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Ashley Jacobs is Director of Operations for the International Bipolar Foundation, www.ibpf.org. She is a member of the committee that reviews essay contest entries.

Posted March 2, 2015, 11 a.m. by Ashley Jacobs | View Comments
Bipolar Disorder Essay Contest

Close your eyes and picture the people you know—family, friends, coworkers, classmates, neighbors, and acquaintances. Who do you see? A football fan? A nature lover? A great cook? But there’s something else. About 60 million people worldwide have a brain disorder known as bipolar disorder or manic-depressive illness. Chances are someone you know has this mental illness or cares for someone who does. Learning about bipolar disorder can help you understand the impact this disease has on those affected by it so you can respond to them with care and sensitivity. Plus, in the process, you’ll have the chance to ...