The Price of Fame?
Bipolar disorder and fame have been linked both in the present and the past.
Bipolar disorder (formerly known as manic depression) affects approximately 5.7 million American adults, according to the National Institute of Mental Health — and that includes many famous people. Long before rumors surfaced about Britney Spears’s mental-health problems, connections were drawn between bipolar disorder and celebrities. The erratic behavior of creative people is often attributed to this condition, since bipolar disorder is characterized by disabling mood swings during which a person goes from a high, manic phase to a low, depressed one. Though it’s difficult to verify if this condition actually crops up more often among artists and celebrities, many famous people, both now and in years past, are thought to be bipolar. Here’s a closer look at ten of them.