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Celebrities with Bipolar Disorder: Who are they?

Celebrities with Bipolar Disorder: Who are they?

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 have suffered mental illness, fear what others might think or say. But the people who do not bother about others, 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 have suffered from Bipolar Disorder. The list of celebrities with bipolar disorder across the world consists of 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 have openly revealed their condition and accepted it. By talking about bipolar disorder, celebrities in India have not only admitted their illness but have also helped all the others who struggle to accept that they are suffering from trauma or mental illness.

Mental health concerns are some of the most misunderstood and underestimated conditions in today’s time. Not only are they feared by societies, but the social stigma and discrimination have led to a lack of understanding and awareness about these issues. In such a society, when famous personalities with Bipolar Disorder in India, talk about stress, anxiety, depression, and other mental health-related issues, they give hope to every person who has a mental health issue but hesitates from admitting it.

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

Famous people with bipolar disorder

Talking openly about suffering from a mental illness is never easy, yet many famous people have lived with bipolar disorder and braved to tell their tale. Here are some celebrities and famous personalities who have suffered from bipolar disorder. 

  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 as a reason 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.

  1. 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.

He overcame his problem with the help of supportive doctors, family, and friends, and his willpower, belief, and open-mindedness. His passion for music and his love for singing made him fight back his disorder and rise like a phoenix.

  1. Mariette Hartley, an Emmy-winning actress, is one of the famous people with bipolar disorder. 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 she was misdiagnosed with 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.”

  1. 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 young age of 27, in 1994.

  1. 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.

Along with these successful people with bipolar disorder, there are many other Indian celebrities and famous personalities who have admitted their mental diseases. These include

  • Deepika Padukone spoke openly about her depression and also launched an organization called Live Love Laugh Foundation.
  • Shah Rukh Khan also admitted that he had fallen prey to depression.
  • Manisha Koirala suffered from acute clinical depression.
  • Parveen Babi was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and a severe case of depression.
  • Demi Lovato
  • Catherine Zeta Jones

Celebrities admitting their bipolar disorder and depression brings a great deal of mental health awareness. It reduces the social stigma, spreads awareness, and changes the perspective towards mental illnesses.

What is Bipolar Disorder? Signs and Symptoms

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.

People with bipolar disorder have a very difficult time managing daily life tasks including life at school, work-life, and relationships. There is no known cure for bipolar disorder, however, with the right amount of mental rehabilitation treatment, symptoms relating to the disorder can be kept under control. 

Who gets affected more with bipolar disorder?

Bipolar disorder is a mental illness, so it could affect anyone regardless of age or gender. The root cause of the disorder can vary depending on how the mental health of the individual has been affected. Factors such as lifestyle choice, environment, brain trauma, and even genetics have been known to result in bipolar disorder. Since bipolar disorder is classified based on the mood swings of the individual, the behavioral patterns will differ depending on the individual’s gender and age. 

  • Bipolar disorder in children: Diagnosing bipolar disorder in children can prove to be difficult and at times controversial. This is because children rarely show any common symptoms of the disorder, and in some cases, the symptoms may overlap with ADHD, which is more commonly diagnosed in children. However, after careful study, bipolar disorder has been found in kids who – talk rapidly, engage in risky endeavors that are inappropriate for their age, are extremely short-tempered, and usually act silly or overhappy. 
  • Bipolar disorder in teens: Bipolar disorder could very easily be triggered in teens, mainly because they are already going through physical and emotional changes during puberty. It is here that environmental factors play a key role in their mental well-being. 
  • Bipolar disorder in men: Men with bipolar disorder experience extremely severe manic episodes. They are also more prone to substance abuse and are more likely to commit suicide. 
  • Bipolar disorder in women: Women with bipolar disorder experience severe depressive episodes. They may also suffer from obesity, thyroid disease,or have anxiety disorders. They tend to consume lots of alcohol.  

