General Gregg Martin
Our guest is Retired Major General Gregg F. Martin, Commander of Combat Engineers
Join us as General Martin shares his battle with bipolar disorder and his new mission to combat stigma!
General Martin is a 36-year Army combat veteran, retired 2-star general, and bipolar survivor. In 2003, Martin commanded a combat engineer brigade during the Iraq war, and the intense stress of combat triggered the genetic predisposition for bipolar and sent him into his first manic episode. After his deployment, he fell into depression, marking his first up-down cycle. For a decade, these swings of mania and depression continued, going undetected, undiagnosed, and unknown by him or anyone around him. It wasn’t until 2014, during an episode of acute mania, that he was removed from his role as President at the National Defense University and began receiving help.
With treatment and support from his family, friends, and an in-patient stay at the VA Hospital, Martin has found a new mission in combatting mental health stigma to save lives.
General Martin’s website: www.generalgreggmartin.com
Check his article: Forever war: What It’s Like To Live With Bipolar
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