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Fast Facts About Bipolar Disorder
  • Bipolar disorder affects about 5.7 million adults in the United States. (DBSA)

  • An estimated 4.4% of U.S. adults experience bipolar disorder at some time in their lives. This means one out of every 23 people! (National Institute of Mental Health)

  • On average, persons diagnosed with bipolar disorder have an IQ 10 points higher than persons without these traits. (University  of Glasgow)

  • The lifetime suicide rate for persons with bipolar disorder is 15%, close to the fatality rate for breast cancer. However, this rate drops dramatically with treatment. (Bipolar Lives)

  • With treatment, bipolar disorder has an 80% recovery rate. (Health Central.)

  • Famous people with bipolar disorder include Ted Turner, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Mariah Carey, Winston Churchill, Kanye West, Russell Brand, Patty Duke, Jane Pauley, Kay Redfield Jamison, Carrie Fisher, Mel Gibson, Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, Kristin Hersh, Ernest Hemingway, Sinead O' Connor, Jean-Claude Van Damme