Bipolar disorder can be classified into:

  • Bipolar I – Characterized by alternating severe depression and intense mania
  • Bipolar II – It involves severe depression but a less intense mania (hypomania)
  • Cyclothymic disorder – A less severe form of mania and depression
  • Other types – Bipolar and related disorders induced by certain alcohol, drugs, harmful substances, or due to a medical condition, such as Cushing’s disease, Multiple sclerosis, or Stroke.

Bipolar Mania

Mania is a word that 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 a manic episode.

Bipolar Depression

In bipolar disorder, manic episodes fluctuate with periods of low emotion, which are called 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 sleepiness 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 is a person with bipolar like?

For people who are looking at bipolar disorder from the outside, it can be a really confusing condition to understand. People with bipolar disorder may be reluctant to show or confess how they feel, which makes it hard to know how the condition is affecting them. However, a better understanding of their condition can be achieved by looking at the first-hand perspectives of other people who have been living with the condition.

Some people explain that they prefer therapy and taking nutritional supplements rather than following the prescribed medications to manage their conditions. While others may prefer the complete opposite. Thus, the experiences of individuals can be vastly different.

Bipolar mania

Bipolar mania can appear in several forms. If you have a friend or relative suffering from bipolar mania, you will sometimes find them to be full of energy and excitement about their life during their emotional highs. At other times, you might also find them show some erratic behaviors within their upbeat and optimistic moods, for example – becoming excessively chatty to the point where others don’t get to speak. They may also be distracted and come off as impulsive.

Bipolar depression

Mania isn’t the only thing that people with bipolar disorder have to go through. As mentioned earlier, people living with this condition tend to get periods of depression as well which takes turns between extreme episodes of highs and lows. Due to these extreme and unpredictable patterns of moods, you can see people with the disorder having a great time one day and isolating themselves from every one of their family and friends the next day without any reason. They can be easily irritated and give a difficult time for everyone around them. They may continue to be in this state until the next manic episode comes through. 

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 is 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 behavioral therapy are psychological treatments, which are in widespread clinical usage.

The symptoms and severity of 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 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 in seeking treatment and to get diagnosed with a good psychiatrist or medical counselor.  To know more about the best therapies and treatment for bipolar disorder, visit www.cadabamshospitals.com or call us at +919741476476.



What famous person has bipolar disorder?

 Many celebrities over time have revealed that they suffered from Bipolar Disorder. Some celebrities with bipolar disorder include legendary singer Mariah Carey, Actress Carrie Fisher, and famous actor Mel Gibson. Many more have come out and revealed that they have suffered from the disorder. Indian celebrities like Shama Sikander and Yo Yo Honey Singh have also revealed that they have suffered from Bipolar Disorder. A lot of these celebrities have received rehab treatment for their condition and have gone on to have successful careers and lives.

What is the best job for a person with Bipolar Disorder?

For individuals with Bipolar Disorder, it is important that they work in an environment with flexibility in the workplace and schedule with a lively and understanding work environment.  Experts say that indulging in work can be helpful for individuals with Bipolar Disorder. Careers include being a writer, receptionist, web developer, audiologist( assisting individuals who have hearing problems), or sonographer. All of these careers are associated with freedom to think, a flexible environment, and a sensitive workplace.  Beyond this, any career that allows flexibility and allows for understanding workplaces would be suitable for individuals with Bipolar Disorder.


Are Bipolar Patients More intelligent?

Studies have indicated that high childhood IQ is indicative of traits of bipolar disorder in the future. However, further large-scale studies are needed to determine if this indeed pans out the same way. What is important, however, is to note that individuals with Bipolar Disorder are humans like any of us and deserve to be understood and treated with compassion.

Are there successful people with bipolar?

Yes, it is possible to be successful and lead a fulfilling life even with Bipolar Disorder. Famous individuals like Mel Gibson, Mariah Carey, Shama Sikander, and Yo Yo Honey Singh have shown that suffering from Bipolar Disorder need not limit the heights you can reach. With the right kind of professional help and rehabilitation, you can reclaim control over your life and be successful as well.