By being public about their bipolar, these celebrities help others to understand the brain-based disorder.
#1 Jane Pauley
Jane Pauley, 66, is the anchor of CBS Sunday Morning (after being a contributor since 2014). Pauley is best known for her 13-year tenure at The Today Show, followed by 11 years at NBC’s Dateline. We can’t forget her talk show, The Jane Pauley Show, or her best-selling memoir, Skywriting (2004). Diagnosed at the age of 50, she is now a pioneer of beating the stigma of bipolar.
#2 Catherine Zeta-Jones
In 2011, the Oscar-winning actress revealed she had checked into a facility to treat her bipolar II disorder. Then in 2016, she sought additional treatment. Just prior to her hospitalization, Zeta-Jones was dealing with her husband Michael Douglas’s battle with cancer. Stress is a well-known trigger for both manic and depressive episodes. By being open about her health issues, this leading Hollywood actress is helping to de-stigmatize brain-based disorders.
#3 Linda Hamilton
Although diagnosed in her 40s, Linda Hamilton has said she believes she has experienced symptoms of the disorder as a teenager, with extreme mood swings. She has said her father, a doctor, diagnosed himself as having bipolar disorder. Hamilton once described a manic episode as an amazingly brilliant time: “Sleep doesn’t seem necessary. You wake up feeling great. But it’s not all great feelings … the capacity for fighting, war, taking everything on, taking too much on, overachieving and then raging because my system was so depleted.”
#4 Demi Lovato
Platinum-selling recording artist Demi Lovato is now an advocate for people affected by mental health conditions, proving it’s possible to get through dark times and reach a place of strength. More recently, in conjunction with Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc. and five leading mental health advocacy organizations, Lovato announced the release of her documentary Beyond Silence. She says the film “shines a light on the importance of hope in the face of adversity … only by speaking up together can we advance mental health in America.”
#5 Maria Bamford
Maria Bamford stars in the hit Netflix original comedy series Lady Dynamite, a loosely biographical show based on her hospitalization for bipolar depression several years ago. In it, the show portrays Maria’s attempts to rebuild her life in Los Angeles after spending six months in recovery. The show also comedically reflects on Maria’s personal backstory as well as her relationships with family and friends.
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