9 August 2023

The 25th Conference of the International Society for Bipolar Disorders (ISBD) was held in Chicago from 22-25 June 2023. There were 560 delegates, including many of the world’s leading experts on bipolar disorders. A wide range of topics and issues were discussed in over 50 keynote and concurrent sessions. About 2-3% of the global population are affected by bipolar, but diagnosis typically takes about ten years after first presentation. Brian Hicks, a British journalist, reports on some conference highlights, reflects on the history of lithium treatment and relates some of his own bipolar journey.

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About the author

Brian Hicks is a Yorkshireman and Oxford biochemistry graduate. He has strong interest in foreign languages and specialises in market research and journalism. In his younger days, Brian was a keen athlete and a founder member of Reading Road Runners. He lived in Reading for over 20 years and worked in Reading's twin town of Düssedorf for eight years. He reports on the commercial refrigeration sector and also writes columns for local newspapers in Reading and Wokingham.

Last updated: 15 August 2023