Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Disorder

$39M 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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From A Nightmare Childhood, a Happy Path Forward

It was in eighth grade that Maureen Gillespie began feeling like she was no longer herself. She experienced hallucinations and unexplained bursts of anger. She started acting out. One time she saw John and Bobby Kennedy in her bedroom. Another time, she wandered out of school for recess and didn’t...

A Downward Spiral Leads to Uplift

Dreams and reality were always at odds for Keith O’Neil. With a former NFL player for a father and an early love for the game, he longed to play professional football, even as a child. “I always had a dream about playing in the league,” he says. But severe anxiety clouded that childhood vision. “I...

Mother Finds Stability from Bipolar Disorder with Lithium – Receives Kidney from Her Daughter

Ruth Deming is an award-winning writer and psychotherapist and director of New Directions of Abington, PA, a nonprofit organization she started in 1986 to provide help and support to people with mood disorders. People like herself. Two years before she founded New Directions, seemingly out of the...