Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Disorder

$31M Awarded to Bipolar Disorder Research since 1987

Key Figures

5.7 million

Bipolar disorder affects approximately 5.7 million adult Americans or about 2.6% of the U.S. population age 18 and older every year.*

60 million people

Bipolar disorder affects about 60 million people worldwide.*

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‘Taking Strides’ for Recovery from Bipolar Disorder

From The Quarterly, Summer 2011 The Ehrlich family of northern New Jersey and Amelia Versace, M.D., transplant from Verona, Italy to the University of Pittsburgh, share a commitment. Participants in the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation Research Partners program, they are mutually determined...

I Thought Maybe This Was Normal: A family’s struggle with bipolar disorder highlights the importance of diagnosis and early intervention

From The Quarterly, Summer 2011 This fall, 18-year-old Owen Whalen will enter the freshman class at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in his home town of Rochester, New York. An outstanding student, he’s been awarded a tuition grant by the school, which he’ll supplement with earnings from...

I Share My Story As Others Begin their Journey…

This is a true story about what happened to a family when mental illness struck one of its children. My son Todd Christopher O’Connell was born April 18, 1965. It was an Easter Sunday. Everyone said “Todd is going to be special because he was born on Easter Sunday.” And special he was. He was...