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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 Kat Bergman at kbergman@umich.edu. Thank you!

Why I Participate in Research

"I participate in this research with the hope that one day we will find a way to make a simple diagnosis and create a successful treatment plan in a matter of weeks rather than years!"

Read Jennifer's story

Balance

"My name is Mark and I am currently managing bipolar disorder. I would love to help everyone be healthier and happier but I’ve come to the conclusion that everyone is different and the best place to get started is with yourself."

Read Mark's story

Labels & Contexts

"They all call me a high-functioning bipolar. “They” are psychiatrists, psychologists, doctors, and researchers; the people who make the labels."

Read Rachel's story

Off to the Races

"Fired with mania, I got into my car and drove, and drove--and when the gas was empty, I found myself in mid-Wisconsin." 

Read an except from David's book

I know that, without acceptance, healing cannot begin

"Having a diagnosis was HUGE for me. I could finally understand what I was going through."

Read Mitzi's story

Collection of Poems

Kristine wrote some beautiful poems about mania, suicide and healing from depression

Read Kristine's poems

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

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