List of people affected by bipolar disorder

This is a list of people accompanied by verifiable source citations associating them with bipolar disorder. This list includes "only:" a) deceased persons; and b) living persons who have been frank about their condition. It does not include speculation about status of living people who have not publicly stated themselves to have bipolar disorder. In addition to the above criteria, persons are only listed here if they also meet the .

Many of the older cases are speculations, based on their biographies rather than an actual medical diagnosis, and in many cases are not widely accepted by historians, biographers, or physicians. Many of the retrospective diagnoses given have not necessarily carried a consensus, and many have been variously categorized as suffering from unipolar depression (chronic depression which does not present with manic psychoses), schizophrenia, or substance abuse instead. The latter often makes primary diagnoses difficult even in a contemporary context, let alone a retrospective one.

Many famous people are believed to have been affected by bipolar disorder (formerly known as manic depression), based on evidence in their own writings and contemporaneous accounts by those who knew them. It is often suggested that genius (or, at least, creative talent) and mental disorder are linked, as discussed by Kay Redfield Jamison in "Touched with Fire", though many of the diagnoses in that book are made by Jamison herself.

Note that this list should not contain entries for performers who have an apparently manic or depressive public persona, but do not meet the criteria above, nor should the content of song lyrics or other creative works be regarded as autobiographical without independent external evidence that confirms this.

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* Sophie Anderton, model [ [http://www.thesun.co.uk/article/0,,2-2006420086,00.html Sophie: Why I'm always moody | The Sun |HomePage|News ] ]
* Adam Ant, musician [ [http://www.channel4.com/music/features/interview.jsp?featureId=195 channel4.com | Adam Ant | Interview | 4music interview from 4music on Channel4.com ] ]

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* Charles Baudelaire, author."TWF" p.267]
* Thomas Lovell Beddoes, poet and dramatist.
* Ludwig van Beethoven, composer. [ [http://www.mcmanweb.com/beethoven.html In a Major and Minor Mood] ] "NAMI"] Scientific analysis of Beethoven's hair has given rise to speculation that lead poisoning may have been a cause of his depression.
* Andy Behrman, author of the book "Electroboy: A Memoir of Mania" [ [http://www.electroboy.com/meetelectroboy.htm Andy Behrman - Electroboy - A look at Manic Depression ] ] [ [http://www.identitytheory.com/interviews/behrman_interview.php Andy Behrman: Author of Electroboy answers some questions from Matt Borondy] ]
* Max Bemis, frontman of the band Say Anything, spoke about his diagnosis in an interview with "Spin" magazine in 2006. [ [http://www.spin.com/features/magazine/2006/03/0604_sayanything/ Q&A: Say Anything's Max Bemis | Spin Magazine Online ] ]
* Maurice Benard, actor. He has discussed his diagnosis with Oprah Winfrey, and has since become active in promoting bipolar awareness. [ [http://www2.oprah.com/tows/slide/200709/20070924/slide_20070924_284_108.jhtml Actor Maurice Benard Update ] ]
* Ludwig Boltzmann, physicist and mathematician. He "suffered from an alternation of depressed moods with elevated, expansive or irritable moods". John J. O'Connor and Edmund F. Robertson. [ [http://www-groups.dcs.st-and.ac.uk/~history/Mathematicians/Boltzmann.html Boltzmann summary ] ]
* Adrian Borland, British musician [ [http://www.brittleheaven.com/index.php?section=2&category=&page=4&id=286 Brittle Heaven - The official ADRIAN BORLAND website ] ]
* Russell Brand, comedian and actor. "In a low-key admission at the end the book, he says he was finally diagnosed with bipolar disorder – manic depression – after he kicked the drugs for good in 2002 which goes some way to explaining his almost superhuman indifference to the chaos and catastrophe that almost lead him to obscurity in a ­toilet somewhere smoking crack for good." [ [http://www.thecnj.co.uk/review/2007/122007/books122007_02.html Camden New Journal - Books: My booky wook by Russell Brand ] ]
* Jeremy Brett, actor [ [http://www.brettish.com/tbe-faq.html TBE: Jeremy Brett FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions ] ]
* Frank Bruno, boxer; was hospitalized for a short period and is currently on lithium. [ [http://www.guardian.co.uk/print/0,3858,5316803-110418,00.html Guardian | Q: Did you feel suicidal before you were sectioned? A: Nah, I'm not that brave or clever. I wouldn't know how to tie a rope, know what I mean? ] ] [ [http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/main.jhtml?xml=/sport/2005/10/20/sotv20.xml Bruno a victim of his chosen calling - Telegraph ] ] [ [http://books.guardian.co.uk/departments/biography/story/0,6000,1599231,00.html The Emma Brockes interview: Frank Bruno | By genre | guardian.co.uk Books ] ]
* Lord Byron, poet.

