Bipolar disorder which was previously referred to as manic depression is a mental health condition that induces frequent mood disturbances that contain emotional peaks (mania or hypomania) and falls (depression). You can feel sad or helpless and lose enjoyment or pleasure in most things when you become upset. You can feel euphoric, full of energy or exceptionally irritable when your mood changes to mania or hypomania (less serious than mania). Sleep, energy, activity, judgment, actions and the willingness to think properly may be influenced by these mood shifts that occur owing to bipolar disease. Mood switch episodes can occur occasionally or numerous times a year. Although most individuals between episodes will undergo some emotional symptoms, some might not undergo any. Let’s shed some light on the list of the celebrities with Bipolar Disorder.
Following a rough time in her private life, Catherine Zeta-Jones experiences bipolar II disorder, a type that has more prolonged down times. Further to an extreme period of stress when her partner, Michael Douglas, battled stage IV throat cancer, Zeta-Jones went through a phase of mood swings. Adding to the tension was a dispute with Douglas’ first wife over royalties from the actor’s movie, “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps”.
The publicist of this famous person with bipolar disorder announced in a statement “After dealing with the stress of the past year, Catherine made the decision to check into a mental health facility for a brief stay.”
Jean-Claude Van Damme
‘Bloodsport’ and ‘Timecop’ star Jean-Claude Van Damme had four unsuccessful marriages, endured from drug use, was detained for drunk driving, and was accused of domestic violence at one time. Since hitting bottom, he was subsequently diagnosed with rapid-cycling bipolar disorder.
Since his diagnosis of rapid-cycling bipolar, things began coming together. He, one of the martial art celebrities with bipolar disorder, told E! Online, “You just have to take a little salt [the drug sodium valproate], and since I’m doing that it’s, like, BOOM! In one week, I felt it kick in. All the commotion around me, all the water around me, moving left and right around me, became like a lake.”
The 54-year-old actress of Terminator fame announced in a 2004 interview that she had been dealing with bipolar disorder for more than 20 years. After 10 years of “amazingly brilliant” manic peaks and lows that felt “like falling into a manhole and not being able to climb out no matter what,” she was eventually diagnosed.
“Somebody needs to come out and make this okay for people to talk about and get help and take advantage of the resources,” she stated to the Associated Press.
Singer Demi Lovato was treated when she entered rehab at the age of 22 with bipolar disorder. She had suffered with bulimia, drug addiction, and cuts before her diagnosis. Participating in a campaign entitled “Be Vocal: Speak Up for Mental Health” in 2015, she decided to use her influence to help eradicate the stigma and advocate for care.
In recent times, the songstress and one of the famous people with bipolar disorder talked to HuffPost Live about living with the condition. “I was dealing with bipolar depression and didn’t know what was wrong with me. Little did I know, there was a chemical imbalance in my brain,” she says. “Because I didn’t tell people what I need, I ended up self-medicating and coping with very unhealthy behaviors.”
On The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2007, the pop star of the eighties and nineties, known for her shaved head, publicly mentioned her mental disorder. She stated that at age 37, following a suicide attempt on her 33rd birthday, she was diagnosed with bipolar. At the time of, the conversation O’Connor confirmed Winfrey that she was now taking antidepressants and mood stabilizers. “Anything is an improvement when you’ve been in desolation,” O’Connor told Winfrey of the meds, however “it doesn’t mean you don’t have lumps and bumps.”
“Every pore of you is crying and you don’t even understand why or what,” she, one of the celebrities with bipolar disorder states. “I actually kind of died and got born again as a result of taking the meds and having a chance to, you know, build a life.”
Mariah Carey states that in 2001, she was first diagnosed with bipolar disorder. In a conversation with People magazine in April 2018, she went public with her diagnosis, stating she now thinks she is in a strong position to handle her mental health.
“Until recently I lived in denial and isolation and in constant fear someone would expose me,” she, one of the renowned celebrities with bipolar disorder, said. “It was too heavy a burden to carry, and I simply couldn’t do that anymore. I sought and received treatment, I put positive people around me, and I got back to doing what I love — writing songs and making music.”
Famous for his public antics and outrageous humor, British stand-up comedian & actor Russell Brand was diagnosed with depression when he was young. He, one of the famous actors with bipolar disorder, dealt with binge-eating, which was rare for boys, and started abusing drugs and alcohol while still in his teens.
In 2002, Brand quit using drugs and marked his 12th year of being sober in 2014. He has served as a sponsor for those in dealing with drug addiction and helped raise funds in Britain for Focus 12, a drug rehab initiative.
One of the great leaders of World War II, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, frequently referred to his bouts of serious, chronic depression as his “black dog.” He had tremendous stamina and was highly productive while not fighting depression.
Churchill’s doctor, Lord Moran, wrote in his memoir “Winston Churchill: The Struggle for Survival” that he had diagnosed the prime minister with bipolar disorder. Churchill was a man of tremendous achievement, despite his wars, or perhaps because of them.
Carrie Fisher, who in “Star Wars” left an unforgettable impression playing Princess Leia, suffered with drug and alcohol issues. Diagnosing bipolar in someone who has drug abuse is challenging. After a year of being sober, at age 29, she was diagnosed with bipolar. Eddie Fisher, her dad, was bipolar, too.
“Prior to having a child, I really did feel, it’s my business if I wanted to stop my medications,” she told bp Magazine. “I no longer feel that’s so.”
Another one of the famous people with bipolar disorder is Kurt Cobain. Given the popularity of his Seattle-based band, Nirvana, the Grunge Rocker took his own life at the age of 27. Time magazine listed him in a 2002 list of “manic geniuses” who made great achievements in music, art, or literature and who may have had bipolar disorder, mentioning that one of the band’s songs is named “Lithium,” which is also a mood stabilizer used in the diagnosis of bipolar disorder.