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Celebrities with Bipolar Disorder

Celebrities with Bipolar Disorder



In India, people are ignorant about mental health. People often think that success, fame, and money can make somebody content.

That’s the reason when people hear about famous celebrities having a mental illness like bipolar disorder their reaction magnifies and the news goes viral.

Experts say that acceptance and willingness to change is the first step for the success of fighting back your problem. There is always the problem of social stigma.

Most of the people, who had suffered mental illness, fear about what the others might think or say. But the person who does not bother about the ill words, are the ones who break the barrier.

Some Well-known Celebrities with Bipolar Disorder

There are many famous celebrities like actors, filmmakers, artists, singers, politicians, who suffered from Bipolar Disorder.

The bipolar celebrities list across the world consists Sherman Alexie, Native American poet, writer, and filmmaker; Russell Brand, British comedian, and actor; AJ Lee, American professional wrestler, and author; Ted Turner, American media businessman and Founder of CNN; Winston Churchill; Virginia Woolf; and Shama Sikander and many others.

Information about any famous people with bipolar disorder spreads faster than fire. There are only a few, who openly revealed their condition and accepted it.

Here is a bipolar celebrities list who are renowned all over the world, but did not back out in accepting their disorder, sharing their experiences and educating others – 

1. Shama Sikandar is one of the prominent Indian celebrities with bipolar disorder and depression. As she was an actress and had a successful career with a TV series, she blames society’s conditioning behind her mental illness. 

“We have a lot of do’s and don’ts and sharing your actual life with another person comes in don’ts most of the time….. Depression or bipolar are mental situations where you tend to lose hope and desires and that is the darkest space any human being can ever be in,” Shama told IANS.

2. Yo Yo Honey Singh is one of the first Indian celebrities with bipolar disorder, to admit it publicly. This singer-songwriter was strong enough to stand up and gave an interview to Times Of India. “I was suffering from bipolar disorder; it was scary,” said Honey Singh.

During his successful career, his songs became an instant hit with the masses. He ruled the music industry with his peppy rap numbers. Some of his hit tracks are ‘Lungi Dance’, ‘Party All Night’, ‘Love Dose’, and several other foot-tapping songs.

Suddenly, there was a time when he was not on-screen at all and there were various opinions on why he disappeared. He then revealed that he suffered from bipolar disorder and alcoholism.

Yo Yo Honey Singh was treated by several doctors, but of no use. At last, he was treated by a doctor from Delhi. To quote him “It was scary” to be in darkness for one year.

It is not only by the help of the supportive doctor, family, and friends, that he came out of his problem, rather by his own will-power, belief, his open-mindedness, his passion for music and the love for singing, made him fight back his disorder and rise like a phoenix.

3. Mariette Hartley, an Emmy-winning actress, is one of the famous people with bipolar. She appeared in many television shows and starred in a popular series of commercials in the 1970s.

Mariette had a troubled family, she lost her brother and uncle due to suicide, her mother attempted to take her own life. In 1994, she had suicidal thoughts and was misdiagnosed as depression.

Later it was diagnosed as bipolar disorder. Initially, she found it difficult to speak out about her problem, but she decided to take the chance to educate others. In an article in USA TODAY, she has emphasized the importance of getting the right treatment.

To quote her words, “If you are on the right medication … stay on it and don’t change. But if it doesn’t seem to be working, then go to a doctor and find the right one for you.”

4. Kurt Cobain, the Nirvana Co-founder had ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) as a child and later in life was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder. 

He struggled with major depression despite the massive success of Nirvana and committed suicide at the mere young age of 27, in 1994.

5. Russell Brand, often known as an intriguing combination of ambition and vulnerability, is a British comedian, actor, radio host, writer, and activist. He survived an unhappy childhood, drug addiction, bulimia, and sex addiction.

His marriage with Katy perry lasted for a very short period of time. He is one of the famous people with bipolar disorder, who speaks openly about instability in his past. Rusell has also published an autobiography, ‘Recovery: Freedom from Our Addiction’, where he has penned down his struggles with drug abuse.

What is Bipolar Disorder?

In simple terms, Bipolar disorder is a mental illness marked by extreme mood swings from high (mania) to low (depression) or vice versa. It is the dramatic shifts in mood.

Some of the well-known personalities with Bipolar Disorder:

There are many famous celebrities like actors, filmmakers, artists, singers, politicians etc. Here are few well-known personalities who suffered Bipolar Disorder, like Sherman Alexie, Native American poet, writer, and filmmaker, Russell Brand, British comedian and actor.