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* Georg Cantor, mathematician. Cantor's recurring bouts of depression from 1884 to the end of his life were once blamed on the hostile attitude of many of his contemporaries,Dauben 1979, p. 280:"…the tradition made popular by [Arthur Moritz Schönflies] blamed Kronecker's persistent criticism and Cantor's inability to confirm his continuum hypothesis" for Cantor's recurring bouts of depression.] but these bouts can now be seen as probable manifestations of a bipolar disorder.Dauben 2004, p. 1. Text includes a 1964 quote from psychiatrist Karl Pollitt, one of Cantor's examining physicians at Halle Nervenklinik, referring to Cantor's mental illness as "cyclic manic-depression".]
* Dick Cavett, television journalist. "CAVETT: Both in hypomanic, which I have had, and incidentally, one has to admit many patients say I am cured now, I am fine. But I must say I miss those hypomanic states. They are better off where they are." [ [http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0506/12/lkl.01.html CNN transcript from "Larry King Live"] , broadcast June 12, 2005]
* Iris Chang, historian and journalist for the "San Francisco Chronicle" [ [http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2005/04/17/CMGCNBQRRP1.DTL Historian Iris Chang won many battles / The war she lost raged within ] ]
* Kurt Cobain, musician. His cousin, Beverly Cobain, a "registered nurse (…) [with] experience as a mental health professional" and author of a book, "When Nothing Matters Anymore: A Survival Guide for Depressed Teens" ISBN 1-57542-036-8, stated in an interview: "Kurt was diagnosed at a young age with Attention Deficit Disorder [ADD] , then later with bipolar disorder; (…) As Kurt undoubtedly knew, bipolar illness can be very difficult to manage, and the correct diagnosis is crucial. Unfortunately for Kurt, compliance with the appropriate treatment is also a critical factor." [ [http://www.ahealthyme.com/topic/cobainqa Interview: Kurt Cobain's Cousin on Youth Suicide | AHealthyMe.com ] ]
* Samuel Taylor Coleridge, poet. ["TWF" pp.219–224, 267] His condition is more commonly directly attributed to drug use. "Around 1796, Coleridge started using opium as a pain reliever"
* Robert S. Corrington, theologist. In his book "Riding the Windhorse: Manic-Depressive Disorder and the Quest for Wholeness" ISBN 9780761826194 (Hamilton Books, New York, 2003) he gives a personal account of his own struggles with the condition.
* Michael Costa, former Australian Labor party politician and Treasurer of NSW. "Mr Costa said a number of state parliamentary colleagues approached him about their mental health problems after he publicly revealed his battle with bipolar disorder in 2001." [ [http://news.theage.com.au/national/many-mps-have-mental-disorders-costa-20080723-3joq.html Many MPs have mental disorders: Costa - Breaking News - National - Breaking News ] ]

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* Ray Davies, musician: is openly bipolar; also see his autobiography, "X-Ray"
* Charles Dickens, author.
* Richard Dreyfuss, actor, BBC Documentary [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/5202066.stm BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Comedian Fry reveals suicide bid ] ]
* Mike Doughty, musician. First described himself diagnosed as bipolar in 2007 on his blog. [http://www.mikedoughty.com/blog/archives/2007_03.html MikeDoughty.com]
* Patty Duke, actress. ["Brilliant Madness: Living with Manic Depressive Illness"]

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* Ralph Waldo Emerson, author, poet, and philosopher."TWF" p. 268]

