Maybe you're very familiar with this disorder because you or someone you love suffers from it. Or maybe not. Either way, something you might not know that some very famous people you'd easily recognize – writers, actors, musicians, and the like – suffer from bipolar disorder. In some cases, these famous folks have been able to keep their disorder somewhat in check so that it does not adversely affect their careers. In other cases, the disorder has – either directly or indirectly – ruined their careers. In still other cases, the very strange behavior of a few of these celebrities may actually be explained somewhat by their (sometimes private) struggles with this disorder. Whatever the case, here are just a few public figures who reportedly, or by their own admission, or by drawing historical inferences, suffer or have suffered from bipolar disorder...
|Comedian-actor Russell Brand is not only bipolar, but suffers|
from ADHD as well, and has also been bulimic in the past.
|Lead singer and guitarist for '90s grunge rock band|
Nirvana, Kurt Cobain was bipolar, had ADHD, and was
also known to abuse alcohol and drugs throughout his
short life. Cobain committed suicide in 1994 at age 27.
|Singer-actress Rosemary Clooney suffered from |
bipolar disorder for much of her life. She revealed
her struggles with the disorder in her autobiography.
|Mystery novelist Patricia Cornwell has been very open|
about her struggles with bipolar disorder. She has also
suffered from anorexia nervosa and depression in the past.
|Actor Robert Downey, Jr. has both denied and|
confirmed his diagnosis as bipolar at various
times. While juggling a successful career in films,
Downey has also battled with substance abuse.
|Actor Richard Dreyfuss has enjoyed great success in|
show business, all while battling bipolar disorder.
|Best known for her role in the original Star Wars films as Princess Leia,|
actress-novelist Carrie Fisher has suffered from bipolar disorder as well as
sporadic substance abuse and prescription medication addiction in the past.
|Perhaps some of actor-director Mel Gibson's strange behavior in recent|
years is due in part to his suffering from bipolar disorder. Perhaps not.
Gibson reportedly received his bipolar diagnosis only in recent years.
|Singer-actress Demi Lovato went public with her|
diagnosis of bipolar disorder after a very public
outburst. Lovato also revealed that she had been
struggled with the eating disorder, bulimia.
|Singer Sinead O'Connor, possibly as well-known for her unusual|
behavior as for her music, revealed her bipolar diagnosis several ago.
She also admitted to attempting suicide on her 33rd birthday in 1999.