If you don’t battle a specific mental illness, like Bipolar Disorder, it’s almost impossible to understand what the person suffering from the condition might be feeling and how difficult their day to day life really is. However, there is a documentary about the famed play-by-play announcer Mauro Ranallo, called Bipolar Rock’N’Roller that will give you a deep understanding about the difficulties of living with Bipolar Disorder as you’ve never seen before.
For those of you who don’t know who Mauro Ranallo is, he is arguably the best play-by-play announcer in the fight game today. He was at the forefront of Mixed Martial Arts as the voice of Pride in its early days and has since become the voice of Showtime Boxing, calling some of the biggest fights in boxing history. Ranallo is also the voice of the WWE’s wrestling brand, NXT, which is a developmental league but quickly becoming the WWE’s coolest brand that their fans follow. In a nutshell, Mauro Ranallo is proof that someone who battles a debilitating illness like Bipolar Disorder, can not only lead a productive life, but can also be the best at what he does too.
Over his life, Ranallo has been hospitalized over five times, and in this documentary, through old and new footage, we can see his breakdowns as they happen. It’s heartbreaking to watch, but it gives us a glimpse of how the mind of someone battling Bipolar Disorder works. It’s important for all of us who don’t fight it, to watch it, so we can put ourselves in someone else’s shoes, and give them the empathy they need.
As you watch the highs and lows of Ranallo’s life, every time he thinks it’s over for him, some brief glimmer of hope gives him the gas he needs to flip his internal switches, and somehow he’s able to drag himself out of the depths of his depression. His work is where he actually feels most normal and where he’s supposed to be. It’s always been able to uplift him because of how much he loves doing it. And even though it’s taken a long time, with his most recent meltdowns coming a few years ago, his current employers now treat him with respect, admiration, and a hug. With Ranallo, that hug goes a long way as it makes him feel understood. And this belief comforts him as he soldiers on with his lifelong fight.
Bipolar Rock’N’Roller also discusses the topics of his relationships, as well as the medications prescribed by doctors, and alternative therapies as well. In my opinion, anyone who battles Bipolar Disorder, or has a loved one that battles Bipolar Disorder, should run to watch this documentary as soon as possible. Then, once you see it, tell everyone else you know to watch it too.
If you or a loved one you know battles with Bipolar Disorder or any Mental Health Issues, please do get the help you need. If you need to talk to someone now, you can talk to one of the many fantastic therapists at Better Help by CLICKING HERE.