Walk raises hope, research money – Local/State – News & Observer

RALEIGH — When Jimmy Gibbs is on a high, he’s on top of the world. He’s optimistic and cheerful and loves to spend money. He can spend more than $10,000 in a matter of months, in fact, and spiral into debt because he feels so good. And when Gibbs, 47, is feeling down, he’s lower than low. He can barely get out of bed, and he might feel suicidal.

But things are getting better. With the help of 12 different medications, Gibbs said, he feels more in control of his rapid cycling bipolar disorder, a severe form of the illness he was diagnosed with in 1995. Story continues here ➤