List of people with bipolar disorder
This is a list of people accompanied by verifiable source associating them with bipolar disorder (formerly known as "manic depression") based on their own public statements. In the case of dead people only, individuals with a speculative or retrospective diagnosis should only be listed if they are accompanied by a source reflective of the mainstream, academic view. Individuals should not be added to this list unless the disorder is regularly and commonly mentioned in mainstream, reliable sources.
- Sherman Alexie, Native American poet, writer, and filmmaker
- Hans Christian Andersen, Danish writer
- Michael Angelakos, American musician.
- Adam Ant, English musician and actor
- Maria Bamford, American comedian, stated in an interview with The Salt Lake Tribune that she has been diagnosed with bipolar II disorder.
- Max Bemis, frontman of the band Say Anything, spoke about his diagnosis in an interview with Alternative Magazine in 2014.
- Maurice Benard, actor, discussed his diagnosis on The Oprah Winfrey Show, and has since become active in promoting bipolar awareness.
- Davone Bess, American football player.
- Russell Brand, British 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 [sic] him to obscurity."
- Frank Bruno, British boxer; was hospitalized for a short period and as of 2005[update] is on lithium.
- Eoin Cameron, Western Australian radio personality and former politician.
- Dick Cavett, television journalist.
- Eason Chan, Chinese popular music singer.
- Neil Cole, former Australian Labor party politician. "Associate Professor Cole was the first politician in Australia or overseas to admit to having a mental illness, namely bipolar mood disorder."
- Rosemary Clooney, singer and actress.
- Patricia Cornwell, American crime writer.
- 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 experience with the condition.
- 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."
- Vincent Crane, keyboard player of Atomic Rooster.
- Disco D, record producer and composer.
- Richard Dreyfuss, actor, appeared in a BBC documentary to talk about his experience with the disorder.
- Patty Duke, actress.
- Carrie Fisher, actress and writer. Starred in the Star Wars films as Princess Leia.
- Tom Fletcher, English singer, songwriter, pianist, and guitarist of McFly, discussed his bipolar disorder in the book Unsaid Things... Our Story.
- Ellen Forney, comics artist and creator of Marbles: Madness, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me
- Larry Flynt, publisher and the president of Larry Flynt Publications (LFP).
- Connie Francis, singer.
- Stephen Fry, actor, comedian and writer. Fry was the center of the Emmy Award-winning documentary Stephen Fry: The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive in which he shares his experience being diagnosed with cyclothymic disorder and interviews a number of celebrities who are also diagnosed with bipolar-related disorders.
- Alan Garner, novelist, wrote about having bipolar disorder in a collection of critical and autobiographical essays.
- Paul Gascoigne, English footballer, wrote about his treatment for bipolar disorder in his second book.
- Mel Gibson, actor and director.
- Matthew Good, Canadian musician. He first disclosed his illness in a personal blog.
- Philip Graham, publisher and businessman.
- Terry Hall, lead singer of The Specials.
- Halsey, indie pop singer.
- Linda Hamilton, actress. Star of the Terminator movies. Was diagnosed at the age of 40.
- Mariette Hartley, American actress, has publicly spoken about her bipolar disorder.
- Jonathan Hay, Australian rules footballer
- Kristin Hersh, musician, of rock band Throwing Muses, has spoken about her bipolar disorder.
- Abbie Hoffman, political activist.
- Marya Hornbacher, writer.
- Jesse Jackson, Jr., American politician and son of civil rights pioneer, has stated he's been diagnosed with bipolar II disorder.
- Kay Redfield Jamison, American author and clinical psychologist, who has written extensively about her personal experiences with bipolar disorder, including in An Unquiet Mind.
- Andrew Johns, Australian rugby league player. Publicly announced his condition following retirement.
- Lee Joon, Korean actor and musician.
- Krizz Kaliko, American hip hop musician.
- Chris Kanyon American professional wrestler.
- Kerry Katona, English television presenter, writer, magazine columnist and former pop singer with girl band Atomic Kitten. BBC.
- Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy has been open about mental health issues, including being diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
- Otto Klemperer, conductor.
- Margot Kidder, actress — self-described.
- Cássia Kis, Brazilian actress
- 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.
- Kerli Kõiv, better known mononymously as Kerli, Estonian recording artist and songwriter.
- Mary Lambert, American actress, singer and writer, revealed that she had the illness in an interview with shewired.com and in her song that was released in 2014, Secrets.
- Debra LaFave, schoolteacher who had sexual relations with minor student.
- Albert Lasker displayed the symptoms of Bipolar II according to the book "The Man Who Sold America."
- Yoon Ha Lee, Korean-American science fiction writer.
- Vivien Leigh, actress, most famous for her role as Scarlett O'Hara in David O. Selznick's movie "Gone With The Wind".
- Jenifer Lewis, American actress, spoke about her diagnosis on Oprah in September 2007.
- Bill Lichtenstein, print and broadcast journalist and documentary filmmaker, profiled in Time magazine, 10 October 1994.
- Abraham Lincoln, 16th president of the united states , though a diagnosis of bipolar disorder did not exist during Lincoln's time .
- Demi Lovato, American actress, singer and writer, revealed her illness in April 2011 in an interview with People magazine.
- Gustav Mahler, compositor 
- Tina Malone, British television actress, writer, director and producer (Brookside, Shameless). Diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder and bipolar disorder in 1998.
- Arthur McIntyre, Australian artist.
