December 2010

Gregory Montgomery, Jr.: The True Story of an Ex-NFL Player with Bipolar Disorder

I first became acquainted with former NFL punter Gregory Montgomery, Jr. on Facebook—you might be surprised to learn that I don’t usually have contact with former NFL players—when we both joined some Facebook support groups for people with Bipolar Disorder. I was immediately impressed with Greg’s courage to share his story in order to help others and was intrigued to find out more about him.

 

Mental Illness, Bipolar Disorder, and Suicide

One in five Americans suffered from a mental illness in 2009. Less than forty percent of the mentally ill received treatment for whatever disorder they had--the disorders in the survey ranged from unipolar depression, to bipolar depression, to schizophrenia.

 

The survey found a strong link between mental health problems and alcoholism and drug abuse. Mental illness was also more likely among the unemployed, young adults and women. Overall, more than 8 million had serious thoughts of suicide, and 1 million tried to carry them out.