Famous People with Bipolar Disorder

Learn about some of the many famous people diagnosed and living with bipolar disorder.

Blogs and Articles

The Emotional Art of Derek Hess

bp Magazine
April 5, 2019

Internationally known visual artist Derek Hess uses his personal struggle with bipolar and alcoholism to creatively express the raw intensity of the human experience. If ever there were a way to tap into the human psyche and lay it bare for all to see, celebrated visual artist Derek Hess has found the key. Indeed, the...

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9 Must-See Movies About Bipolar Disorder

bp Magazine
November 16, 2018

There are many worthy films about mental illness that inspire, inform and entertain. Here, we narrow down the list to nine movies featuring a lead character with bipolar disorder that you don’t want to miss!   #1 The Ghost and the Whale (2016) Maurice Benard (Sonny of General Hospital) stars as Joseph Hawthorne, a man...

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Tired of Celebs with Bipolar Making Headlines? Why Your Story Matters Too

JB Burrage
September 12, 2018

Instead of complaining about the celebrity spotlight, we could combat stigma by talking about our own experiences with bipolar.   I’ve found myself talking about celebrities and mental health a little more than I’ve wanted to, but it’s something that I realize is just important to talk about. When celebrities talk about their struggles, especially...

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Demi Lovato and Why We Can’t Forget Our Own Bipolar Disorder Battles

JB Burrage
September 4, 2018

Demi Lovato’s overdose this past summer can demonstrate that we can’t neglect to take care of ourselves while working to combat stigma. *Update: On Friday, Oct. 26th, Demi Lovato’s mother Dianna De La Garza said on the podcast “Conversations with Maria Menounos” her daughter marked 90 days sober   In the movement to spread the...

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Kanye, Demi and Mariah: Who is ‘Really’ Helping Break Mental Health Stigma?

Carin Meyer
May 25, 2018

While it’s important for stars such as Kanye, Demi and Mariah to take on mental health stigma, their word choice can have a huge impact on public perspectives. Update: On Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018 Kanye said during a meeting with President Donald Trump that he was “misdiagnosed” with bipolar disorder and a neuropsychologist had diagnosed...

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5 Celebrity Mental Health Advocates Who Adore Their Pets

bp Magazine
May 15, 2018

It’s no surprise that everyone loves their pets!  Pets offer a furry shoulder to lean on when dealing with depression and anxiety – their companionship is irreplaceable.   #1) Ellen DeGeneres Comedic host Ellen DeGeneres has been open about the depression and intense anger she experienced when she revealed her sexuality on the 1997 sitcom...

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4 Celebs with Bipolar Who LOVE Their Dogs

bp Magazine
May 10, 2018

These stars’ pets are constant companions who provide support, comfort and calmness Demi Lovato Demi’s dog Batman has his own Instagram account—and of course there are many photos of him getting hugs from “mom.” Demi adopted Batman after she lost her dog Buddy. She once tweeted Buddy comforted a homeless man and said, “My little...

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Justin Peck: Taking the Wheel of His Bipolar

Linda Childers
April 2, 2018

His drive for perfection found him balancing his mood swings; now he wants you to know you can be the master of your own fate. By Linda Childers   When Justin Peck gets behind the wheel of his 4-wheel drive race truck, the outside world ceases to exist. Gone are the manic highs and depressive...

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World Bipolar Day: Honoring Van Gogh—Are Creativity and Madness Linked?

Carin Meyer
March 29, 2018

We are all familiar with the story of the “tortured artist” but is there a unique creative force in the mood swings of bipolar disorder?   By Carin Meyer   By the time I was sixteen years old, I had convinced myself that I was a creative genius. I knew nothing yet of bipolar disorder,...

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AJ Mendez Brooks on Wrestling the Stigma of Bipolar

bp Magazine
July 5, 2017

The retired WWE star, formerly known as AJ Lee, is fighting in a brand new arena: She is telling her story to take down stigma.   Growing up to be a professional wrestler isn’t every little girl’s dream, but it was for A.J. Mendez Brooks. The former WWE star was once a scrawny, awkward kid,...

