Skip to comments.Robert De Niro breaks down in tears as he discusses the plight of his bipolar illness
Posted on 02/05/2013 9:18:04 AM PST by dennisw
Robert De Niro wasn't acting when he broke down in sobs on Katie Couric's day time talk show Monday.
The usually tough-guy actor was a guest on Katie to discuss the hit film Silver Linings Playbook with director David O. Russell and co-star Bradley Cooper.
When asked about the film's premise - that of a bipolar character trying in vain to fit in - The Goodfellas actor began to cry.
'Did you feel a greater responsibility about doing a film that David had so much personally invested in?' the anchor asked, following up on a question asked of Russell.
'Of course, I uhm I understand,' replied De Niro, who plays the father of Bradley Cooper's troubled Pat. After a long pause, he tried to continue, but sobbed up.
'I dont like to get emotional, but I know exactly what he goes through.'
Russell was inspired to write the film because his son suffers from bipolar disorder as well as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Those are the mental illnesses that plague Coopers character Pat.
'Theres nothing harder in life than when you cant, cant figure out what to do,' Russell said about dealing with a character like Pat. 'You try everything, and you must never stop. Your heart just has to keep growing.'
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Breaks my heart
You talkin’ to me?
Is everyone bipolar? It’s getting ridiculous.
...As well as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder?
...As well as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder?
I know. Sometimes I get so excited about it and other times it just makes me sad.
FU bobby D
I found no headline or article supporting that Deniro has Bipolar Disorder. Does he?
Next stop Oprah for a real sob fest.
“Is everyone bipolar? Its getting ridiculous.”
If a polar bear will have sex with either male or female polar bears, is he then bipolar?
So then, what do they give to a bipolar bear that is having sexual problems? Abilify:)
> Is everyone bipolar? Its getting ridiculous.
This planet is bipolar.
> Is everyone bipolar? Its getting ridiculous.
This planet is bipolar.
One of the things that makes living with mental illness ( or having a loved one with an illness) so difficult is the level of stigma attached to these horrible illnesses. The sigma is caused largely by simple ignorance of these disorders. By the way, my son is doing very well because he is on the right medication and has a supportive family who educated themselves.
“Analyze This”!!! Genuine tears? Riiiiggggghhhhhttttt!
Oh my gosh. Bless you. My wife and I completed that course around Thanksgiving. It was truly a life changing experience in so many ways.
No, not everyone is bipolar, but the ones who are suffer greatly and should not be riduculed. Just hope YOU or someone in your family don’t end up with a disorder such as that. You won’t be laughing then, trust me.
Yup, right after ADHD and autism.
It looks like the headline got changed somewhere along the way. As I read the article, De Niro understands what David O. Wallace goes through with his bipolar son, either because he saw them interact, or because he goes through something similar with his own kids. By that interpretation, De Niro has a child who's either bipolar or troubled in some other way.
Of course he could be bipolar himself, but if he plays the parent of a bipolar child in the movie and is talking about how real-life experience made it easier or richer or satisfying for him to play the role, he wouldn't be talking about having the condition himself.
That's great! Our son was originally diagnosed with BP back in 2006, at which time we got involved with NAMI and took the F2F 12-week course. Frankly it was a life saver for us. I doubt our son would be doing as we'll as he is now had we not taken that course. My wife and I have been instructors for F2F for about 6 years now and in fact we're starting another 12-week class this week (22 people signed up). The last class I taught was at the VA hospital with family members of ill Vets.
Bipolar: Hollywood Lib, violent movies, big bucks, feel guilty, blow smoke up Clinton’s skirt.
Whether or not this clown has a diagnosis is beside the point.
Bipolar, Mentall Illness, whatever, It’s the new cool.
If Bipolar is cool enough for BD, then it’s cool enough for Everybody, and Goodbye 2nd Amendment.
Robert De Niro and Robin Williams were “self-medicating” the night their friend John Belushi ODed.
Some think that Hollywood’s recent bipolar ODs and human disaster stories that play out in the gossip press are something new. And Hollywood gossip queens at TMZ love to see them fall. Sort of prevents some of them from seeking the help they need.
ADD,ADHD,BiPolar,Dyslexic.Geshhhhhhhh The scamers and phonys have screwed it up for the legit ones,Oh well.
