Breezy’s Not Alone: Celebrities With Bipolar Disorder
Bipolar disorder is said to affect 5.7 million adult Americans, which makes up about 2.6% of the U.S. population and some of those individuals just so happen to be among the rich and famous. While some celebrities hide their mental disorders, others have been highly outspoken about them. Here are 14 celebrities with bipolar disorder.
Over the past few years, Chris Brown went from being a popular musician to a man who’s violent, aggressive, and completely unable to control himself. After one too many violent run-ins Chris Brown checked himself into rehab and has since been formally diagnosed with post traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD) as well as bipolar disorder.
Back in 2011, Catherine Zeta-Jones checked into a mental health facility after she was diagnosed with bipolar II disorder. Bipolar II disorder is classified as a form of the disorder which brings longer periods of depression, but the disorder can also bring about bouts of euphoria. She has spoken out about her disorder in hopes of shedding light on the mental health problem to help others.
Macy Grey is best known for her extremely unique voice and her eccentric style. While her career started off with pure success, Macy hit a low when she found herself partying non-stop, going through a divorce, and doing drugs. Somewhere in between this low time in her life, Macy was diagnosed with bipolar but has stated that through will and the help of God, she’s cured herself.
Demi Lovato is one of the youngest celebrities on the list to be diagnosed with bipolar disorder. In 2011, at the age of 19, she was diagnosed with the disorder while receiving inpatient treatment for depression, cutting, and anorexia. She spoke openly about the disorder in a documentary entitled Stay Strong, where she shared her story in hopes of helping others who are going through the same thing but are scared to speak up about it.
Back in an interview in May 2005, Jenifer Lewis discussed her journey with suffering from bipolar disorder and since then she has been extremely open about her mental disorder. Since her diagnosis in 1990, which was sparked by her father’s death, Jenifer has undergone various forms of therapy and medications but she often speaks to the importance of loving yourself as a method to cope with mental disorders.
Jesse Jackson Jr.
In 2012, Jesse Jackson Jr. took an abrupt leave of office as a congressman. In August of that year, a statement was released saying that Jesse was undergoing treatment for bipolar II with severe bouts of depression. Jesse’s depression was debilitating, but according to the Mayo Clinic, Jesse has been responding well to treatment.
During an interview with Diane Sawyer in 2000, Carrie Fisher announced that she suffers from bipolar disorder. However, her condition went undiagnosed for years as she had convinced herself that she was just a drug addict. She talks about her struggle with the disorder in her book Wishful Drinking and says that living with the disorder is a feat in itself.
2010 was not a good year for Mel Gibson. After an explosive argument with his ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva went public, many questioned his mental state. During the custody battle that later ensued, it was discovered that Mel suffers from rage issues as well as bipolar disorder. Though he hasn’t spoken out about his recent diagnosis, in an interview from 2002, he talked about being diagnosed as manic depressive.
From the looks of him, especially in his movies, you’d never think that Jim Carrey suffered from any type of mental disorder that negatively impacted his moods. However, when he was younger, Jim went through a lot of family problems which made him become violent, angry, and sad, and the depression lasted even after he had found success in Hollywood. Jim was eventually diagnosed with bipolar disorder and was treated with Prozac. Today he uses his faith to deal with the disorder.
Back in October 2012, Lark Voorhies’ mother announced to People magazine that her daughter was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Though Lark has spoken out against her mother’s word, co-stars and her own actions have definitely pointed towards some sort of mental disorder. During a Yahoo video released in May 2010, Lark was seen mumbling to herself and having trouble answering questions without abruptly stopping.
A few years ago, Jane Pauley was a very famous face on Dateline NBC. During a 2004 interview with Matt Lauer, she talked in-depth about her diagnosis with bipolar disorder, which started with minor depression but worsened over time. She talks more about the disorder in her memoir Skywriting: A Life Out of the Blue and speaks to the importance of adapting and knowing her moods so that she can react appropriately.
Musician Sting has been very outspoken with his history in dealing with bipolar disorder. In 1996, he openly spoke about how he was depressed, suicidal, and how his relationships with his then wife and even his band mates were collapsing. Sting has gone on to lead several campaigns to raise global awareness of bipolar disorder.
When she was 35, Patty Duke was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, a diagnosis that she says came as a huge relief as she knew at that moment that she wasn’t the only person in the world feeling the way she was. After her diagnosis, she went on to write a memoir entitled A Brilliant Madness: Living with Manic-Depressive Illness. Patty has become an advocate of bipolar disorder awareness, speaking out about it on the Oprah Winfrey Show, 20/20, and even to Congress.
Jean-Claude Van Damme
Jean-Claude Van Damme has suffered from bipolar disorder ever since he was young, though he said he compensated the disorder with highly intense training. After becoming suicidal while also heavily addicted to cocaine, Jean was diagnosed with rapid cycling bipolar disorder. He was treated with sodium valproate though his condition greatly improved after his divorce in 1997.