Men’s Corner

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Men & Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder, formerly known as manic-depressive illness, is a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in a person’s mood, energy, and ability to function. Although bipolar disorder is diagnosed in both men and women equally, bipolar symptoms may manifest differently in men.

Stories of Men with Lived Experience

Matt Cohen

Matt Cohen

Hi! My name is Matt Cohen, I’m 22 years old, and I’ve been diagnosed with bipolar 2. This journey has been a long and often hard one, but there’s a whole lot to be proud of, not just for me but for everyone at any point in this journey! Something I am Proud Of: One...

Nev Santana

Nev Santana

Something I am Proud Of After being hospitalized 3yrs in a row, I haven't been hospitalized all of 2020. I've found the correct combination of medication, support, therapy, and overall balance. I've also come to an understanding that bipolar isn't an event that you...

Lawrence Van Treeck

Lawrence Van Treeck

Something I Am Proud Of: I am proud of myself for learning to better manage my anxiety. It has been a long road, with lots of hard work, and I have learned a lot about myself and my anxiety. For example, it largely shows up in work environments, in large group...

Gregory Gebhart

Gregory Gebhart

Something I Am Proud Of: I am especially proud of the fact that I was able to write and self-publish “The Mental Patient: A Journey of Faith” on Amazon. This fictional memoir is based on my 65 years of struggling with bipolar with psychosis. It came in three stages...

Jesse Zook Mann

Jesse Zook Mann

Something I Am Proud Of: I am proud that I have been able to transform my most painful years into work that helps others get better. I am proud to bring patients who dedicate their lives to their healing journey together. Advice For Newly Diagnosed: I almost gave up...

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Support Resources

Support resources containing educational information, tips for men with bipolar, bipolar support groups, and more! If you need help finding a specific resource, email info@ibpf.org for assistance.

From the Blog

Matt Cohen

Matt Cohen

Hi! My name is Matt Cohen, I’m 22 years old, and I’ve been diagnosed with bipolar 2. This journey has been a long and often hard one, but there’s a whole lot to be proud of, not just for me but for...

Bipolar Disorder in Men

Bipolar Disorder in Men

Author: John Budin As a psychiatrist living with bipolar disorder, I have been both a care receiver and a care giver. Over the span of my career, I have treated many men with bipolar disorder having...

Everyone Suffers

Everyone Suffers

Author: George Hofmann Last summer, with people crying out in the streets, I learned about the need to pause and listen to each other in the midst of uncertainty and upset. As we begin 2021, with...

Educational Videos

Interview With Jesse Zook Mann

Addiction and Bipolar – Learning to Sparkle in Hard Times

A Memoir Of Food, Love, And Manic Depression

For Men Only- Call To Action!

Interview With Author Ryan Heffernan – Clown & I

An Interview With Gabe Howard

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