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* Carrie Fisher, actress and writer. "'I ended up being diagnosed as a bipolar II,' says Fisher." [ [http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/spotlight/2002/05/29-fisher.htm USATODAY.com - Carrie Fisher 'strikes back' at mental illness ] ]
* Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald, writer."TWF" p.269]
* William Faulkner, writer.
* Stephen Foster, songwriter.
* Stephen Fry, actor, comedian and writer. "As a sufferer of the disorder, Stephen Fry is speaking to other sufferers to find out about their experiences and visiting leading experts in the UK and US to examine the current state of understanding and research." [ [http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/for/prospective/inter/news/stevenfry.html International Students ] ] [ [http://www.rdfrights.com/catalogue/prodexd.asp?catalogid=2621] Dead link|date=March 2008]

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* Peter Gabriel, English Musician. [ [http://www.mental-health-today.com/bp/famous_people.htm Famous People with Bipolar Disorder ] ]
* Alan Garner, novelist. According to the "Guardian", "In "The Voice that Thunders" (Harvill), a collection of critical and autobiographical essays, Garner casts light on his writing and thinking, and the role that manic depression plays in his creativity". [ [http://books.guardian.co.uk/authors/author/0,,-202,00.html Garner, Alan | Authors | guardian.co.uk Books ] ] [ [http://books.guardian.co.uk/departments/childrenandteens/story/0,,1048216,00.html Falling sickness | Books | The Guardian ] ]
* Paul Gascoigne, English footballer. "His second book, released this year, centres on his therapy - for alcoholism, eating disorders, OCD, and bipolar disorder, among others." [ [http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/paul-gascoigne-what-gazza-did-next-416436.html Paul Gascoigne: what Gazza did next - People, News - The Independent ] ]
* Matthew Good, Canadian musician. He first disclosed his illness in a personal blog. It was during the writing and recording of Hospital Music that he suffered one of his worst episodes. [ [http://jam.canoe.ca/Music/Artists/G/Good_Matthew/2007/07/27/4374364-ca.html CANOE - JAM! Music - Artists - Good, Matthew: Matthew's Good gospel ] ]
* Philip Graham, publisher and businessman. "It had finally penetrated to me that Phil's diagnosis was manic-depression…" Katherine Graham (1997), "Personal History", p.328; Knopf, 1997, ISBN 0-394-58585-2 (book has numerous other references).
* Macy Gray, musician and actor. As documented in her song "Relating to a Psychopath" [ [http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/macygray/relatingtoapsychopath.html MACY GRAY LYRICS - Relating To A Psychopath ] ] and in an interview with Saul Williams [ [http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1285/is_9_31/ai_78400505 Macy Gray - Brief Article - Interview | Interview | Find Articles at BNET ] ]
* Graham Greene, English novelist. [ [http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/books/article2439198.ece Graham Greene: A Life in Letters feature - Times Online ] ] Extract from "Graham Greene: A Life in Letters"] : "Greene was managing the impulses of bipolar illness, involving mood swings from elation, expansiveness or irritability to despair and would quickly be guilty of repeated infidelities."
* Ivor Gurney, English composer and poet. "New Perspectives on Ivor Gurney's Mental Illness", Pamela Blevins, Ivor Gurney Society Journal, Volume 6, 2000.

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* Alexander Hamilton, politician. [http://www.mcmanweb.com/hypomanic_nation.htm Hypomanic Nation]
* Linda Hamilton, actress. Star of the "Terminator" movies. Was diagnosed at the age of 40 [ [http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6000139/ Linda Hamilton says she has bipolar disorder - More news and other features - MSNBC.com ] ]
* Mariette Hartley, American actress, has publicly spoken about her bipolar disorder. [ [http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/spotlighthealth/2003-08-01-harley_x.htm USATODAY.com - Mariette Hartley triumphs over bipolar disorder ] ]
* Jonathan Hay, Australian rules footballer [ [http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,21985,20275806-11088,00.html Herald Sun Story on Jonathan Hay] ]
* Ernest Hemingway, writer.
* Kristin Hersh, musician, formerly of rock band Throwing Muses, is occasionally mentioned as having bipolar disorder, one example being a Muses biography. [ [http://www.vh1.com/artists/az/throwing_muses/bio.jhtml Throwing Muses | View the Music Artists Biography Online | VH1.com ] ] She has also mentioned the disorder in several interviews.
* Hermann Hesse, writer.
* Abbie Hoffman, political activist: "Abbie was diagnosed in 1980 as having bipolar disorder, more commonly known as manic depression." [cite book
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* Marya Hornbacher, writer. Hornbacher wrote "Madness", a memoir of her struggle with bipolar disorder, after writing "Wasted", which detailed her eating disorder.

