Distributor:  The Fanlight Collection
Length:  22 minutes
Date:  2007
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
Color/BW:  Color
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Good Days, Bad Days

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Profiles of people who love and support someone who is struggling with mental illness

Good Days, Bad Days

This intimate documentary profiles several individuals who love and support someone who is struggling with mental illness, examining the profound impact that these disorders can have on other family members. A devoted mother supports her daughter, who has bipolar disorder, and talks about ways that we can all help our relatives. A husband whose wife is also bipolar describes how she had to abandon her career as a psychiatrist, and the struggles they have both had in coping with the life changes they have had to make. A couple who both struggle with schizophrenia and depression, and have learned over time how to support each other, show how they combat the isolation that often accompanies mental illness. This sensitive film not only captures the heroic tolerance and acceptance these family members display, but outlines various techniques that may help people who are trying their very best to assist their loved ones in coping with severe psychiatric conditions.

'Very well done - powerful...these personal stories make assisting a family member dealing with mental illness so supportive.' -Comments from: Mood and Anxiety Conference, Queens University, Ontario


Main credits

Ledbetter, Gary (filmmaker)
Ledbetter, Krista (filmmaker)

Other credits

Music, Jeremy Ledbetter.

Distributor credits

Anna Ledbetter, Gary Ledbetter, and Krista Ledbetter

Anna Ledbetter, Gary Ledbetter, and Krista Ledbetter

Docuseek2 subjects

Mental Disorder
Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis and Therapy
Family Issues

Distributor subjects

Closed Captioned
Depression and Manic Depression
Brain Disorders
Fanlight Collection
Mental Illness
Social Work


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