|Karen Hart struggled with bipolar disorder at MIT. The late nights, flexible schedule, and socialization of college can trigger a person’s first episode. (MATTHEW J. LEE/GLOBE STAFF)|
Campuses reach out to the bipolar
College years leave some vulnerable
Bipolar disorder can crop up at any point in a person’s life, although those with a predisposition to the mental illness are particularly at risk during college, with more than 50 percent of all cases starting between the ages of 15 to 25. Colleges in New England are now offering a variety of services, including therapy, support groups, and referrals. But students with the disorder, medical experts, and advocates believe the help is not enough.