General Martin shows that seeking help for bipolar disorder is a sign of strength

Gregg F. Martin, Major General, US Army (Retired)

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This is the sixth and final part of a six part series written by retired 2 star general Gregg Martin.

Bipolar disorder can affect anyone, regardless of gender, race, education, or class, from preteens to age 60.

It is an equal opportunity disorder and can, at its worst, destroy lives and health, marriages and families, careers, friendships, finances, and more.

Many people with bipolar disorder are not as lucky as I am.

Between 25 and 50 percent of the more than five million people with bipolar disorder in the US attempt suicide at least once.

Eight percent manage to commit suicide, and the suicide rate for people with bipolar disorder is four times that of the general population.

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