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*Jack Irons, drummer, formerly of Red Hot Chili Peppers and Pearl Jam. [cite book
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* Kay Redfield Jamison, clinical psychologist and Professor of Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, who profiled her own bipolar disorder in her 1995 memoir "An Unquiet Mind" and argued for a connection between bipolar disorder and artistic creativity in her 1993 book, "Touched with Fire".
* Daniel Johnston, musician: "Johnston's output in his late teens and early 20s proved to be a symptom of his worsening manic depression." The Guardian Unlimited, Saturday August 20, 2005: "Personal demons", review of film, "The Devil and Daniel Johnston:" [ [http://film.guardian.co.uk/features/featurepages/0,4120,1552666,00.html#article_continue John Robinson on The Devil and Daniel Johnston | Film | The Guardian ] ]
* Andrew Johns, Professional Rugby League Player. — has gone public about his condition. [ [http://www.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/story/0,22049,22346976-5001021,00.html Joey Johns&squo; bipolar despair | The Daily Telegraph ] ]

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* Chris Kanyon, wrestler — self-described, diagnosed. [ [http://chriskanyon.homestead.com/archivekatrinakanyont1.html Homestead | Build, Make & Create Your Own Website – FREE! Website Hosting & Website Building Software ] ] "I have gone thru (sic) some rough times, which ultimately led to me being diagnosed with clinical Bipolar Depression (also known as Manic Depression). I have spent the last year learning about and understanding my condition and we have finally got my medications balanced to the point where I feel I am in the best mental state of my life."
* Kerry Katona, English television presenter, writer, magazine columnist and former pop singer with girl band Atomic Kitten. BBC [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/6907235.stm BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Katona checks into Priory clinic ] ]
* John Keats, poet
* Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy has been open about mental health issues, including being diagnosed with bipolar disorder. [ [http://www.projo.com/news/content/projo_20060212_pjk212.3075ff7.html Rhode Island news | projo.com | The Providence Journal ] ]
* Otto Klemperer, conductor [ [http://www.scena.org/columns/lebrecht/030730-NL-klemperer.html Otto Klemperer - Behind every great conductor ] ]
* Margot Kidder, actress — self-described: [ [http://www.graphicpizazz.com/margotkidder/a&e.shtml Web Page Under Construction ] ] "I have been well and free of the symptoms that are called manic-depression for almost five years, and have been working steadily and leading a happy and productive life since then."
* Patrick Kroupa, writer and hacker, has been very open about his drug use and mental health issues, after his last heroin detox in 1999. He mentions bipolar disorder openly in several interviews. [http://ibogaine.mindvox.com/Media/OceanDrive01.html] [ [http://www.kron.com/Global/story.asp?s=%20%201652207 Our Apologies ] ] [http://ibogaine.mindvox.com/Media/CoolBeans.htm]

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* Vivien Leigh, actress, cited in Holden, Anthony, " Laurence Olivier", Sphere Books Limited, 1989, ISBN 0689115369 ; pp 221-222
* Neil Lennon Footballer with Celtic FC open about his battles with depression [http://www.fourfourtwo.premiumtv.co.uk/page/BooksDetail/0,,11442~896033,00.html]
* Jenifer Lewis, American actress, spoke about her diagnosis on "Oprah" in September 2007. [ [http://www2.oprah.com/tows/slide/200709/20070924/slide_20070924_284_111.jhtml Jenifer Lewis's Battle with Bipolar Disorder ] ]

