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Child Psychiatrist /Adult Psychiatrist

300 Famous Individuals with Mental Health issues, illnesses, and disorders

Updated: Nov 29, 2023

A man with his colorful mind.

Whatever the cause of it is, mental illness can happen to anyone. Whether you're rich or poor, tall or short, black or white, famous or not, you have just as equal a chance of getting it. If you become aware of it, you'll see it's as common as night and day. You probably have a friend, relative, co-worker, or acquaintance who has depression right now; who is experiencing difficulty from a loss in their life be it a job or loved one. Or it could be that they are having trouble in school, like being bullied which could in fact cause them to contemplate sucide. Or maybe they're all of a sudden experiencing too much stress and feel like they're having some sort of emotional breakdown.

Here is a list of famous individuals and cultural creatives who have also lived life with mental illness.

  1. Paula Deen Agoraphobia and panic attacks

  2. Billy Joel alcohol and depression

  3. Craig Ferguson alcoholic

  4. Karen Carpenter anorexia nervosa

  5. Sandra Dee anorexia nervosa

  6. Tracey Gold anorexia nervosa, attention deficit disorder;

  7. Richard Simmons anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa;

  8. Kurt Cobain attention deficit disorder and bipolar depression

  9. Michael Phelps attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

  10. Doug Flutie, Jr. autism

  11. Bill Oddie bipolar disorder

  12. DMX bipolar disorder

  13. Frank Bruno bipolar disorder

  14. James Dean Bradfield bipolar disorder

  15. Jane Pauley bipolar disorder

  16. Macy Gray bipolar disorder

  17. Ozzy Osbourne bipolar disorder

  18. Rosemary Clooney bipolar disorder

  19. Sinead O’Connor bipolar disorder

  20. Tony Slattery bipolar disorder

  21. Mel Gibson bipolar disorder

  22. Britney Spears bipolar and postnatal depression

  23. Stephen Fry bipolar depression

  24. Alonzo Spellman bipolar disorder

  25. Art Buchwald bipolar disorder

  26. Axl Rose bipolar disorder

  27. Ben Stiller bipolar disorder

  28. Bert Yancey bipolar disorder

  29. Bill Lichtenstein bipolar disorder

  30. Brian Wilson bipolar disorder

  31. Burgess Meredith bipolar disorder

  32. Dimitrius Underwood bipolar disorder

  33. Francis Ford Coppola bipolar disorder

  34. Gaetano Donizetti bipolar disorder

  35. J.P. Morgan bipolar disorder

  36. Jack Irons bipolar disorder

  37. Jean-Claude Van Damme bipolar disorder

  38. Jimmy Piersall bipolar disorder

  39. John Gibson bipolar disorder

  40. John Mulheren bipolar disorder

  41. Joshua Logan bipolar disorder

  42. Kate Millett bipolar disorder

  43. Kristy McNichol bipolar disorder

  44. Larry Flynt bipolar disorder

  45. Linda Hamilton bipolar disorder

  46. Ludwig van Beethoven bipolar disorder

  47. Margaret Trudeau Kemper bipolar disorder

  48. Murray Pezim bipolar disorder

  49. Ned Beatty bipolar disorder

  50. Patty Duke bipolar disorder

  51. Pierre Péladeau bipolar disorder

  52. Robert Boorstin bipolar disorder

  53. Robert Campeau bipolar disorder

  54. Robert Lowell bipolar disorder

  55. Robert Munsch bipolar disorder

  56. Spike Milligan bipolar disorder

  57. Ted Turner bipolar disorder

  58. Alvin Ailey bipolar disorder (aka “manic depression”)

  59. Abbie Hoffman bipolar disorder (speculated)

  60. Isaac Newton bipolar disorder (suspected)

  61. Vivien Leigh bipolar disorder after miscarriage

  62. Kitty Dukakis bipolar disorder, alcoholism; substance abuse;

  63. Patricia Cornwell bipolar disorder, anorexia nervosa, anorexia bulimia;;

  64. Carrie Fisher bipolar disorder, substance abuse;

  65. Shecky Greene bipolar disorder, with severe panic attacks

  66. Charley Pride bipolar disorder; alcoholism

  67. John Daly bipolar disorder; alcoholism, gambling addiction;

  68. Jaco Pastorius bipolar disorder; alcoholism; substance abuse

  69. Winston Churchill bipolar disorder; dyslexia

  70. Frances Lear bipolar disorder;, substance abuse

  71. Catherine zeta jones bipolar II

  72. Adam Ant (Stuart Goddard) bipolar disorder

  73. Doug Ferrari borderline personality disorder

  74. Marsha Linehan bpd

  75. Adam Rickett bulimia nervosa

  76. Barbara Niven bulimia nervosa

  77. Herb McCauley bulimia nervosa

  78. Jane Fonda bulimia nervosa

  79. Ally Sheedy bulimia nervosa; substance abuse

  80. Sir Elton John bulimia nervosa; substance abuse, alcoholism;

  81. Princess Diana Bulimia nevosa, depression and multiple suicide attempts

  82. Paula Abdul bullimia nervosa

  83. Alanis Morissette clinical depression

  84. Alma Powell clinical depression

  85. Anne Sexton clinical depression

  86. Ben Vereen clinical depression

  87. Benjamin Disraeli clinical depression

  88. Billy Joel clinical depression

  89. Boris Yeltsin clinical depression

  90. Buzz Aldrin clinical depression

  91. Carmen Miranda clinical depression

  92. Cary Grant clinical depression

  93. Charles Schulz clinical depression

