About Living With Bipolar Disorder
Hello! My name is Christine Donohue. I've been diagnosed with bipolar disorder for the past two decades. There are over 60 million of us affected by bipolar disorder worldwide.
When you're struggling to keep going, hearing from others who have gone through it can make the difference. Maybe no one else has put your sadness, pain, frustration, and joy into meaningful words.
Welcome to the Living With Bipolar Disorder website. This is the place to share your experience, learn from the experiences of others, and find support.
This website is an accepting environment for you and your family to share your stories. By sharing our stories, we lessen stigma and move forward with optimism.
Please join us and share your story as a Living With Bipolar Disorder Community member.
Bipolar Disorder Facts
Sixty million people worldwide have bipolar disorder, and 1 in 4 people experience some type of mental illness.
About 5.7 million American adults or about 2.6 percent of the population, age 18 and older have bipolar disorder.
does not discriminate
Bipolar disorder is not specific to any particular social group or type of person—it does not discriminate.
Bipolar disorder, formerly known as manic-depressive illness, is a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in a person’s mood, energy, and ability to function.
high and low
The periods of highs are called manic episodes, and the low periods are called depressive episodes.
Bipolar disorder is very treatable, and people with this illness can lead full and productive lives.