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* Kristy McNichol, actress. The former child star and teen idol left the show "Empty Nest" due to her battle with the depression. McNichol later returned to the show for a few episodes during the series' last season. [ [http://www.vh1.com/movies/person/42340/bio.jhtml VH1.com : Person : Kristy McNichol : Biography ] ] [ [http://www.nndb.com/people/891/000025816/ Kristy McNichol ] ] [ [http://www.thorstenczub.de/kristy.html Kristy McNichol ] ] [ [http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-bipolar-disorder.htm What is Bipolar Disorder? ] ] [ [http://www.geocities.com/TelevisionCity/Stage/4318/et.html Dinah Manoff on Entertainment Tonight ] ]
* Kate Millett, author, "The Loony-Bin Trip" (1990) discusses her diagnosis of bipolar disorder, describing experiences with hospitalization and her decision to discontinue lithium therapy.
* Spike Milligan, comedian and writer. "I had to write a new show every week for six months. If Hitler had done that to someone it would be called torture. I was in such a state of hypertension that I was unapproachable by human beings. I became a manic depressive." [ [http://books.guardian.co.uk/news/articles/0,6109,658939,00.html Guardian obituary] ] [ [http://www.mcmanweb.com/fab_five.htm Comedy's Fab Five] ]
* Ben Moody, musician. The former guitarist from Evanescence. [ [http://www.mtv.com/bands/m/moody_ben/qa_080105/ MTV News article] ]
* John A. Mulheren, American stock and option trader and philanthropist. [ [http://www.forbes.com/markets/newswire/2003/12/19/rtr1187846.html Forbes] ]
* Edvard Munch, artist. Rothenberg A. Bipolar illness, creativity, and treatment. "Psychiatr Q." 2001 Summer;72(2):131–47.

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* Sir Isaac Newton, pioneering scientist and mathematician.
* Florence Nightingale, nurse and health campaigner. "BPW" "Florence heard voices and experienced a number of severe depressive episodes in her teens and early 20s - symptoms consistent with the onset of bipolar disorder", Dr. Kathy Wisner, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. [ [http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/medicalnews.php?newsid=7385 Did Florence Nightingale suffer from Bipolar Disorder? ] ]

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* Sinéad O'Connor, musician. She discussed her diagnosis with Oprah Winfrey in October 2007. [ [http://www.cnn.com/2007/SHOWBIZ/Music/10/04/people.sinead.oconnor.ap/ Sinead O'Connor to Oprah: I feel for Britney - CNN.com ] ]
* Graeme Obree, Scottish racing cyclist. World hour record 1993. Individual pursuit world champion in 1993 and 1995. Cited in 2003 autobiography, "Flying Scotsman: Cycling to Triumph Through My Darkest Hours" and 2006 film.
* Phil Ochs, musician [http://www.wjffradio.org/FolkPlus/setlists/030308.html Interview with Sonny Ochs speaking about her brother Phil Ochs with Larry Hoyt of WAER-FM 88.3, Syracuse, Saturday March 8, 2003] ]
* Ozzy Osbourne, singer. Lead singer of Black Sabbath and his self-titled band. Cited in VH1's "Heavy: The History of Metal" in 2006.
* Cheri Oteri, actress. Saturday Night Live Cast Member. Cited in Shales T.& Miller A. (2002) "Live From New York, A Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live."
* Craig Owens, singer for American band Chiodos. [http://www.iamcraigowens.com/category/journal/]

