Bipolarized is a documentary about one man’s personal journey to heal.
Diagnosed with bipolar disorder, Ross’s psychiatrist told him he would live with the disorder for the rest of his life and that he would have to take lithium to control symptoms. To Ross, taking the drug daily felt like a chemical lobotomy, leaving him in a foggy, drug-induced haze. Ross ultimately decided to resolve his symptoms outside of conventional medicine. He progressively reduced his use of the psychotropic drug lithium, at an experimental clinic in Costa Rica. What unfolded was an exploration into alternative therapies to address his symptoms and an intensive search for the root cause of his mental breakdown.
The film uses Ross’s personal experiences to tell a larger story about medication. It will reveal how we are labeling more and more people with mental illnesses and how, in tandem, we are prescribing more and more toxic psychotropic drugs to treat these illnesses.
Bipolarized weaves together a series of interviews with activists, psychiatrists and other psychiatric survivors who have challenged the status quo as well as recounts some of the alternative therapies Ross uses to maintain his mental, emotional and physical health.