- Jessica Marais, South African-Australian actress. She has stated that she has suffered bipolar episodes since she was 12 years old, suggesting that they have been caused by the death of her father from a heart attack.
- Burgess Meredith, actor; with cyclothymia.
- Dimitri Mihalas, Astrophysicist.
- Spike Milligan, comedian.
- Ben Moody, musician. The former guitarist from Evanescence.
- Seaneen Molloy, Northern Irish blogger.
- Marilyn Monroe, American actress.
- Petr Muk, Czech singer.
- John A. Mulheren, American financier, stock and option trader and philanthropist.
- Edvard Munch, artist.
- Robert Munsch, author.
- 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.
- Kim Novak, actress: During an interview with Robert Osborne for TCM in 2012 she stated that she wasn't diagnosed until late in her life.
- Sinéad O'Connor, musician. She discussed her diagnosis in a Guardian interview in 2010.
- 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.
- Phil Ochs, musician.
- Bill Oddie, naturalist, comedian and television presenter.
- Craig Owens, singer for American bands Chiodos, and Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows.
- Nicola Pagett, actor. Wrote about her bipolar disorder in her autobiography Diamonds Behind My Eyes ISBN 0-575-60267-8
- 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."
- 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.
- Metta World Peace, formerly known as Ron Artest, American basketball player 
- Fernando Pessoa, Portuguese poet.
- William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham, British Statesman
- Edgar Allan Poe, poet and writer, may have experienced bipolar disorder.
- Jackson Pollock, American artist.
- Odean Pope, American jazz musician.
- Gail Porter, British TV presenter.
- Emil Post, mathematician.
- 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."
- Gabriele Rabel, botanist, physicist
- Kay Redfield Jamison, Psychiatrist, author
- Lou Reed, musician
- Lynn N. Rivers, member of the United States House of Representatives representing Michigan's 13th congressional district from 1995 to 2003.
- Rene Rivkin, entrepreneur.
- Barret Robbins, former NFL Pro Bowler.
- 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."
- Richard Rossi, filmmaker, musician, and maverick minister, revealed for the first time in a live interview on the Lynn Cullen show on 5 June 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.
- John Ruskin, the leading English art critic of the Victorian era, also an art patron, draughtsman, watercolourist, a prominent social thinker and philanthropist
- Rene Russo, American actress, producer, and former model.
- Robert Schumann, German composer
- Nina Simone, American singer. Interview with her daughter Simone, The Sunday Times 24 June 2007
- Frank Sinatra, American singer and actor. "Being an 18-karat manic depressive, and having lived a life of violent emotional contradictions, I have an over-acute capacity for sadness as well as elation."
- Michael Slater, International Australian cricketer, forced to retire because of related symptoms.
- 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
- Sidney Sheldon, producer, writer; wrote about being a victim of bipolar disorder in his autobiography The Other Side of Me.
- Tim Smith, rugby league player whose career with NRL side Parramatta Eels was ended due to his bipolar condition, and pressure from the media.
- Charlene Soraia, British singer-songwriter, musician has cyclothymia.
- Britney Spears, American singer-songwriter
- Alonzo Spellman, American football player
- Dusty Springfield, English pop singer
- Scott Stapp, American singer (Creed)
- Peter Steele, frontman, Type O Negative.
- David Strickland, Actor, Suddenly Susan.
- Poly Styrene (real name Marion Elliot-Said), singer.
- Stuart Sutherland, British psychologist and writer
- Mackenzie Taylor, British comedian.
- Michael Thalbourne, Australian psychologist and parapsychologist.
- Steven Thomas, American entrepreneur.
- Gene Tierney, Academy Award nominated actress, Best Actress (1945).
- 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.
- Nick Traina, singer, "in the last year of his life, he began telling people he was manic-depressive."
- Timothy Treadwell, American environmentalist and bear enthusiast, featured in the 2005 documentary film by Werner Herzog titled Grizzly Man.
- 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.
- Ted Turner, American media businessman. Founder of CNN.
- Jean-Claude Van Damme, actor.
- Vincent van Gogh, artist. (among numerous other hypotheses)
- Townes Van Zandt, singer-songwriter.
- Eric Victorino, vocalist of The Limousines, author.
- Byron Vincent, writer, performer, broadcaster 
- Mark Vonnegut, author.
- James Wade, darts player.
- David Walliams, actor/comedian/author/charity fundraiser.
- Tom G Warrior- Lead singer/guitarist of heavy metal bands Celtic Frost, Apollyon Sun and Triptykon
- Ruby Wax, comedian.
- Scott Weiland, musician. (Stone Temple Pilots, Velvet Revolver)
- Pete Wentz, musician. Fall Out Boy
- Delonte West, American basketball player
- Mark Whitacre, business executive described in the true story movie, The Informant.
- Robin Williams, actor and comedian.
- Brian Wilson, musician, founding member of The Beach Boys.
- Amy Winehouse, musician
- Frank Wisner, OSS Officer
- Virginia Woolf, writer.
- Lee Thompson Young, actor.
- Yo Yo Honey Singh, Indian rapper, music producer, singer and film actor. 
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I had no time to rest during that period. I knew that I had to study, but I couldn’t. I have a severe bipolar disorder, and people only saw what was broadcast on TV. They don’t see the effort behind the screen, such as the late-night rehearsals. No matter how hard I tried, my body just couldn’t keep up with me, so it was very upsetting.
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