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* Jaco Pastorius, jazz musician. "Jaco was diagnosed with this clinical bipolar condition in the fall of 1982. The events which led up to it were considered "uncontrolled and reckless" incidences." [ [http://www.jacop.net/mind.html Ingrid'S Jaco Cybernest - Mind ] ]
* Jane Pauley, TV presenter and journalist. The former "Today" and "Dateline" host describes being diagnosed with bipolar disorder in her autobiography "Skywriting: A Life Out of the Blue", which she wrote in 2004, as well as on her short-lived talk show. [ [http://my.webmd.com/content/Article/93/102128.htm?pagenumber=2 Jane Pauley Discloses Bipolar Disorder ] ] [ [http://www.usatoday.com/life/people/2004-08-18-pauley-bipolar_x.htm USATODAY.com - Pauley reveals struggle with bipolar disorder ] ] [ [http://www.highbeam.com/library/doc0.asp?docid=1G1:123095597&refid=ink_tptd_np&skeyword=&teaser= Highs and lows A common medication triggered Jane Pauley's bipolar disorder. Could it happen to you?(Health & Fitness) - Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL) - HighBeam Research ] ] [ [http://www.wilx.com/news/headlines/981341.html Jane Pauley Brings Awareness of Bipolar Disorder ] ] [ [http://msnbc.msn.com/id/5887567 Pauley: Struggle with bipolar disorder - Books - MSNBC.com ] ] [ [http://www.bulletinpress.com/BulletinPress.aspx?snum=3452 GROW A COMPANY :: Marketing, Communications, Advertising, Interactive, Graphic Design ] ]
* Jimmy Piersall, baseball player.
* Sylvia Plath, poet and novelist. ["TWF", ISBN 0029160030, pages 26-27, 236, 249, 268]
* Edgar Allan Poe, poet and writer. ["Life and Letters and the London Mercury: An International Monthly of Living", Published by Brendin Pub. Co., 1929 (v.2 1929 Jan-Jun, p.171): "Poe, like Nietzsche, was a manic-depressive; and his existence followed a comparable course."] [From the "Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe" by Thomas Ollive Mabbott, Eleanor D Kewer, Maureen C Mabbott, Page 561, Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1969: "Poe certainly had manic and depressive periods"]
* Gail Porter, British TV presenter [ [http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2008/aug/03/celebrity.gailporter Gail Porter interview in the Guardian] ]
* Emil Post, mathematician. Martin Davis, 1994, "Emil L. Post: His Life and Work" in Davis, M., ed., "Solvability, Provability, Definability: The Collected Works of Emil L. Post". Birkhauser
* Charley Pride, country music artist. (autobiography) "Pride: The Charley Pride Story." Publisher: Quill (May 1995). "Pride discusses business ventures that succeeded and those that failed, as well as his bouts with manic depression. He tells his story with no bitterness but lots of homespun advice and humor."

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* Rene Rivkin, entrepreneur. [ [http://www.smh.com.au/news/Business/Rivkin-children-silent-about-fabulously-flawed-father/2005/05/02/1114886315343.html Rivkin children silent about fabulously flawed father] "Sydney Morning Herald" 3 May 2005]
*Barret Robbins, former NFL Pro Bowler. [http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2007/football/nfl/09/21/robbins.extradition.ap/index.html]
*Axl Rose, singer [ [http://www.heretodaygonetohell.com/articles/showarticle.php?articleid=2 Here Today... Gone To Hell! | Articles > The world according to W. Axl Rose by Del James ] ] "I went to a clinic, thinking it would help my moods. The only thing I did was take one 500-question test - ya know, filling in the little black dots. All of sudden I'm diagnosed manic-depressive."

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* Robert Schumann, composer.
* Nina Simone, American singer. Interview with her daughter Simone, "The Sunday Times" June, 24 2007 [ [http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/music/article1961959.ece Best of Times, Worst of Times: Simone - Times Online ] ]
* Michael Slater, International Australian cricketer, forced to retire because of related symptoms. [ [http://www.smh.com.au/news/Cricket/Slater-tells-my-bipolar-disorder/2005/03/13/1110649059785.html Slater tells: my bipolar disorder - Cricket - www.smh.com.au ] ] [ [http://www.theage.com.au/news/National/Slater-reveals-bipolar-illness/2005/03/13/1110649056589.html Slater reveals bipolar illness - National - www.theage.com.au ] ]
* Tony Slattery, actor and comedian. [ [http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,,1825565,00.html Stephen Fry: my battle with manic depression | Society | The Guardian ] ] "I rented a huge warehouse by the river Thames. I just stayed in there on my own, didn't open the mail or answer the phone for months and months and months. I was just in a pool of despair and mania." BBC Documentary
* Sidney Sheldon, producer, writer; wrote about being a victim of bipolar disorder in his autobiography "The Other Side of Me".
* Peter Steele, frontman of metalband Type o Negative [ [http://www.knac.com/article.asp?ArticleID=5934 KNAC.COM - Features - Peter Steele Feature ] ] [ [http://www.ink19.com/issues/october2003/interviews/peterSteele.html Ink 19 :: Peter Steele ] ]
* Stuart Sutherland, British psychologist and writer [Sutherland's 1976 autobiography "Breakdown", ISBN 0198523807, describes in detail his struggles with manic depression.]

