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List of famous people believed to have been affected by bipolar disorder.

This is a list of famous people believed to have been affected by bipolar disorder.

Source: Wikipedia List of people believed to have been affected by bipolar disorder ...

All entries succeeded by TWF are taken from Touched with Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament by Kay Redfield Jamison (born 1946), an American professor of psychiatry.
All entries succeeded by NAMI are on the
National Alliance for the Mentally Ill list of famous persons with Mental Illnesses

Hans Christian Andersen, writer. TWF p. 268

Charles Pierre Baudelaire, poet. TWF p.267

Ludwig van Beethoven, composer. NAMI See this article for a review of Beethoven's mental state. Scientific analysis of Beethoven's hair has given rise to speculation that lead poisoning may have been a cause of his depression.

Lord Byron, poet. TWF p.267 (Touched with fire profiles Lord Byron's illness in detail)

Winston Churchill, politician and British Prime Minister. NAMI. Churchill often referred to depression as his "black dog". He is also recorded to have undergone manic phases of intense productivity.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge, poet. TWF pp.219–224, 267. His condition is more commonly directly attributed to drug use.

Charles Dickens, author. TWF p.267

Ralph Waldo Emerson, author, poet, and philosopher. TWF p. 268

William Faulkner, writer. TWF p.269

Stephen Fry, actor, comedian and writer. "As a sufferer of the disorder, Stephen Fry is speaking to other sufferers to find out about their experiences and visiting leading experts in the UK and US to examine the current state of understanding and research." [17], also [18]. BBC documentary [19]

Philip Graham, publisher and businessman. "It had finally penetrated to me that Phil's diagnosis was manic-depression…" Katherine Graham (1997), Personal History, p.328; Knopf, 1997, ISBN 0-394-58585-2 (book has numerous other references).

Alexander Hamilton, politician. "Danger, Hypomanic on Board," could well be the other title of "Washington Crossing the Delaware." John Gartner in The Hypomanic Edge makes a strong case that America owes its greatness to a liberal supply of "manic lite" genes. See Hypomanic Nation.

Ernest Hemingway, writer. TWF p.269

Jimi Hendrix, pioneering rock guitarist. Stated as "...Jimi would indeed have troubled times in the studio, where he would need to spend hours sitting and thinking". He has also written the song 'Manic Depression'[24]

Hermann Hesse, writer. TWF p.269

Kay Redfield Jamison, psychologist, who profiled her own bipolar disorder in her 1995 memoir An Unquiet Mind and argued for a connection between bipolar disorder and artistic creativity in her 1993 book, Touched with Fire.

John Keats, poet - TWF p.268; NAMI

Otto Klemperer, conductor — see Norman Lebrecht's article at [27].

Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy, 38, [29] spent time at a drug rehabilitation clinic before he went to Providence College. He has been open about mental health issues, including being diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

Vivien Leigh, actress, cited in Holden, Anthony, Laurence Olivier, Sphere Books Limited, 1989, ISBN 0689115369 ; pp 221-222

Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States.

Spike Milligan, comedian and writer. "I had to write a new show every week for six months. If Hitler had done that to someone it would be called torture. I was in such a state of hypertension that I was unapproachable by human beings. I became a manic depressive." See Guardian obituary and Comedy's Fab Five

Edvard Munch, artist. Rothenberg A. Bipolar illness, creativity, and treatment. Psychiatr Q. 2001 Summer;72(2):131–47.

Isaac Newton, pioneering scientist and mathematician. NAMI

Florence Nightingale, nurse and health campaigner. BPW "Florence heard voices and experienced a number of severe depressive episodes in her teens and early 20s - symptoms consistent with the onset of bipolar disorder," Dr. Kathy Wisner, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. See this article.

Ozzy Osbourne, singer. Lead singer of Black Sabbath and his self-titled band. Cited in VH1's "Heavy: The History of Metal" in 2006.

Edgar Allan Poe, writer. TWF p.269.

Robert Schumann, composer. TWF p.269

Robert Louis Stevenson, author. TWF p.268

Sting, musician; The Police, solo career [45]

Sidney Sheldon, producer, writer; wrote about being a victim of bipolar disorder in his autobiography "The Other Side Of Me".

Margaret Trudeau, Canadian celebrity. [48]

Mark Twain, author. TWF p.268 (as "Samuel Clemens")

Jean Claude Van Damme, actor — Australian Woman's Day magazine — January 30, 2006

Vincent Van Gogh, artist. See Vincent and Me

Kurt Vonnegut, author [49]

Brian Wilson, musician. (The Beach Boys)

Virginia Woolf, poet and novelist. TWF p.269.


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