AJ Lee, American professional wrestler and author, Ted Turner, American media businessman. Founder of CNN, Winston Churchill, Virginia Woolf, Shama Sikander. Yo Yo Honey Singh, etc. Information about any celebrity spreads faster than fire. There are few, who has openly revealed and accepted about their disorder.

Stories of few well-known personalities are as follows:

An example from the west, Mariette Hartley, Emmy-winning actress.

She appeared in many television shows and starred in a popular series of commercials in the 1970s. Mariette had a troubled family, she lost her brother and uncle due to suicide, her mother attempted to take her own life. In 1994, she had suicidal thoughts and was misdiagnosed as depression.

Later it was diagnosed as bipolar disorder. Initially, she felt difficult to speak out about her problem, but she decided to take the chance to educate others. In an article in USA TODAY, she has emphasized the importance of getting the right treatment.

To quote her words, “If you are on the right medication … stay on it and don’t change. But if it doesn’t seem to be working, then go to a doctor and find the right one for you.”

Let us take an Indian story:

“I was suffering from bipolar disorder; it was scary,” said Yo Yo Honey Singh.

His songs became an instant hit with the masses. He ruled the music industry with his peppy rap numbers. Some of his hit tracks are ‘Lungi Dance’, ‘Party All Night’, ‘Love Dose’ and several other foot-tapping songs.

Suddenly, there was a time when he is not on screen, at all and there were various opinions by people.

He was strong enough to stand up and gave an interview to Times Of India. Also, He revealed that he suffered bipolar disorder and alcoholism. Yo Yo Honey Singh.was treated by several doctors, but of no use. At last, he was treated by a doctor from Delhi.

To quote him “It was scary”– the one year in darkness.

It is not only by the help of the supportive doctor, family and friends, he came out of his problem, rather by his own will-power, belief, his open-mindedness, his passion for music and the love for singing, made him fight back his disorder and rose like a phoenix.

Experts say that acceptance and willingness to change is the first step for the success to fighting back your problem. There is always the problem of social stigma. Most of the people, who had suffered mental illness, fear about what the others might think or say. But the person who does not bother about the ill words, are the ones who break the barrier.

What are the signs and symptoms of Bipolar Disorder?

Bipolar Mania

Mania is a word which describes an emotional “high,” one of the well-known symptoms of bipolar disorder.

Manic episodes are usually characterized by feelings of intense energy, restlessness, or irritability.

The general, signs of a manic episode include:

  • High energy & excessive activity
  • Overly good mood
  • Irritability/impatience
  • Fast, erratic talking
  • Racing thoughts
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Little need for sleep
  • Feelings of power
  • Poor judgment
  • Reckless spending
  • High sex drive
  • Alcohol/drug abuse
  • Aggression
  • Refusal to admit that there is a problem

When your elevated or irritable mood is accompanied by manic symptoms most of the day, almost every day, for at least one week, you may be diagnosed with the manic episode.

Bipolar Depression

In bipolar disorder, manic episodes fluctuate with periods of low emotion, which are called as depressive episodes.

Signs of a depressive episode include:

  • Sadness, anxiety, or a feeling of emptiness
  • Hopelessness
  • Feelings of guilt, worthless, or helpless
  • Lack of interest in activities that were once enjoyable
  • Low energy
  • Trouble in concentration
  • Restlessness or irritability
  • Excessive sleeping or insomnia
  • Changes in appetite
  • Thoughts of death/suicidal thoughts or attempts

An individual is diagnosed with depressive episodes when at least five of these symptoms are present for most of the day, nearly every day, for two weeks or longer.

What are the treatments for Bipolar Disorder?

Bipolar disorders are treated with three main groups of medications, antipsychotics, mood stabilizers, and antidepressants.

Most of the time people with bipolar disorder, a combination of two or more medications are used to address the various symptoms. These medications are prescribed only by certified medical professionals.

Psychotherapy/talk therapy is an important part of treatment for bipolar disorder.

Psychoeducation and behavioural therapy are the psychological treatments, which are in widespread clinical usage.

The symptoms and severity of the bipolar disorder can change over time, and your bipolar disorder treatment plan might also be changed.

Medication and other therapies can help people to manage the bipolar symptoms and ease the highs and lows which are the barriers to living a normal, healthy and productive life.

If you or someone you know is badly suffering from Bipolar disorder, it is a good idea you help them get diagnosed with a good psychiatrist or medical counsellor.  To know more about the best therapies and treatment for bipolar disorder, visit www.cadabamshospitals.com or call us @+919741476476.