SSI payments go to tooooooo f’en many that have some type of trumped up BS infliction.Start investigating each claim applied for and I will change my tune
You did it now.
Waiting,...10...9.....8.... until the, “Your son doesn’t have a mental illness. Its just bad parenting.” crowd to chime in.
My son has ADHD w/Aspergers.
Everytime one of these nitwits shows up describing their perfect kid and perfect parenting methods I want to come right thru the computer screen at em.
Mental Health Benefits of Amber Colored Lenses
Preliminary research has shown that amber colored lenses, which block blue light, can help regulate the mood of those suffering from bipolar disorder, insomnia, sleep deprivation as well as other maladies. Jim Phelps, M.D., from Corvallis, Oregon, is a pioneer in the field and has written extensively on the subject.
In an abstract from his study titled Dark Therapy for Bipolar Disorder Using Amber Lenses for Blue Light Blockade, Dr. Phelps writes that Dark Therapy, a treatment that uses total darkness to stabilize mood in those with bipolar disorder, is supported in several studies. This is basically the opposite of light therapy for depression.
(me again) Ive been working on sleeping better, theres some great tips to help, and let me say I feel great since I started on this, just keep it open in a tab and read as necessary;
How to Sleep Better
How Light Affects Our Sleep
marksdailyapple.com has some other articles too, just havent read them yet, but it also recommends a free computer program to to cut down on blue light emissions, basically it turns a light shade of orange at night, here's another link for that;
Better lighting...for your computer
No, not everyone is mentally ill- but almost everyone is sick.
We are poisoned with one or more of the following: Indoctrination in the schools, environmental chemicals, vaccines, GMOs and/or media brainwashing- in TV, movies, print.
It is highly frustrating to live in this country. People react to adrenaline, hormones, chemicals... with physical and emotional illness. Mental illness do happen as well.
Our society is sick everywhere we look. But no, not everyone is bipolar.
BFD, I’m bi-polar and don’t go around sobbing about the reason I must take meds! I get so tired of this crap.
F him. He’s the moron who berated everyone who criticized his idol p-resident Odumbo and he wants my sympathy? LOL, I hope his condition gets worse.
So what’s the right medication in your opinion? My son is bi-polar and OCD too.
“...As well as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder?”
And the Oscar for Best Creative Use of the Double Post goes to...
Whatever sells tickets.
Po boy’s not only bipolar, but also, OH HORROR! bicoastal as well.
Sure looks like he is claiming he is bipolar...better than being bisexual or bicoastal
OK, Bob, so you really weren’t acting then in “Taxi Driver”.
I’ve got my eyes on you!
I’m not a Doctor and thus can’t answer that, and besides, every individual is different with respect to what works and what doesn’t. I know that some medications work for some people and not for others. Generally, doctors will prescribe what has the least side-effects first (first line medications) and only move to second or third line Meds (with harsher side effects) if necessary. In the 12week class I teach, we have a module on medications. If there is a NAMI affiliate in your area, I’d highly recommend you call and ask if the Family-to-Family course is available in your area. It made a huge difference for us.
I’m just unipolar but so far everyone has seemed pretty happy with it.
I had read books on bp years ago, before getting divorced. Both my ex and her son, who I adopted, are bp. The best natural remedy was mineral water with lithium b/c the amt was minute enough not too become toxic.
Unfortunately the drug companies lobbied the FDA, who saw fit to prevent labeling for mineral waters. So I’m tempted to start vacationing and getting samples of as many different mineral waters as possible.
My ex hated the drugs and my son does too - too much zombification and what’s worse is going off the meds with brief rounds of psychotic behaviours.
My parents were married in 1950, after my mother got her degree in music education, and she began teaching. A few months later, she had a breakdown and was placed in a mental hospital, where she was given shock treatments. During her time there, she somehow managed to gouge out her own eye.
Six months later, with a new prosthetic, she was determined well enough and released. She and my father settled down and started a family, but my mother was never really happy. She began having huge mood swings. For a few weeks, she would seem so full of energy and unconcerned about anything. Then, she would suddenly crash and, for several more weeks, be unable to cope with the smallest problem. She was so severely depressed, she often considered suicide, but only stopped when she thought about her two young children.
