estimated 2.3 million Americans have bipolar disorder, also called
manic-depressive illness. While the rate of bipolar disorder is the
same among African Americans as it is among other Americans, African
Americans are less likely to receive a diagnosis and, therefore,
treatment for this illness. This fact sheet discusses factors that have
contributed to African Americans not receiving help for bipolar
disorder and other mental illnesses, signs of bipolar disorder, and
bipolar disorder treatment.