Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Disorder

$31M Awarded to Bipolar Disorder Research since 1987

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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...

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...

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...

One Mom Shares How Early Intervention in Bipolar Disorder Saved Her Daughter’s Life


Amy McClellan’s young daughter Emily had what seemed like normal tantrums in early childhood, but as they progressively worsened into bouts of manic...

Late-Onset Mental Illness Unravels a Family's Life


Among Janet Larsen’s family mementos, carefully preserved and passed down by her mother, is a letter addressed to Janet’s father, Victor Lottmann, on...

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...

Foundation Research Partners Meet Their Current Investigator!


In August, Harryet and Stuart Ehrlich took a mini-vacation from their home in New Jersey to Baltimore, MD. The highlight of their trip was a stop at...

“The Most Important Thing is Hope:” One Woman’s Story of Recovering from Bipolar Disorder


The vitality that got Irene O’Neill voted “most energetic” by her high school graduating class 40 years ago infuses her life today. Five days a week...

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...

From A Nightmare Childhood, a Happy Path Forward


After reclaiming her life from bipolar disorder, a volunteer gives back. It was in eighth grade that Maureen Gillespie began feeling like she was no...