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7 Biographical Movies Featuring Bipolar Disorder

bp Magazine
April 24, 2017

Here’s a sneak-peek into seven true accounts of famous people with bipolar disorder: #1  The Flying Scotsman  Graeme Obree is a Scottish racing cyclist who twice broke the world hour record, thus the nickname The Flying Scotsman. This movie depicts the life and career of Obree (played by Jonny Lee Miller), who struggles with bipolar. While initially resisting treatment for...

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5 Famous Females Who Are Crushing The Stigma of Bipolar Disorder

bp Magazine
March 26, 2017

By being public about their bipolar, these celebrities help others to understand the brain-based disorder. #1 Jane Pauley Jane Pauley, 66, is the new 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...

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Genetic Testing Offers Hope to People with Bipolar Conditions

Patrick J. Kennedy
March 24, 2017

After a 16-year career in Congress, Patrick J. Kennedy has become an advocate for the promise of genetic testing in mental illness treatment. By the Honorable Patrick J. Kennedy After a 16-year career in Congress, today I’m dedicated to improving the lives of people around the world who are experiencing mental illness, addiction, and other...

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6 TV Shows Featuring Characters With Bipolar Disorder

bp Magazine
October 20, 2016

Compelling storylines for main television characters with bipolar disorder continue to gain popularity on the small screen, helping to reduce stigma and normalize mental illness.   #1  Degrassi: The Next Generation The Canadian teen drama has tackled a range of social issues such as AIDS, alcoholism, abortion, bullying, gay rights and eating disorders. No surprise,...

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VIDEO: Richard Dreyfuss Makes The Most of His Bipolar Disorder

bp Magazine
October 19, 2016

The colorful actor continues to relish the creative beauty in turning his manic depression to mastery and bad situations to good.   Richard Dreyfuss self-diagnosed as a manic-depressive at the young age of 14 and then made use of his colorful manic states throughout his life. In this Menniger Mindscape podcast series the actor and...

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7 Athletes Speaking Out About Anxiety, Depression and Bipolar Disorder

bp Magazine
October 18, 2016

With strength and grace, these sporting legends are using their own personal experiences to create awareness and break down the stigma that surrounds mental illness. #1  Dorothy Hamill This Olympic figure skating legend was diagnosed with depression in 1993, and has a strong familial history of anxiety and depression. She advises that having a core...

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Maria Bamford Turns Bipolar into Funny Business

Melody Moezzi
October 4, 2016

In both her standup routines and now in her Netflix series Lady Dynamite, comedian Maria Bamford normalizes topics like bipolar depression, hospitalization, and obsessive thoughts. By Melody Moezzi   I’ve been a loyal fan of comic Maria Bamford’s ever since watching her ingeniously frank and vulnerable web series The Maria Bamford Show. In it, she...

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Chamique Holdsclaw: Basketball Star Scores Against Stigma

Elizabeth Forbes
July 22, 2016

Depressive episodes plagued the former WNBA star’s career and darkened her life. Since starting treatment for bipolar, it’s been “like night and day.” By Elizabeth Forbes   There’s a widely accepted statistic that it takes, on average, 10 years to get an accurate diagnosis of bipolar disorder. For Chamique Holdsclaw, it took eight years and...

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Richard Dreyfuss—Brash, Bold and Proudly Bipolar

Fergus Ewbank and Marianne Haynes
July 1, 2016

The movie star speaks candidly on Hollywood greed, civics education, how living with bipolar disorder has been good for him, and why stigma is “stupid.” By Fergus Ewbank and Marianne Haynes   Some people who live with bipolar find it difficult to talk about. Not so Richard Dreyfuss. The celebrated actor speaks readily about his...

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Bipolar On-Screen & Maria Bamford’s “Lady Dynamite”

Brianne LaPelusa
June 6, 2016

Since I’ve known about my bipolar disorder, I’ve always wanted to know more. I’ve seen the same recycled, sensationalized narratives. But at last, Maria Bamford & “Lady Dynamite.” This is as hilarious as it is groundbreaking in its honesty and relatability.  To find out why, read on.   Since I’ve known about my bipolar disorder,...

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