Finally, one day, she was diagnosed as bipolar and started on medical therapy. Not only did her life turn around emotionally, but she accepted Christ as her Savior and suddenly had a whole new reason to live.
My favorite anecdote in all this: When she left the mental hospital, she always remembers a nurse snidely telling her shed be back in ten years. Instead, ten years later, she was traveling around as a speaker for Christian Womens Club, telling this same story to help inspire others.
This is what kills me about the Hollywood freaks.
The vast majority are mentally ill but they profess their views as ones we should adopt. It proves the Skeeter is mentally ill also because the dufus hangs on to their every word.
Wonder how much pot he smoked?
Well God bless your Mother!! If you want to read a good first-hand account about mental illness and BP in particular, I recommend “They Call Me Anna,” by Patty Duke ( who is also BP).
Thanks for these links! I know someone to share them with...
Thank you. I did read that years ago because, at the time, bipolar illness was relatively unknown and Patty was the first celebrity to speak out about it that I’d heard of.
here is a gentle available form of lithium>>>
Thanks for that link, I’ll follow up on it tonight hopefully at the drugstore. If there are others reading, lurking here too, they may benefit too since Lithium Orotate appears to be used for a wide variety of needs:
as well as:
Wiki does warn the Orotate may cause kidney problems so I plan to purchase some Lithium Carbonate too if I can find it.
Plus, it is claimed to improve memory too. After I first read about BP [around 20 years ago], I got a cassette tape in the mail entitled: “Dead Doctors don’t Lie”. These 2 things started me on a quest investigating minerals and their health benefits. The tape was recorded by a veterinarian who claimed physicians/MDs died on average 10 years prior to their patients.
Some years prior a good friend lost her father due to an aneurysm. He was a great man and an exceptional neurosugeon who had saved another of my friend’s life in college following a car accident.
All these events gelled and got me to looking at many different alternative medicines and healthy lifestyles, partly b/c in my mid-thirties I was well on my way to colon cancer. I tried all kinds of diet and exercise [an apple a day helped the most but not enough] until finally I went to a chiropractor. I never had the colonoscopy my MD advised at 39 yo, but all my symptoms began to dissipate within the first 3 months of intensive back-cracking [much thanks to Dr. Aaron].
WARNING: Graphic details follow...
Before the chiro I’d investigated the colon treatment and found they’d charge 3-4k for the colon/rectum scraping and then re-test every 5 years just in case they needed to do it again - yikes. The worst part though, if the polyps [scraped from the colon wall] sent in for testing are cancerous then there is a chance the scraping could release the cancer cells into your bloodstream - double yikes. DYK that modern MDs no longer are required to take the hippocratic oath of “first do no harm”? And they deign to call chiropractor ‘quacks’ ha!
How bad were my symptoms? My MD ordered a blood occult test from my stool sample, I sometimes got so constipated that I’d turn the toilet bowl blood red when I was finally relieved. A couple of times I nearly passed out on the throne as the blood rushed from my head. I was afraid to eat anything with cheese and I also avoided alcohol completely. Nothing in my diet or exercise could solve this problem.
If you want to know more about chiropractic care see my homepage [found 2 very good books on the subject]. I’m healthier now than I’ve been in a long time - feels more like my early twenties, but I’m 51 and have not seen an MD in 12 years!
1. I own the tape Dead Doctors Don’t Lie. I haven’t listened to it in a while, though.
2. My chiropractor has a picture on his wall of a guys back that had one disk that was REALLY out of allignment. The reason? He explained that there are three types of nerves coming out of each vertebrea. One is the one that causes pain when it is pinched. The other two are either for maintenance of organs or repair of organs. I’m giving the simplistic explanation here. Anyway, the nerves in the picture were clearly atrophied, but the one that would cause pain did not. However, the others controlled the kidneys. The guy died of kidney failure.
I started going to the Chiropractore at age 32 and am now 59. My back has, since that time, felt better than it did in my 20’s. I know this becaus it had always been painful to wash my car before that time. With the exception of a couple of bouts of back injury, that has not happened since.
BTW, If you have not seen it, go to youtube and search for the movie, “The Beautiful Truth”. The whole thing is there. It is like “Dead Doctors Don’t Lie” on steroids.
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