It is estimated that 15% of the population of patients with bipolar disorder will commit suicide, even with treatment.The suicide rate in untreated bipolar disorder cases is even higher.
Without treatment, a person with bipolar disorder may have intense episodes of depression.
More than 2 million American adults have bipolar disorder.
It typically develops in late adolescence or early adulthood.
Sara was twenty-seven, and what people used to call a wag: smart, quick-witted, encyclopedic.
She could recount every failed Everest expedition in mesmerizing detail -- the sort of a talent I would expect of a rock climber, not someone who'd never gone camping. Then I found out."There's something you should know about me," she said, a couple of hours into the date. I tried to remember if I'd sipped from her drink."I'm bipolar," she said."Good," I replied.