Celebrities & Notables Who Have Had Either Depression or Bipolar Disorder
Several research studies of creative individuals have found that a striking number of them (they were primarily accomplished artists, writers, and musicians), have had a bipolar disorder. In fact, most studies have found a correlation between creative persons and persons who have had a bipolar disorder of 30 to 50 percent. Many very accomplished persons have also had depression.
The following list of notables who have experienced mood disorders, many of whom have made outstanding contributions to society, highlights:
- the inappropriateness of lumping all persons who have, or have had, mental illness under one umbrella; and
- the probable great waste that has occurred in society as a result of stigmatizing rather than embracing people who think outside the box, yet act constructively on their unique thoughts. Their listening to a different drummer and/or unusual achievements in the face of often limited resources and support, suggests that such persons merit greater consideration and support, not for personal reward, but because of the even greater contributions to society they might very well make as a result.
References were checked for all persons listed. They are listed to decrease the stigma associated with mental illness, and not for any slander.
Hans Christian Anderson
Charles Bluhdorn (Gulf & Western)
|Political Leaders/World Figures
Buzz Aldrin, astronaut
List compiled by Health Power in 2002 with limited occasional updates. Copyright 2002. Advance permission required for reproduction.
Principal Sources: General media with no public objections taken; National Depressive and Manic Depressive Association, 2001; Bipolar Disorder: A Guide For Patients And Families by Francis Mark Mondimore, M.D., Johns Hopkins Press, 1999; A Brilliant Madness by Patty Duke and Gloria Hochman, Bantam Books, 1992; Moodswing by Ronald R. Fieve, M.D., Bantam Books, 1997; An Unquiet Mind by Kay Redfield Jamison, Ph.D., Vintage Books, 1995.
There are approximately 2.5 million persons in the U.S. who have experienced bipolar disorders (manic depression) and 23 million who have experienced depression (unipolar disorder).