59 Famous People with Bipolar Disorder

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

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.

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