Eric’s parents, Dr. Bruce and Sally Riddle, join us in Studio E in this penultimate episode of Eric hosting the podcast. Bruce shares his story living with bipolar disorder, discussing the struggle getting through his med school internship and residency. Sally talks through the decision not to share the diagnosis with friends and work contacts for over 40 years. After Bruce’s hospitalization in 2020, they made the decision to share the diagnosis publicly. In this episode, they talk through the experience of 5 decades of marriage and the benefits of finally being able to share with friends and their church.
Some questions explored on this episode:
When did Bruce first start experiencing bipolar symptoms?
How did he navigate the journey to becoming a doctor while struggling through depressive and manic episodes?
How have their relationships with friends changed since deciding to share his diagnosis?
How did their experience prepare them for supporting Eric when he first experienced depression in high school?
What does healing mean to them?