Bipolar General: My Forever War with Mental Illness | Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin | #talkBD EP 37 🎖️

September 15, 2023
Bipolar General: My Forever War with Mental Illness | Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin | #talkBD EP 37 🎖️

A remarkable story of living with bipolar disorder: 36-year US Army retired combat veteran Maj. Gen. Gregg. F. Martin shares his experience of bipolar disorder after joining the army at 18, including how his symptoms remained hidden and undiagnosed despite alarming warning signs during multiple deployments and stages of his military career. Gregg Martin also details his route to recovery, bipolar disorder in his family, and his top strategies to live well with bipolar disorder.

Hosted by Dr. Erin Michalak.

Chapters & Timestamps

00:00 Introduction
00:52 Joining the Army & Early Years
06:51 The Iraq War & Paranoia
11:22 Depression – “The Crash”
13:27 “The Real Mania”
16:45 How My Bipolar Symptoms Were Hidden
19:31 My Diagnosis Was Exposed
24:23 Rebuilding Relationships (Family & Friends)
28:12 Two Sons Also Have Bipolar Disorder
29:02 Reflecting on Misdiagnosis
34:12 “You Will Pull Out of This”
35:21 Message to Maggie (Wife)
37:35 Daily Wellness Routine
40:21 Bipolar General – The Book

Gregg’s new book: “Bipolar General: My Forever War with Mental Illness” is available on Amazon (Hardcover/Kindle). The book is published by the US Naval Institute Press and endorsed by the Association of the US Army. For more information, visit /

Gregg F. Martin PhD, is a 36-year Army combat veteran, bipolar survivor and thriver, and retired two-star general. A former president of the National Defense University, he has lived most of his life on the Bipolar Spectrum, and is a qualified Airborne-Ranger-Engineer and strategist, who holds degrees from West Point and MIT. An author, speaker, and mental health advocate, he lives with his wife in Cocoa Beach, Florida.

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