You’re Not Alone:
Famous People with Manic Depression

Not just regular people have manic depression there are many famous people with manic depression too. There have been actors, composers and other famous people who have suffered from manic depression, otherwise known as Bipolar Disorder. So if you are manic depressive take solace in the fact you are not alone. Many famous people listed below have or are dealing with it too.

Actors and Actresses

Patty Duke suffered for years with the “highs” and “lows”, ultimately discovering that she had manic depression. She had a very rough childhood and, most likely, had a family history of depression – manic or otherwise. She finally received treatment, taking lithium, and has written some books about her life to raise awareness and help others. In fact, she is an active spokesperson for manic depression today.

Richard Dreyfus who starred in films like “Mr. Holland’s Opus” and "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" suffers from manic depression or as it is called today bipolar disorder. He struggled so much with the disorder that he became addicted to cocaine. He is now a recovered addict and has expressed how happy he is that his struggle is behind him.

Other faous people with manic depression include actors such as Florence Nightingale, Vivien Leigh, Kristy McNichol, Ben Stiller, Stephen Fry, Linda Hamilton and Carrie Fisher. Rumor has it that even Marilyn Monroe struggled with this disorder.

Famous Writers

Many writers throughout the world have had manic depression as well. They include some very famous ones such as Mark Twain, Edgar Allan Poe, Hans Christian Anderson, Charles Dickens, and Ernest Hemingway. Poets were not immune either as it affected the likes of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Lord Byron and John Keats.

Famous Composers and Musicians

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Surprisingly, even the talented geniuses such as the great composers Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven were suspected of having bipolar disorder. In addition, artists such as Vincent Van Gogh and Michelangelo did as well.

In the music world, there were many famous people with manic depression including Courtney Love, Sinead O’Connor, Pete Wentz, Kurt Cobain, Ozzy Osbourne, Jack Irons, Jim Morrison and the infamous Jimi Hendrix. If you think about their music and lyrics, you can learn to relate to their battle with Bipolar Disorder and how it affected their lives.

And, of course, I can’t complete this article without mentioning other famous people such as Sir Winston Churchill, Abraham Lincoln, Alexander the Great, Lord Nelson, Robert E. Lee, Howard Hughes, Jane Pauley, and Napoleon Bonaparte.


This just goes to show you that, in spite of this disorder, a person can live a happy, healthy, productive life. If you, or someone you know, suffer(s) with manic depression, or Bipolar Disorder, know that there is hope and you can thrive versus simply trying to survive.

In today’s day and age, there are treatments that are excellent and can help you manage this effectively. Talk to your medical professional if you feel you are suffering from bipolar disorder. All of the famous people with manic depression had to do the same thing so, as you can see, you are not alone.

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