Top 9 Famous People Who Suffered From Mental Illnesses (VIDEO)

Over 1 in 5 people suffer from mental illnesses. Here are some famous people who suffered from various mental illnesses:

1. Ludwig Van Beethoven

He suffered from bipolar disorder. His manic episodes fueled his creativity. He was a child prodigy, which his father tried to exploit. The only drugs that could provide him some relief were opium and alcohol. He died young of liver disease.

2. Vincent Van Gogh

Van Gogh also likely suffered from bipolar disorder. He suffered from many manic episodes during his short life. He committed suicide at the age of 37.

3. Jane Pauley

The famous NBC news broadcaster has spoken out about her depression since she was 25 years old.

4. Linda Hamilton

The Terminator actress is outspoken about her bipolar disorder diagnosis.

5. Vivien Leigh

The actress is best known for her role in Gone With The Wind. She dealt with manic depression and other health conditions her entire life.

6. Brooke Shields

The actress and model has dealt with serious post-partum depression. She had difficulty bonding with her baby and thought of harming it and herself. She recovered with help from medication and a skilled nurse-helper.

7. Isaac Newton

The most famous mathematician of the 17th Century was Isaac Newton. He is likely to have suffered from bipolar disorder. He was prone to fits of rage against anyone who disagreed with him.

8. Abraham Lincoln

The 16th President of the United States suffered from severe and often suicidal depression. It’s amazing how he was able to overcome that and achieve so much.

9. Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison

Dr. Jamison is a John Hopkins professor of psychiatry who suffers from bipolar disorder and has attempted suicide.

Here is a video with some more famous people who you might not know have mental health disorders:

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