People who have manic depressive illness discuss the effect that it has had on their lives and they teach how to manage this serious condition. Traditionally manic depressive illness has been treated primarily with medication. While medication remains the centrepiece of treatment there is increasing awareness among consumers and health professionals that treatment requires a combination of medication, counselling, attention to early warning signs of relapse and sensible and informed lifestyle choices. With careful attention to all of these things the outlook for people who have manic depressive illness is optimistic. The people appearing in this video address all these aspects of an integrated approach to staying well.