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.
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."
Birthplace: Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States of America
Profession: Spokesperson, Novelist, Screenwriter, Actor, Script doctor, + more
Credits: Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi, Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens
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Mel Gibson was diagnosed with severe bipolar disorder at a time when he was engaged in a custody dispute with Oksana Grigorieva. Gibson was recorded yelling, ranting, and making death threats to Grigorieva during that time.
Birthplace: Peekskill, New York, United States of America
Profession: Television director, Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor, + more
Credits: Braveheart, Signs, Lethal Weapon, The Patriot
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Catherine Zeta-Jones on speaking up about her bipolar disorder: "If my revelation of having bipolar II has encouraged one person to seek help, then it is worth it. There is no need to suffer silently, and there is no shame in seeking help."
Birthplace: Swansea, United Kingdom
Profession: Spokesperson, Actor, Singer, Dancer
Credits: Chicago, The Terminal, Ocean's Twelve, Entrapment
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Marilyn Monroe's physician said that the star had emotional problems and drastic mood swings. Monroe died in 1962 of what coroners called a "probable suicide."
Age: Died at 36 (1926-1962)
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
Profession: Film Producer, Model, Actor, Singer, Showgirl
Credits: Some Like It Hot, The Seven Year Itch, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, How to Marry a Millionaire
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