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1 Edgar Allan Poe, poet and writer. 42534
2 Russell Brand, comedian and actor. "In a low-key admission at the end of the book, he says he was finally diagnosed with bipolar disorder – manic depression – after he kicked the drugs for good in 2002 which goes some way to explaining his almost superhuman indifference to the chaos and catastrophe that almost lead him to obscurity." 32543
3 Kurt Cobain, musician. His cousin, Beverly Cobain, a "registered nurse (…) [link] experience as a mental health professional" and author of a book, When Nothing Matters Anymore: A Survival Guide for Depressed Teens ISBN 1-57542-036-8, stated in an interview: "Kurt was diagnosed at a young age with Attention Deficit Disorder [link], then later with bipolar disorder; (…) As Kurt undoubtedly knew, bipolar illness can be very difficult to manage, and the correct diagnosis is crucial. Unfortunately for Kurt, compliance with the appropriate treatment is also a critical factor." 22975
4 Ozzy Osbourne, singer. Lead singer of Black Sabbath and his self-titled band. Cited in VH1's "Heavy: The History of Metal" in 2006. 19856
5 Ernest Hemingway, writer 14967
6 Mel Gibson, actor and director. 14554
7 Stephen Fry, actor, comedian and writer. "As a sufferer of the disorder, Stephen Fry is speaking to other sufferers to find out about their experiences and visiting leading experts in the UK and US to examine the current state of understanding and research." Stephen has recorded a documentary about the life of the manic depressive which aired on the BBC. [link]</ref> 14038
8 Jean-Claude Van Damme, actor. 13172
9 Axl Rose, lead singer and frontman best known for Guns N' Roses. "I went to a clinic, thinking it would help my moods. The only thing I did was take one 500-question test - ya know, filling in the little black dots. All of sudden I'm diagnosed manic-depressive." 8310
10 Jackson Pollock, American artist. 7452
11 Florence Nightingale, nurse and health campaigner. BPW "Florence heard voices and experienced a number of severe depressive episodes in her teens and early 20s - symptoms consistent with the onset of bipolar disorder", Dr. Kathy Wisner, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. 7199
12 Virginia Woolf, writer. 7026
13 Vivien Leigh, actress </ref> 6097
14 Carrie Fisher, actress and writer. "'I ended up being diagnosed as a bipolar II,' says Fisher." 5904
15 Richard Dreyfuss, actor, BBC Documentary. 4881
16 Nina Simone, American singer. Interview with her daughter Simone, The Sunday Times June 24, 2007 4649
17 Pete Wentz, musician. Fall Out Boy 4614
18 Edvard Munch, artist. 4472
19 Brian Wilson, musician, founding member of The Beach Boys. 4432
20 Jack London, American author </ref> 4326
21 Scott Weiland, musician. (Stone Temple Pilots, Velvet Revolver) 3896
22 Robert Schumann, German composer 3558
23 Macy Gray, musician and actor. As documented in an interview with Saul Williams 3465
24 Linda Hamilton, actress. Star of the Terminator movies. Was diagnosed at the age of 40. 3140
25 Graham Greene, English novelist. Extract from Graham Greene: A Life in Letters]: "Greene was managing the impulses of bipolar illness, involving mood swings from elation, expansiveness or irritability to despair and would quickly be guilty of repeated infidelities." 2966
26 Peter Steele, frontman, Type O Negative. 2878
27 Patrick Stump, frontman, Fall Out Boy. Record producer. Also see Pete Wentz (below). 2842
28 Jeremy Brett, actor. 2659
29 Paul Gascoigne, English footballer. "His second book, released this year, centres on his therapy - for alcoholism, eating disorders, OCD, and bipolar disorder, among others." 2549
30 Rosemary Clooney, singer and actress. 2525
31 Sidney Sheldon, producer, writer; wrote about being a victim of bipolar disorder in his autobiography The Other Side of Me. 2357
32 Spike Milligan, comedian. Depression and How to Survive It, first edition, Spike Milligan and Anthony Clare, 1994. ISBN 0099858304.</ref> 2338
33 Burgess Meredith, actor; with cyclothymia (milder bipolar disorder). 2323
34 Townes Van Zandt, singer-songwriter 2287
35 Adam Ant, musician. 2225
36 Mark Whitacre, business executive described in the true story movie, The Informant. 2041
37 Devin Townsend, musician, Strapping Young Lad, The Devin Townsend Band. He took himself off of his medication to write lyrics for Strapping Young Lad's album Alien. 2028
38 Timothy Treadwell, American environmentalist and bear enthusiast, featured in the 2005 documentary film by Werner Herzog titled Grizzly Man. 1900
39 Gene Tierney, Academy Award nominated actress, Best Actress (1945). 1862
40 Jaco Pastorius, jazz musician. "Jaco was diagnosed with this clinical bipolar condition in the fall of 1982. The events which led up to it were considered "uncontrolled and reckless" incidences." 1851
