In 2012 Andy Dunn was riding high. He’d convinced himself that the hot e-commerce company Bonobos, which began as a brand of better-fitting men's pants, could become the technology backbone of modern commerce. He’d cashed out seven figures' worth of shares on the secondary market and was living like he thought a CEO in his early 30s in New York City should be living: large.
Then he awoke in a hospital bed in the psychiatric ER at Manhattan's Bellevue Hospital, in a room with three other patients experiencing acute mental health crises. His hands were tied.
He'd learn, over a week in the psych ward and then en route to a police station and eventually jail, that he'd spun out of control over the course of a weeklong manic episode. Dunn finally came to realize his bipolar disorder, which he was diagnosed with in college some 16 years earlier, had taken control of his life.