Take a look at the below list of Top 10 Most Famous Celebrities With Mental Health Disorders Ever until 2017. Mental illness has long been a problem that our society has faced, yet many people want to stigmatize those that come forward about the struggles they endure. It’s almost taboo to speak openly about mental health disorders even though they are out of the control of the sufferer. No one asks to be endowed with bipolar disorder, depression, or anxiety; however, they exist, and chances are, someone you love is suffering or has suffered from a mental illness at some point in their lifetime. One of the characteristics of the struggles that the mentally ill feel is loneliness. It seems like no one can understand what you’re going through. It helps to know that there are others who have faced the same problems. This list will count down 10 celebrities with mental health disorders ever until 2017.
List of Top 10 Most Famous Celebrities With Mental Health Disorders Ever until 2017
10. Robin Williams, depression
Robin Williams was an American comedian and actor that struggled with severe depression. Williams was known for his ability to make anyone laugh. When visiting Koko, the gorilla who is known for speaking in sign language, he was able to make her smile for the first time in months. Upon learning of Williams’ suicide, Koko signed, “Sad.” His battles with mental illness went back many years and the health struggles that he faced later in life only amplified them. He is one person on this list who ended up losing his battle with mental illness even though he fought the good fight for many, many years.
9. Lena Dunham, OCD
Dunham is the creator of the hit HBO series Girls and the author of the controversial book Not That Kind of Girl. She described OCD in her book, saying that everything about it is uncomfortable. She goes on to list the types of things that would keep her up at night as an 8-year old, which includes rape and food poisoning. In her show, her character, Hannah, faces her own struggles with OCD. Hannah ends up shut in at her apartment and her boyfriend, Adam, has to break in in order to force her to get help. Both Hannah and Lena make it through their struggles with OCD, though it remains a prevalent force in both of their lives.
8. Yves Saint Laurent, depression
One of the greatest fashion icons of the 20th century, Yves Saint Laurent began dreaming of fashion when he was only a boy in French Algeria. He would go on to become a household name and even have a line of cosmetics that are sold in beauty stores worldwide. His fashion legacy endures long after his death from brain cancer. Laurent did suffer from depression. He struggled with anxiety, as well, and was known to work himself into hysterics over the slightest provocation. Laurent is proof that mental illness doesn’t dictate success.
7. Britney Spears, bipolar disorder
It was long suspected that Britney Spears was suffering from either mental illness or addiction, and possibly both. During 2007, she was having trouble with taking care of her children, acting out in public, and all around not having a good year. People viciously speculated about her private life and her mental health. Later, after healing, Britney opened up in a documentary called I Am Britney Jean and told the world that she had been suffering from bipolar disorder. She made a complete comeback and is a role model for those suffering from the disease. She is one among the Top 10 Most Famous Celebrities With Mental Health Disorders Ever until 2017.
6. Ozzy Osbourne, depression and possibly bipolar disorder
Ozzy Osbourne is known for his work with the band Black Sabbath and his stint on MTV in The Osbournes. He’s always been out there in his performances and his interviews. Though he has mellowed some in his later years, he retains his sense of humor and his ability to entertain. Osbourne suffered a great deal from depression during his time with Black Sabbath. It is speculated that the singer may suffer from bipolar disorder, but there isn’t much proof to support the theory.
5. Michael Phelps, ADHD
When Michael Phelps was only a child, he was diagnosed with ADHD. In his autobiography, No Limits, Phelps recalls the humiliation he felt when he was called out of class to take his Ritalin. At 13, he decided he didn’t want to use it anymore and that it was a crutch. His teacher predicted that he would never succeed at anything without the medication. He went on to prove her wrong. Swimming became his outlet for his nervous energy. He channeled his ADHD into the sport and became the most decorated Olympic athlete of all time.
4. Jean-Claude Van Damme, bipolar
Van Damme recalls in his autobiography that he knew something wasn’t right when he was very young. He tried to treat his rapid cycling mental illness with training in karate and ballet. Later in life, after a stint in rehab, Jean-Claude Van Damme was formally diagnosed with rapid cycling bipolar disorder. He champions the drug sodium valproate, calling it “that simple salt.” He said it restored his sanity and helped his chaotic storm turn into a placid lake.
3. George S. Patton, dyslexia
As a child, Patton had a great deal of difficulty learning to read and write and is thought to have suffered from dyslexia. Through much work, George S. Patton became the American folk hero and general that we now know. Patton is most known for his command of the American army in France and Germany during the allied invasion of Normandy in World War II. It is also noted that though he struggled with reading and writing early on in life, he later went on to become an avid reader, proving that an early diagnosis of dyslexia doesn’t mean that you can’t overcome it and become extremely successful.
2. Craig Ferguson, alcoholism
Craig Ferguson is known for his stint on The Drew Carey Show as Drew’s boss. He has also done late night television in the United States. Ferguson has chronicled his battles with depression and alcoholism in his memoir, American on Purpose. His story is perhaps one of the most inspirational on this list. He spoke about in 2007, near the time of Britney Spears’ battles with her own mental illness. He spoke about his alcoholism is great detail, telling his audience that on Christmas Eve, he was ready to throw himself off of London Bridge. Someone in a pub ended up saving his life that night, and then he began to turn his life around. He went on to become a huge success.
1. Abraham Lincoln, depression
Abraham Lincoln suffered from depression all of his life. When he was younger, he thought and talked of suicide more than once. When he won the Republican nomination in 1860, he took the stage after much fanfare; however, one person who was in attendance would go on to describe him as one of the most “diffident and worst plagued men I ever saw.” Lincoln made jokes at odd times, claiming that he needed the laughter. Joshua Wolf Shenk concludes that “Lincoln didn’t do great work because he solved the problem of his melancholy; the problem of his melancholy was all the more fuel for the fire of his great work.”
These are the Top 10 Most Famous Celebrities With Mental Health Disorders Ever until 2017. Mental illness was and continues to be an issue for our society. The most important things to glean from this list are 1) if you suffer from mental illness, there is hope; and 2) those who suffer are not alone and can go on to pursue and conquer their dreams. If you or someone you love suffers from mental illness, reach out. There is always someone who will understand, no matter how lonely it feels right now.