41 Daniel Johnston, musician: "Johnston's output in his late teens and early 20s proved to be a symptom of his worsening manic depression." The Guardian Unlimited, Saturday August 20, 2005: "Personal demons", review of film, The Devil and Daniel Johnston: 1834
42 Emilie Autumn, musician. 1815
43 Margot Kidder, actress — self-described: 1808
44 Cheri Oteri, actress. Saturday Night Live Cast Member. Cited in Shales T.& Miller A. (2002) Live From New York, A Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live. 1777
45 Georg Cantor, mathematician. Cantor's recurring bouts of depression from 1884 to the end of his life were once blamed on the hostile attitude of many of his contemporaries, Dauben 1979, p. 280:"…the tradition made popular by <nowiki> Arthur Moritz Schönflies<nowiki>>[link]</nowiki> blamed Kronecker's persistent criticism and Cantor's inability to confirm his continuum hypothesis" for Cantor's recurring bouts of depression.</ref> but these bouts can now be seen as probable manifestations of bipolar disorder. Dauben 2004, p. 1. Text includes a 1964 quote from psychiatrist Karl Pollitt, one of Cantor's examining physicians at Halle Nervenklinik, referring to Cantor's mental illness as "cyclic manic-depression".</ref> 1743
46 Abbie Hoffman, political activist: "Abbie was diagnosed in 1980 as having bipolar disorder, more commonly known as manic depression." {{cite book 1742
47 Ray Davies, musician: is openly bipolar; also see his autobiography, X-Ray. 1707
48 Connie Francis, singer. 1702
49 Kristy McNichol, actress. The former child star and teen idol left the show Empty Nest due to her battle with the depression. McNichol later returned to the show for a few episodes during the series' last season. 1645
50 Patty Duke, actress. 1532
51 Bill Oddie, naturalist, comedian and television presenter. 1495
52 Patricia Cornwell, American crime writer. 1483
53 Kerry Katona, English television presenter, writer, magazine columnist and former pop singer with girl band Atomic Kitten. BBC 1447
54 Dick Cavett, television journalist. "CAVETT: Both in hypomanic, which I have had, and incidentally, one has to admit many patients say I am cured now, I am fine. But I must say I miss those hypomanic states. They are better off where they are." 1217
55 Ludwig Boltzmann, physicist and mathematician. He "suffered from an alternation of depressed moods with elevated, expansive or irritable moods." 1150
56 Matthew Good, Canadian musician. He first disclosed his illness in a personal blog. It was during the writing and recording of Hospital Music that he suffered one of his worst episodes. 1139
57 Jenifer Lewis, American actress, spoke about her diagnosis on Oprah in September 2007. 1052
58 Jack Irons, drummer, formerly of Red Hot Chili Peppers and Pearl Jam. {{cite book 1019
59 Alastair Campbell, press advisor. 990
60 Ben Moody, musician. The former guitarist from Evanescence. 954
61 Phil Ochs, musician. 902
62 Charley Pride, country music artist. (autobiography) Pride: The Charley Pride Story. Publisher: Quill (May 1995). "Pride discusses business ventures that succeeded and those that failed, as well as his bouts with manic depression. He tells his story with no bitterness but lots of homespun advice and humor." 888
63 Max Bemis, frontman of the band Say Anything, spoke about his diagnosis in an interview with Spin magazine in 2006. 875
64 Tony Slattery, actor and comedian. "I rented a huge warehouse by the river Thames. I just stayed in there on my own, didn't open the mail or answer the phone for months and months and months. I was just in a pool of despair and mania." BBC Documentary 854
65 Frank Bruno, boxer; was hospitalized for a short period and is currently on lithium. 822
66 Gail Porter, British TV presenter. 767
67 List of people with depression 744
68 Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy has been open about mental health issues, including being diagnosed with bipolar disorder. 700
69 Maurice Benard, actor. He has discussed his diagnosis with Oprah Winfrey, and has since become active in promoting bipolar awareness. 625
70 Jane Pauley, TV presenter and journalist. The former Today and Dateline host describes being diagnosed with bipolar disorder in her autobiography "Skywriting: A Life Out of the Blue", which she wrote in 2004, as well as on her short-lived talk show. 617
71 Terry Hall, lead singer of The Specials. 589
72 Mariette Hartley, American actress, has publicly spoken about her bipolar disorder. 555
73 Margaret Trudeau, Canadian celebrity and ex-wife of former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau (deceased). She now travels Canada and other countries speaking out against the stigmas on mental illness 550
74 Iris Chang, historian and journalist for the San Francisco Chronicle. 529
