Mental illness has a way of making someone feel alone. It creates a cycle of silence that only ends up hurting everyone. But coming out about receiving help for a mental illness isn’t always easy. You can take comfort in the fact that even celebrities, with all their fame and wealth, struggle with mental illnesses too. Here are some famous people that have opened up about having bipolar disorder.
Mariah Carey might be a pop legend, but she has a mental illness too. She was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2001 but “lived in denial and isolation” for years. Carey finally sought treatment and has recently opened up about her journey and diagnosis.
Carrie Fisher is best known for playing the iconic Princess Leia in the Star Wars franchise. But she’s also been a huge advocate for mental health ever since getting diagnosed with bipolar disorder at the age of 24. Since then she’s called for more attention and research on the condition.
Demi Lovato got her start on the Disney Channel but has since become a full-fledged pop star. In 2010 she admitted herself into a clinic for addiction and self-harm issues. While in there she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Since then the singer has been vocal about mental health issues and has become an advocate for young girls struggling like she was.
Kurt Cobain is best known for being the lead singer of Nirvana, and unfortunately for his untimely death. He was diagnosed with ADD as a child, and later on bipolar disorder. Cobain never sought treatment and struggled with addiction and mental health issues. He also suffered from depression, and sadly committed suicide at the age of 27.
Ernest Hemingway is a Nobel Prize-winning author whose work is still read and adored today. Throughout his life, he was prone to manic-depressive behavior, something his parents, son, and granddaughter all shared. He ultimately ended his life in 1961.
Ted Turner is the founder of Turner Broadcasting and CNN. Before becoming a media giant though, he spent most of his life battling depression and bipolar disorder. Despite those struggles, he managed to turn a small independent TV station into a global media empire.
Catherine Zeta-Jones is an Academy Award-winning actress, who also happens to have bipolar disorder. She’s been married to fellow actor Michael Douglas since 2000. The stress of her husband battling tongue cancer led to a diagnosis of depression and bipolar disorder.
It’s important to remember that mental illness doesn’t discriminate. You’re not alone; around 5.7 million adults in America are living with it. If you or someone you know is seeking treatment for bipolar disorder feel free to contact us.