“Disordered” follows the everyday dealings of Lonnie, who is miserable at work, single, “almost” thirty—oh, and bipolar. The series breaks open the complexity of mental illness and the somehow even more complex world of a twenty-something. With no good job or dating prospects, Lonnie must sometimes make the best of what she’s got… which, when she thinks about it, isn’t much at the moment. But Lonnie perseveres the best way she knows how: with a little help from her friends and the occasional, misguided shopping spree. Bipolar Disorder affects 5.7 million people in the United States, but Lonnie refuses to be a statistic. She does, however, consent to being a victim if cash is involved.
Watch as Lonnie and her friends, Kendall and Milo navigate their dreaded late twenties, their last time for recklessness before hitting thirty, which to them might as well be the afterlife. As they see it, this is the time to find the dream guy, the dream job, and become the person you dream to be “when you grow up.” That’s what Lonnie, Kendall, and Milo intend to do. So what if they have no idea what they’re doing?
At twenty-six, Lonnie is stuck in a rut: she can’t find a job or a guy worth getting excited over. She dreams of being a writer but doesn’t everyone? The job she holds now, writing project reports for a non-profit, is boring and made even worse by her boss, Mary. What is Mary’s deal anyway? Is she terminally bitch-faced? Lonnie can’t help but distract herself with dating but her love life at this point needs serious resuscitation. Maybe it’s the part of town she’s in but the guys she meets either fall into one of two categories: un-dateable or un-mentionable.
On top of this, Lonnie was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and is still learning to cope. It’s kind of a weird disorder to deal with. With luck, a lot of the time you are fine. Sometimes you are depressed and sometimes you are frantic. Sometimes you are somebody else completely. The medications are weird and the psychiatrists who prescribe them are weirder. It’s a high-functioning illness and most often Lonnie is fine. But when sleep gets inconsistent and stress piles on, it is easy to become vulnerable to the illness. Lonnie must adjust to a new life of managing an unpredictable condition in an unpredictable world.
“Disordered” is set in the city of Philadelphia, where the food is great and (some of) the people are kind. It’s a colorful backdrop to Lonnie’s already colorful life. Lonnie lives in West Philadelphia, which she refers to as “hipster haven.” Skinny jeans and ironic tattoos run rampant. However, the hipster movement is completely lost on Lonnie, who thinks it takes too much effort to be that cool. Which makes her kinda cool, she hopes.
Yep, Lonnie considers herself a typical girl… with some definite quirks. A girl who dreams of roaming Manhattan on shopping sprees, having lots of friends, going to lots of parties, and having a cute, ethnically-ambiguous boyfriend she can show off at her 10-year high school reunion. But life hasn’t quite shaped up that way for Lonnie and she’s figuring out how to be okay with that. After all, she can’t be that typical, she has her own web series.
“Disordered” is scheduled to release in 2014.