Famous People with
Famous people with mental illness are outlined here. There is a misconception in the general public that because someone has risen to fame or fortune they are somehow immune to mental illness just like anyone else.
Stars, celebrities and notables with mental illness are no more immune to the stresses of life or biology and genetics than anyone else is.
Princess Diana (pictured above) struggled with post-partum depression after the birth of Prince William. And, in addition, according to the National Alliance on Mental Health, “Diana struggled with bulimia and self-harm, both coping mechanisms due to the stress of her marriage, as well as the pressure of being thrust into the public eye. She was constantly hounded by the paparazzi and the details around her loveless marriage were public knowledge.”
List of Famous People with Mental Illness
Ludwig van Beethoven
Jean-Claude Van Damme
T. S. Elliot
Vincent Van Gogh
Mary Todd Lincoln
Edgar Allen Poe
John D. Rockefeller
J. K. Rowling
Peter Illyich Tchaikovsky
So you can see that famous people with mental illness is not as rare as it may seem at first. I’ve only included the most notable famous people with mental illness for this list and left off some more minor celebrities of which there are literally thousands.
Great American author Ernest Hemmingway (pictured below) was plagued by alcoholism and depression much of his adult life. He received electro shock treatments at the Mayo Clinic in 1961 when he was suicidal. A few days later, Hemmingway would take his own life with his “favorite shotgun.” His granddaughter Margaux Hemingway would take her own life in 1996.
Linda Hamilton (pictured below), the star of the Terminator movies was diagnosed early with bipolar disorder. She resisted treatment, however, until she turned 40-years-old. She attributed anti-depressants to changing her world.
Note: Making this mental illness list above does take some editorial judgment on my part. So, if you think that there is a celebrity or other notable that I’ve left off please send them in so that I may add them to the list.