How Patty Duke Gave Hope to Millions Suffering from Bipolar Disorder

Aired on 10/04/2007 | CC tv-pg
Editor's Note: We were saddened to learn when Hollywood legend Patty Duke passed away on March 29, 2016, at the age of 69. Above is a clip from Patty's 2007 Oprah Show appearance.

Patty Duke won an Oscar® as a teen for her unforgettable performance as Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker. Years later, after being diagnosed with bipolar disorder, Patty became an outspoken advocate for mental health causes, spending decades increasing awareness and destigmatizing mental illness.

In a 2007 Oprah Show episode, Patty offered guidance to Pat and her son Chris, who had been diagnosed as bipolar and had suffered for years from suicidal thoughts. In the clip above, Patty comforts Chris and gives him hope for his future and for recovery from his pain.

Original airdate: October 4, 2007