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Celebrities Also Have Bipolar Disorder

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. Updated: Aug 24th 2009

celebrityWe can't help it, we're a culture that is attracted to the rich and famous. The evidence is in what our current media is showing. They show what sells and who makes his coin off of showcasing the rich and famous, is doing pretty well. Sometimes when we see celebutantes with similar issues as us, it erases the stigma of it.

So, in an effort to reduce the stigma and raise awareness for bipolar disorder, I thought it was a good idea to use this same means. Here are a list of famous people who have also suffered from bipolar disorder (most of these were obtained from the internet).

  1. Jim Carrey
  2. Robert Downey Jr.
  3. Patty Duke
  4. Linda Hamilton
  5. Ben Stiller, actor, director, writer
  6. David Strickland
  7. Lili Taylor
  8. Tracy Ullman
  9. Jean-Claude Van Damme
  10. Robin Williams
  11. Ludwig Von Beethoven
  12. Tim Burton, artist, director
  13. Francis Ford Coppola, director
  14. Vincent Van Gogh, painter
  15. Ted Turner, media giant
  16. Buzz Aldrin, astronaut
  17. Larry Flynt, publisher and activist
  18. Ludwig van Beethoven, composer
  19. Peter Gabriel
  20. Jimi Hendrix
  21. Axl Rose
  22. Sting, Gordon Sumner, musician, composer
  23. Tom Waits, musician, composer
  24. Brian Wilson, musician, composer, arranger
  25. Winston Churchill
  26. Kitty Dukasis, former First Lady of Massachusetts
  27. Theodore Roosevelt, President of the United States
  28. Darryl Strawberry, baseball
  29. Dimitrius Underwood, football
  30. Luther Wright, basketball
  31. Bert Yancey, athlete
  32. Patricia Cornwell
  33. Kay Redfield Jamison, writer, psychologist
  34. Edgar Allen Poe
  35. Mark Twain
  36. Virginia Woolf
  37. Napolean

Any others you know? As always, please share your thoughts, stories, and questions below. Your interactions provide a living wisdom for us all to benefit from.

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist in private practice in West Los Angeles and is author of the upcoming book The Now Effect, co-author of A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook, Foreword by Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of the Mindful Solutions audio series, and the Mindfulness at Work™ program currently being adopted in multiple multinational corporations.

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