75 John Clare, poet. 484
76 Kristin Hersh, musician, formerly of rock band Throwing Muses, has spoken about her bipolar disorder. 462
77 Justin Furstenfeld, Lead singer of the band, "Blue October". 461
78 Ruby Wax, comedian. 437
79 Nicola Pagett, actor. Wrote about her bipolar disorder in her autobiography Diamonds Behind My Eyes ISBN 0575602678 433
80 Graeme Obree, Scottish racing cyclist. World hour record 1993. Individual pursuit world champion in 1993 and 1995. Cited in 2003 autobiography, Flying Scotsman: Cycling to Triumph Through My Darkest Hours and 2006 film. 410
81 Robert Munsch, author. 406
82 Kay Redfield Jamison, clinical psychologist and Professor of Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, who profiled her own bipolar disorder in her 1995 memoir An Unquiet Mind and argued for a connection between bipolar disorder and artistic creativity in her 1993 book, Touched with Fire. 399
83 Mark Vonnegut, author. 362
84 Sophie Anderton, model. 337
85 Alan Garner, novelist. According to the Guardian, "In The Voice that Thunders (Harvill), a collection of critical and autobiographical essays, Garner casts light on his writing and thinking, and the role that manic depression plays in his creativity". 315
86 Kate Millett, author, The Loony-Bin Trip (1990) discusses her diagnosis of bipolar disorder, describing experiences with hospitalization and her decision to discontinue lithium therapy. 308
87 Mike Doughty, musician. First described himself diagnosed as bipolar in 2007 on his blog. 273
88 Andrew Johns, Professional Rugby League Player. — has gone public about his condition. 259
89 Barney Bubbles, graphic designer. 246
90 Otto Klemperer, conductor. 240
91 Marya Hornbacher, writer. Hornbacher wrote Madness, a memoir of her struggle with bipolar disorder, after writing Wasted, which detailed her eating disorder. 199
92 Nick Traina, singer., "in the last year of his life, he began telling people he was manic-depressive." 190
93 Robert Calvert, former Hawkwind frontman. 189
94 Adrian Borland, British musician. 156
95 Rigoberto Alpizar, shooting victim. {{cite news 155
96 Rene Rivkin, entrepreneur. 144
97 Michael Slater, International Australian cricketer, forced to retire because of related symptoms. 143
98 Barret Robbins, former NFL Pro Bowler. 131
99 Ivor Gurney, English composer and poet. 125
100 Vincent Crane, keyboard player of Atomic Rooster. 87
101 Richard Rossi, filmmaker, musician, and maverick minister, revealed for the first time in a live interview on the Lynn Cullen show on June 5, 2008 the link between his artistic productivity and his depression to bipolar disorder, stating that "my father was bi-polar one, and I'm bi-polar two." He spoke of the relationship between creativity and the illness. 73
102 Emma Parker Bowles, model. 70
103 Andy Behrman, author of the book Electroboy: A Memoir of Mania. 54
104 John A. Mulheren, American financier, stock and option trader and philanthropist. 46
105 Michael Costa, former Australian Labor party politician and Treasurer of NSW. "Mr Costa said a number of state parliamentary colleagues approached him about their mental health problems after he publicly revealed his battle with bipolar disorder in 2001." 44
106 Tim Smith, rugby league player whose career with NRL side Parramatta Eels was ended due to his bipolar condition, and pressure from the media. 44
107 Steven Thomas, American entrepreneur. 32
108 Jonathan Hay, Australian rules footballer 26
109 Robert S. Corrington, theologist. In his book Riding the Windhorse: Manic-Depressive Disorder and the Quest for Wholeness he gives a personal account of his own struggles with the condition. 25
110 Stuart Sutherland, British psychologist and writer 19
111 Bill Lichtenstein, print and broadcast journalist and documentary filmmaker, profiled in Time magazine, October 10, 1994. 18
112 Andrea Breth, German stage-director. 13
113 Arthur McIntyre, Australian artist. 6
114 Philip Graham, publisher and businessman. "It had finally penetrated to me that Phil's diagnosis was manic-depression…" Katherine Graham (1997), Personal History, p. 328; Knopf, 1997, ISBN 0-394-58585-2 (book has numerous other references). < 5
115 Patrick Kroupa, writer and hacker, has been very open about his drug use and mental health issues, after his last heroin detox in 1999. He mentions bipolar disorder openly in several interviews. < 5
116 Vincent Van Gogh, artist (among numerous other hypotheses) < 5
117 Marshall Mathers (Eminem), musician.. Eminem speaks openly in his lyrics about being manic, taking lithium, and taking Seroquel. < 5
118 Sinéad O'Connor, musician. She discussed her diagnosis in a Guardian interview in 2010. < 5
119 Craig Owens, singer for American band Chiodos. < 5
120 Emil Post, mathematician. < 5


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