Some people are double faced, while some genuinely have bipolar disorder. However, this mental disorder in no way has stopped these famous people in winning our hearts. In this article, we have listed all those famous people with bipolar disorder who inspired us to fight for what we want.
Bipolar disorder is a condition wherein the person suffering from it, feels exaggerated and alternating periods of elation and depression. One second you are ecstatic and the other you feel totally depressed, that is how you feel when you have bipolar disorder. This phase many last for weeks or maybe months too, in some situations. So here is the list of famous people with bipolar disorder.
1. Demi Lovato
Our beloved Demi Lovato was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Her condition was so serious that she was sent to a rehabilitation center at a young age of 22 years. Before she could be diagnosed with this condition, she suffered from bulimia, drug addiction and cutting too. However, Lovato overcame her fight with the disorder and became a famous She did not stop there and instead used her fame to eliminate the stigma attached to bipolar disorder. She even began a campaign called, “Be Vocal: Speak Up for Mental Health.” in 2015. In an interview to WomensHealthMag.com Lovato said, “It is possible to love well, feel well, also find happiness with bipolar disorder or other mental conditions they are struggling with” We need more people like Lovato who would not just fight for themselves but also for others.
2. Sinead O’Connor
“Nothing Compares 2 U” singer O’Connor topped the charts from Europe to Australia and was even nominated for multiple Grammy Awards. More than a decade age, O’Connor confessed on national television, on Oprah Winfrey show, that she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. All this happened when O’Connor had already gained a lot of fame with her ten solo hit albums. Being a public figure, there was a lot of pressure on her and she had to go through the paparazzi’s undue attention. However, she overcame her suicidal tendencies and overwhelming fear about things.
3. Jane Pauley
A famous TV journalist Pauley once underwent emotional trauma and depression. At the ripe age of 50, Pauley faced bipolar disorder and expressed it through his biography, “Skywriting: A Life Out of the Blue.” Pauley believed that the manic periods started due to the side effects of the steroids she took to treat hives. Whatever the cause was, Pauley took the fight and won over it just like she won over all of us.
4. Scott Stapp
The famous American singer, recently made headlines but for all the wrong reasons. His condition was so severe that he doubted that his family used the millions of dollars that he earned to support ISIS and terrorism. Finally, after his treatment, he realized that all that was entirely imaginary and admitted this in an interview he gave to ‘People’s ‘ However, this did not stop his family and their loved ones to support him which finally helped him overcome the disorder constantly.
5. Catherine Zeta-Jones
Ace actor, Catherine who was introduced in the 1998 movie, ‘The Mask of Zorro’ also went through this horror. All went well until she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. She got married to actor Michael Douglas and is now a mother of two. She was diagnosed with hypomania and depression. Her publicist announced in a statement that after dealing with the stress of the past year, Catherine made the decision to get help for mental health.
6. Vivien Leigh
The ‘Gone with the Wind’ actress, who donned a serious role in the film, had a similar life in real life too. Her role got her an Oscar award and soon after that she married her fellow actor, Laurence Olivier. However, things started to fall apart when she suffered from bipolar disorder. Her married life was ruined and her reputation and her profession as an actor went down the drain. However, back on those days, there was little awareness about mental health and there was no proper treatment too.
7. Carrie Fisher
The great ‘Star Wars’ actress who recently passed away was known to have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. She had a troubling childhood and she also struggled with drug and alcohol addiction. In her younger days, she was even informed that she was a hypomanic, but she refused to believe it. However, with time she accepted her condition and even wrote a book on it named, “Postcards From the Edge” and “Surrender the Pink.” After becoming a mother, she felt the need to undergo treatment even more than before. She once told this to a magazine in an interview.
8. Vincent Van Gogh
The legendary artist who is remembered for painting the world renowned painting of ‘The Starry Night’ was also otherwise known for his moody, eccentric and difficult to understand personality. Although, the fact that there has been no accord on what condition did Van Gogh go through, some believe that it was epilepsy, depression or bipolar disorder. There are thought to be two episodes of reactive depression, which gives strong evidence to the fact that Van Gogh suffered from sustained periods of increasingly high energy and enthusiasm, first as an evangelist and then as an artist.
9. Virginia Woolf
Twentieth-century English novelist and essay writer, Woolf is said to have suffered from mood swings and breakdowns in her life. She is known to have written two popular novels, namely, ‘ Dalloway’ and ‘To the Lighthouse.’ Many episodes of mood swings, manic excitement and episodes of psychosis have been recorded. Back in those days there was not much help available for a mental disorder.
10. Linda Hamilton
Best known for her lead role in Terminator and Terminator 2. Although her profession graph was doing well, her personal life was not fine at all. Her severe bipolar disorder condition broke two of her marriages. She confessed to being self-medicating with drugs and alcohol. She earlier feared that by confessing her disorder, people would judge her, but later she came out in the open about it, just like other famous people who have bipolar disorder.