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* Sara Teasdale, poet.
* Steven Thomas, American entrepreneur. [ [http://www.9news.com/news/article.aspx?storyid=95712&catid=339 9NEWS.com | Colorado's Online News Leader | Body of missing Boulder man found in Hawaii ] ] [http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/07/14/webroot_founder_dead/]
* Gene Tierney, Academy Award nominated actress, Best Actress (1945),
* Devin Townsend, musician, Strapping Young Lad, The Devin Townsend Band. He took himself off of his medication to write lyrics for Strapping Young Lad's album "Alien". [http://www.farbeyondmetal.com/index.php?page_id=1120]
* Nick Traina, singer. [ [http://www.nicktrainafoundation.org/400_memory.htm nicktrainafoundation.org ] ] , "in the last year of his life, he began telling people he was manic-depressive."
* Timothy Treadwell, American environmentalist and bear enthusiast, featured in the 2005 documentary film by Werner Herzog titled "Grizzly Man". [ [http://www.miaminewtimes.com/issues/2005-08-25/film/film.html Miami - Movies - Grizzly Fate ] ] [ [http://www.dailyinterlake.com/articles/2005/04/01/news/news01.txt Daily InterLake Default News page ] ]
* Margaret Trudeau, Canadian celebrity and ex-wife of former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau (deceased). She now travels Canada and other countries speaking out against the stigmas on mental illness [ [http://www.cbc.ca/story/canada/national/2006/05/05/trudeau-depression060505.html Margaret Trudeau reveals struggle with bipolar disorder ] ]
* Mark Twain, author.

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* Jean-Claude Van Damme, actor [Australian Woman's Day magazine, January 30 2006]
* Vincent Van Gogh, artist. [ [http://www.mcmanweb.com/article-74.htm Vincent and Me ] ]
* Kurt Vonnegut, author [http://www.notmykid.org/parentArticles/DepressionandBipolar/]

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* Mikey Way, bassist for My Chemical Romance. During the recording of The Black Parade his depression became so bad he temporarily had to leave the band. [ [http://www.last.fm/music/Mikey+Way Mikey Way – Music at Last.fm ] ]
* Scott Weiland, musician. (Stone Temple Pilots, Velvet Revolver) "I suffer from manic-depressive disorder, and I've chosen not to take medication for it." Quotation from Weiland during an interview. [ [http://www.vh1.com/artists/interview/1444582/06182001/stone_temple_pilots.jhtml VH1.com : Stone Temple Pilots - Rhapsody Music Downloads ] ]
* Pete Wentz, bassist for Fall Out Boy. [ [http://depression.about.com/b/2007/08/07/pete-wentz-admits-he-has-bipolar-disorder.htm Pete Wentz Admits He Has Bipolar Disorder ] ]
* Mark Whitacre, business executive described in the true story movie, The Informant [ [http://www.auroraadvisors.com/articles/2000-09_dailydeal.html Aurora Advisors, Inc. - Management Consulting ] ]
* Brian Wilson, musician. (The Beach Boys) [http://www.brianwilson.com/media/words/sd_reader.html BrianWilson.com]
* Virginia Woolf, poet and novelist. [ [http://web.archive.org/web/20030415202658/http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/malcolmi/VWFRAME.HTM homepge.htm ] ]

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* Thom Yorke, musician [ [http://www.depression-guide.com/hypomania.htm/ Hypomania Symptoms, Cause and Treatment ] ]

References

Resources

* Jamison, Kay Redfield (1993): "Touched with Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament," New York, The Free Press. ISBN 0-02-916030-8
*All entries succeeded by TWF are taken from "Touched with Fire" ( [http://www.pendulum.org/information/information_famous.html See list] )
*All entries succeeded by NAMI are on the [http://www.nami.org/Template.cfm?Section=Helpline1&template=/ContentManagement/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=4858 National Alliance for the Mentally Ill list of famous persons with Mental Illnesses]

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