Retired normal, bipolar survivor Gregg Martin committed to conserving lives

Gregg F. Martin, Ph.D., Big Basic, US Army (Retired)

Gregg Martin is a 36-year Army combat veteran, retired 2-star general, and bipolar survivor. He lives in Cocoa Beach and his forthcoming book is entitled “Battling bipolar — my war with mental illness.”

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In July 2014, I was in my 36th 12 months of military services, a 2-star general, overcome veteran, and president of the Countrywide Defense University (NDU), situated in Washington D.C.

I worked for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Personnel, the nation’s maximum-ranking army officer, Normal Martin Dempsey.

Right after decades of accomplishment, I had become a manic: extremely disruptive and erratic.

Finally, the Chairman, who was a extensive-time mentor, boss and good friend, summoned me to his business and mentioned, “Gregg, I like you like a brother, but your time at NDU is done. You have until eventually 5 p.m. today to resign, or you happen to be fired… and you need to get a mental health examination.”

Gregg Martin is a 36-year Army combat veteran and retired 2-star general living in Cocoa Beach.

Unbeknown to myself and the Army, my genetic predisposition for bipolar ailment was brought on by the rigorous worry of the Iraq War in 2003, where I commanded a battle engineer brigade of countless numbers of soldiers.

My brain responded by creating and distributing excessive amounts of dopamine and endorphins, sending me into a euphoric, superior-doing mania that manufactured me sense fearless, hyper-energized and like I was Superman.