Robert Post, M.D., is an expert on bipolar disorder and a Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives member. He completed his psychiatry residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), and George Washington University. At NIMH, Post worked his way up to chief of the Biological Psychiatry Branch, a position he held for many of his 36 years there. He now leads the Bipolar Collaborative Network.
Bipolar disorder affects approximately 5.7 million American adults, or about 2.6 percent of the U.S. population age 18 and older in a given year, according to the NIMH. In the interview below, edited for clarity, Dr. Post talks about the disorder, including potential treatments.