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List of Famous People with Bipolar Disorder, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. Bipolar disorder, also known as manic depression is a mental illness that is classified as a mood disorder. People who suffer from bipolar disorder experience elevated moods alternating with episodes of depression. Bipolar disorder has varying levels of severity and in really severe cases there is a risk of suicide and self-harm.

Who is the most famous person with bipolar disorder? Marilyn Monroe tops our list. Monroe suffered from mood swings and depression. She used pills and alcohol to self medicate. Monroe died in 1962 of a “probable suicide.” Unfortunately, bipolar disorder has contributed to the deaths of several famous people including Kurt Cobain, Amy Winehouse and Virginia Woolf.

Some of the world's greatest writers have suffered from bipolar disorder. Ernest Hemingway was given shock therapy to treat his illness. Fellow authors Jack London, Charles Dickens and Edgar Allen Poe were all believed to suffer from bipolar disorder. Some people turn their struggle with bipolar disorder into comedy like Maria Bamford and “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” star Russell Brand.

What do you think of all of the famous people who suffer from bipolar disorder? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

List Criteria: Notable celebrities diagnosed or suspected of having bipolar disorder or manic depression

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    Carrie Fisher on her experience with bipolar disorder: "I'm fine, but I'm bipolar. I'm on seven medications, and I take medication three times a day. This constantly puts me in touch with the illness I have. I'm never quite allowed to be free of that for a day. It's like being a diabetic."


    Born: 1956
    Birthplace: Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, California, Contiguous United States, United States of America + 3 more
    Nationality: United States of America
    Profession: Spokesperson, Novelist, Screenwriter, Actor, Script doctor + 3 more
    Institution: Central School of Speech and Drama, Sarah Lawrence College, Beverly Hills High School
    Height: 5'1"
    Friends: Selma Blair, Tina Fey, Albert Brooks, R. Gregory Stevens
    Dated: Salman Rushdie, Harrison Ford, John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Bryan Lourd
    Breakup: Paul Simon
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