More Famous People With Mental Illness

The local NAMI chapter has literature all over a counter at my local library. One of the pieces of literature actually was a 5×7 index card with a list of famous people who struggled with mental illness. It was kind of interesting so I figured I’d share it. Some I’d already known about; others were a bit of a surprise. How did they figure out who had bipolar disorder back in the 1800s?

Depression

Charles DickensAbraham Lincoln — 16th president
Billy Joel — musician, singer
Charles Dickens — author  (pic shown)
Courtney Love — singer
Drew Carey — show host
Elton John — singer, composer
Eric Clapton — musician, singer
Harrison Ford  — actor
Janet Jackson — singer
Jim Carrey — actor, comedian
Kurt Cobain — singer
Mark Twain — author, humorist
Trent ReznorMarlon Brando — actor
Mike Wallace — news correspondent
Princess Diana — princess of Wales
Ray Charles — singer
Sheryl Crow — singer
Terry Bradshaw — football great
Trent Reznor — musician (pic shown)

Alanis MorissettePostpartum depression

Brooke Shields —actress
Marie Osmond — singer

Eating disorder
Alanis Morissette — singer (pic shown)
Paula Abdul — dancer, singer
Princess Diana — princess of Wales

John NashBipolar disorder
Edgar Allen Poe — poet, writer
Ludwig Von Beethoven — composer
Patty Duke — actress
Vincent Van Gogh — artist

Schizophrenia
John Nash — Nobel Prize winner (pic shown)

6 thoughts on “More Famous People With Mental Illness

  1. Lotsa creative types on that list. I didn’t realize Beethoven suffered from bipolar disorder, although I did read somewhere he may have been schizophrenic.
    A Beautiful Mind is a great movie, and I’m glad you included John Nash here.

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  3. Struggling with mental problems doesn’t mean that one has a sickness of the brain. These problems are a reaction to spiritual problems, unbearable circumstances, and bad things that people put in their bodies and brains.

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