Famous People with Bipolar Disorder

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

Blogs and Articles

The Healing Of Patrick J. Kennedy

John Mulligan
August 8, 2007

A profile of Patrick Kennedy, the champion of “Parity,” an advocate for bipolar disorder awareness, and a hero in the world of mental wellness. Patrick Kennedy had gotten himself into some jams over the years, but none came close to his car crash on Capitol Hill in the hours after midnight on May 4, 2006....

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Svend Robinson: Politician Makes Peace With Bipolar Disorder

June Rogers
May 29, 2006

Robinson discusses scandals, stigma, and coming out of the bipolar closet.   By June Rogers   Most Americans have likely not heard of Svend Robinson, a former member of the Canadian Parliament who has been grabbing headlines—mostly in his home district in British Columbia—for some 25 years. Robinson, who lost in the recent January election,...

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Patty Duke: Wise, Witty, and Kicking Stigma

Stacie Z Berg
February 8, 2006

She threw tantrums on Hollywood sets and nearly lost her budding career.
But Patty Duke not only came to terms with bipolar, she became the model By Stacie Zoe Berg   Armed with a Mickey Mouse clock, which she had taken from Sid Sheinberg’s desk and tucked in her pocket, at the young age of 24...

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Jane Pauley: The Sanest Person in TV

Lizzie
November 23, 2005

Pauley is a pioneer of beating the stigma of bipolar disorder By Lizzie   Jane Pauley has always considered herself a lucky person, long before she was a celebrity with glamorous friends and a life of worldwide adventure. When she was still a teenager growing up in Indiana, she developed a theory to explain the...

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Jayson Blair and Bipolar Disorder

Jayson Blair
May 8, 2005

The New York Times reporter whose lies and plagiarism caused the media scandal of the century opens up about his regrets and his hopes   Jayson Blair’s name became synonymous with scandal and disgrace, following his highly publicized self-destruction at The New York Times in 2003 for rampant plagiarism and fabrication of news stories. The...

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Wambui Bahati’s Inspirational Balancing Act

Brenda Alesii
February 7, 2005

One woman’s story about balancing life on Broadway with bipolar disorder By Brenda Alesii   Ten years ago, John-Ann Washington disappeared. Sort of. John-Ann Washington was born in Greensboro, North Carolina, 54 years ago. She was named after her grandfather, but legally changed her name in 1995 to reflect a new facet of her life....

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Hollywood Kid Carrie Fisher and Her Best Awful

David Staba
November 7, 2004

Carrie Fisher opens up about the best awful times of her life–addiction, psychotic breaks, hospitalization and recovery. For most of a life spent squarely in the public spotlight, Carrie Fisher thought the nights she couldn’t sleep or the times she couldn’t stop talking came with life in Hollywood. So too, she thought, of the crushing...

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