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Black box, Dr Black

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Anyone watching Black Box?

What do you think of Dr Black?

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Care to elaborate a little? Is this on TV? Streaming? Pay per view?

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Care to elaborate a little? Is this on TV? Streaming? Pay per view?

Its a series on ABC (TV).

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I watched about 5 episodes and just couldn't do it anymore. The acting was horrid..the situations ridiculous...and to me it made Bipolar Disorder seem 'glamorous' for lack of a better word and that there were no real repercussions to the manic episodes. To me the only realistic thing (and even then only very slightly) was the plight of her brother and his wife. How they had to deal with her and the issues she brought with her were somewhat real. Being the aunt of a bipolar young woman, I didn't see anything good about how they portray Dr Black or the situations she found herself in.

Not a fan of the show and really not a fan of Dr Black. Just my $0.02.

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I watched about 5 episodes and just couldn't do it anymore. The acting was horrid..the situations ridiculous...and to me it made Bipolar Disorder seem 'glamorous' for lack of a better word and that there were no real repercussions to the manic episodes. To me the only realistic thing (and even then only very slightly) was the plight of her brother and his wife. How they had to deal with her and the issues she brought with her were somewhat real. Being the aunt of a bipolar young woman, I didn't see anything good about how they portray Dr Black or the situations she found herself in.

Not a fan of the show and really not a fan of Dr Black. Just my $0.02.

I am in total agreement with this. The acting is horrible and even I, with no medical background whatsoever, can see that the scenarios are far-fetched and totally unbelievable. I made it to episode 2 and gave up. I am extremely surprised that it wasn't one of those one episode and it's cancelled sort of shows. It's that bad.

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Being bipolar myself, I was hoping for a fairly accurate portrayal of the illness and not sensationalism. I too have been disappointed. The final episode was probably the most realistic, as it showed Catherine decompensating and becoming manic over the course of days rather than hours. It also showed the very real consequences of uncontrolled mania as she almost destroyed several relationships and wound up in a mental health facility after she was found half-naked in a city park. That sort of thing does happen sometimes in severe mania, as does the need to put one's life back together and try to make things right again with family, friends, and even employers after the episode is over.

I think that part of the show was handled pretty decently, because I've been through some similar situations. Unfortunately, sometimes there are things that can't be fixed...not even after we apologize for our actions (some of which we don't even remember because blackouts often accompany mania) and do what we can to try to repair what we've broken. Catherine ran up against this reality in the case of her job, and got fired at the very end of the last show.

Hopefully the next time someone decides to produce a show about a lead character with a mental illness, they'll have consultants who actually live with one of these conditions. This sensitive topic could have been made into a groundbreaking drama that might have helped dispel some of the stigma attached to psychiatric illnesses. I wish Black Box had been done better.

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