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Bipolar Disorder and What I Would Tell #MyYoungerSelf | Todd Fisher for Carrie Fisher

Bipolar Disorder and What I Would Tell #MyYoungerSelf | Todd Fisher for Carrie Fisher

– Hi, I’m Todd Fisher,
Carrie Fisher’s brother. You know, Princess Leia? When Carrie and I were growing up, we knew there was something
going on with her. Her behavior got more and more extreme; everything seemed to be
more difficult for her. There were no diagnoses at that
time about bipolar disorder, so she was struggling through
something and was very alone. All she had was the support of her family. And eventually, we found some doctors that made us aware of this disorder. When I lost Carrie
recently, I was standing at our family service and I said “We need Carrie to put words
to what just happened.” Because there really are no adequate words to describe these kinds of losses in life. But when you look back on Carrie’s life, she did not leave us with
nothing, now, did she? She left us with this amazing inspiration of a person that’s survived
incredible adversity. She excelled in life in
everything she put her hand to, whether it be writing or
acting, even Broadway. People don’t know it was almost anything she wanted to do, she did. But without the help of her doctors, and her family, and medication, I don’t think we would’ve
seen what we were seeing. To any child who’s struggling
today with mental health or a learning disorder,
take a look at Carrie. Use her as your role model. Do not be afraid to ask for help. You’re not alone, and treatment does work.

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