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Personal Accounts

Do you suffer from bipolar illness and would like to share your story to be posted to our website? Your story will help bust the stigma that keeps people from getting care and perpetuates misunderstanding about those affected by bipolar disorder.

If you are interested in sharing your story, please email gjharrin@umich.edu. Thank you!

Why I Participate in Research

"When I think about the course of my life and my experience in this world, I believe that nothing has affected me more profoundly than bipolar disorder."

Read Catherine's story

Finding My Way

"My mind's journey is bipolar in nature as it has taken me through the depths of sheer hopelessness to the heights of indescribable vision. "

Read Stephanie's story

Golden Ratio

"I open my eyes, and instantly my brain ignites. I gain peak momentum by the first step out of bed. Surges of motivation sling me from dancing like a worm ninja to meditating in a headstand"

Read Alex's story

A Journey of Discovery

"Learning you have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder is not easy for anyone especially a young, beautiful and creative college freshman in the prime of her life."

Read Kaitlyn's story

Run Against the Wind

"The final visit my family had been invited to join me. It was then that the doctor explained his diagnosis: bipolar disorder – or manic depression. "

Read Joyce's story

Weathering the Storms

"Gus is truly my “little miracle,” and now, three years later, he is my Psychiatric Service Dog."

Read Lisa's story

Madness in the NFL

The Greg Montgomery Story – a 14 minute video

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For the Good of All

"At the very foundational level, research and the understanding of bipolar illness is what will lead to greater acceptance in the end. I’m proud to say I was part of it."

Read Robin's story

I Am What I Am

"Although this experience was devastating and one that I will have to deal with for the rest of my life, it will not defeat me, nor will it define me." 

Read Maddie's story