ER/NBC/1994-2009 (Bi-polar Depressive & PDSD)
**(Sally Field) Maggie Wyczenski, the bi-polar mother of Chicago ER nurse Abby Lockhart. Abby was a medical student who quit medical school one year shy of graduating and took a job as an ER nurse.
Maggie first appeared on episode “The Visit (a.k.a. I loved you , God, How I loved You”) on November 16, 2002 when Maggie – now off of her medication for her bi-polar condition – unexpectedly visits Abby at her work and ups the stress level in Abby’s already stressful existence as a recovering alcoholic.
Maggie later appeared in episodes No.140 “Rescue Me” on November 23, 2002); No.144 “The Dance We Do” (a.k.a. Rapid Cycling) on December 7th, 2002; episode No.155 “Sailing Away” on April 21, 2001 when Maggie runs off to Oklahoma, locks herself in a motel room and later attempts suicide with sleeping pills); episode No.156 “Fear of Commitment” on May, 3, 2001 when Abby goes to court and successfully argues a 90-day psych hold for her mother; episode No.157 “Where the Heart Is” (a.k.a. Taking Care, a.k.a. Mea Culpa) on May 10, 2001 when Maggie announces plans to move back to her birthplace of Minneapolis while Abby confesses to Maggie that she was once pregnant but had an abortion for fear the child might have a bipolar condition); episode No.169 “Beyond Repair” (un-credited voice only); and episode No.188 “First Snowfall” on November 21, 2002.
Abby’s brother Eric, an Air Force air-traffic controller seems to be exhibiting signs of depression (PDSD – Prolonged Duress Stress Disorder, a precursor to PTSD – Post Traumatic Distress Disorder). His condition (and his resulting AWOL) won him a discharge from the service. He only looks normal because he takes his medications. Both Abby and her mother Maggie showed up to lend him support during his discharge proceedings. Where Eric will go and how he will accept his condition are still up in the air. It’s like being in AA. Before Eric can get better, he must first want to help himself.
Note: Sally Field’s remarkable portrayal of a person with a bi-polar condition earned her an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series.