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High School Essay Contest


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. 

Topic: Notable Figures with Bipolar Disorder

Research a notable figure, past or present, with Bipolar Disorder and tell us how the illness affected their life, encouraged or hindered their success, and what lessons we can take away from their lived experience.

In 500-1,000 words, explain the research you did on the individual. Your notable figure can come from any walk of life, geographical location, or a positive or negative place in history. Please include your own personal insight into the lessons to be learned by the life of your notable figure.

Congratulations, 2017 High School Essay Contest Winners!

1st Place: Angela Li, Seizing The Darkness: An Essay On Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe's Bipolar Disorder

2nd Place: Eric Corona, Turning The Worst Into Success: Ted Turner

3rd Place: Nathan Gagné, Margaret Trudeau and Her Struggle With Bipolar Disorder

I pledge that this essay is my own work. I agree to abide by all guidelines and requirements of International Bipolar Foundation's (IBPF) Essay Contest. I understand that my essay will not be returned and will become the property of IBPF to use at its discretion. I understand that the judges' decisions are final.