These may prove to be useful to you in understanding bipolar.
Winona Ryder, Angelina Jolie, Whoopie Goldberg, Vanessa Redgrave
Director: James Mangold
Story: Based on a book by Susanna Kaysen and tells the story of a young women's hospitalisation during the 1960's. A Jolie won a Golden Globe and Academy for her portrayal.
Drew Barrymore, Chris O'Donnell
Director: Antonia Bird
Written by: Paula Milne
Story: Two Seattle teenagers fall in love and then run away. She is manic depressive and he learns to love her despite this and deal with the awful disease.
Richard Gere, Lena Olin, Anne Bancroft
Director: Mike Figgis
Story: Individuals struggle with manic depression and his growing relationship with his psychiatrist.