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Ted Turner, a brilliant entrepreneur despite bipolar disorder!

Ted Turner, an American billionaire media mogul, founder of CNN and former owner of MLB’s Atlanta Braves and NBA team Atlanta Hawks suffers from bipolar disorder. It was reported that after his third marriage (to Jane Fonda) dissolved in 2001, Ted Turner contemplated suicide, which is a prominent symptom of bipolar disorder. Turner’s father had also committed suicide almost 50 years ago. Bipolar disorder (also called manic-depressive disorder or bipolar affective disorder) is a condition that causes extreme mood swings from sadness or hopelessness to euphoria and excessive mania. Bipolar disorder can be controlled with psychological counseling (psychotherapy) and medications. In addition, there are 90 clinical trials currently active to find new treatments for bipolar disorder including:

You can also research investigators, treatments and interventions for bipolar disorder as well as understand why clinical trials are important while seeking help for bipolar disorder. Symptoms for manic or euphoric phase of bipolar disorder include hyperactivity, increased energy, agitation, delusions of grandeur, irritation and reckless behavior. Symptoms of  depressed phase of bipolar disorder include persistent thoughts of death and suicide, appetite and weight loss, fatigue and loss of self-esteem.

Ted Turner is one of the most brilliant entrepreneurs and businessmen of the 20th century, despite his bipolar disorder condition. Ted Turner was Humanist of the Year by the American Humanist Association in 1990 and Time Magazine’s Man of the Year in 1991. A few years later, Turner pledged to donate $1 billion of his personal wealth to the United Nations causes and activities.

As entrepreneurs, we deeply admire Ted Turner, not only for his business acumen, but also for his courage and strength in the face of adversities, including but not limited to bipolar disorder!

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