  94. Charley Pell clinical depression

  95. Clara Bow clinical depression

  96. Connie Francis clinical depression

  97. Damon Wayans clinical depression

  98. Darryl Strawberry clinical depression

  99. Diane Arbus clinical depression

  100. Dick Clark clinical depression

  101. Dolly Parton clinical depression

  102. Dorothy Day clinical depression

  103. Drew Carey clinical depression

  104. Dwight Gooden clinical depression

  105. Eminem clinical depression

  106. Emma Thompson clinical depression

  107. Eric Clapton clinical depression

  108. Ernest Hemingway clinical depression

  109. Eugene O’Neill clinical depression

  110. F. Scott Fitzgerald clinical depression

  111. Frank Lloyd Wright clinical depression

  112. George Eliot (Marian Evans) clinical depression

  113. Georgia O’Keeffe clinical depression

  114. Harrison Ford clinical depression

  115. Hermann Hesse clinical depression

  116. Hunter Tylo clinical depression

  117. Irving Berlin clinical depression

  118. Jack Farrell clinical depression

  119. James Forrestal clinical depression

  120. James Garner clinical depression

  121. Janet Jackson clinical depression

  122. Jessica Lange clinical depression

  123. Jim Carrey clinical depression

  124. Joey Kramer clinical depression

  125. Joey Slinger clinical depression

  126. John Kenneth Galbraith clinical depression

  127. John Quincy Adams clinical depression

  128. Jose Canseco clinical depression

  129. Jules Feiffer clinical depression

  130. Karen Kain clinical depression

  131. Kendall Gill clinical depression

  132. Larry King clinical depression

  133. Lawton Chiles clinical depression

  134. Leonard Bernstein clinical depression

  135. Leonard Cohen clinical depression

  136. Mark Rothko clinical depression

  137. Meriwether Lewis clinical depression

  138. Mike Wallace clinical depression

  139. Morrissey (S.P.) clinical depression

  140. Natalie Cole clinical depression

  141. Neil Simon clinical depression

  142. Norman Mailer clinical depression

  143. Pablo Picasso clinical depression

  144. Pat Lafontaine clinical depression

  145. Patrick Kennedy clinical depression

  146. Paul Gascoigne clinical depression

  147. Paul Simon clinical depression

  148. Pete Harnisch clinical depression

  149. Peter Gabriel clinical depression

  150. Queen Victoria clinical depression

  151. Ray Charles clinical depression

  152. Rick Springfield clinical depression

  153. Robert McFarlane clinical depression

  154. Rod Steiger clinical depression

  155. Rodney Dangerfield clinical depression

  156. Sarah McLachlan clinical depression

  157. Scott Donie clinical depression

  158. Sheryl Crow clinical depression

  159. Sigmund Freud clinical depression

  160. Sir Anthony Hopkins clinical depression

  161. Sting (Gordon Sumner) clinical depression

  162. Susan Powter clinical depression

  163. Sylvia Plath clinical depression

  164. Tennessee Williams clinical depression

  165. Theodore Dreiser clinical depression

  166. Thomas Eagleton clinical depression

  167. Tipper Gore clinical depression

  168. Tracy Thompson clinical depression

  169. Walker Percy clinical depression

  170. William Styron clinical depression

  171. Yves Saint Laurent clinical depression

  172. Calvin Coolidge clinical depression (speculated)

  173. Elizabeth Hartman clinical depression (speculated)

  174. Tiberius clinical depression (speculated)

  175. Vincent Foster clinical depression (speculated)

  176. Edgar Allan Poe clinical depression (speculated); alcoholism

  177. Richey James clinical depression, anorexia nervosa;;alcoholism

  178. Robin Williams clinical depression, learning disability;

  179. Marie Osmond clinical depression, post-partum

  180. Jack Kerouac clinical depression, substance abuse, severe alcoholism;

  181. Tammy Wynette clinical depression, substance abuse;

  182. Ann-Margret clinical depression; alcoholism

  183. Hart Crane clinical depression; alcoholism

  184. Robert Young clinical depression; alcoholism

  185. Spencer Tracy clinical depression; alcoholism

  186. Drew Barrymore clinical depression; alcoholism, substance abuse;

  187. Cole Porter clinical depression; alcoholism; paranoid delusions; obsessive-compulsive disorder (speculated)

  188. Winona Ryder clinical depression; anxiety

  189. Daniel Johns clinical depression; anxiety disorder;eating disorder

  190. James Taylor clinical depression; bipolar disorder

  191. Vincent van Gogh clinical depression; bipolar disorder (speculated)

  192. Charles Dickens clinical depression; bipolar disorder (suspected)

  193. Joan Rivers clinical depression; bulimia nervosa

  194. George S. Patton clinical depression; dyslexia

  195. Audrey Hepburn clinical depression; eating disorders

  196. Leo Tolstoy clinical depression; hypochondriasis; alcoholism; substance abuse

  197. Donny Osmond clinical depression; social phobia

  198. Jackson Pollock clinical depression; substance abuse

  199. Kris Kristopherson clinical depression; substance abuse

  200. Judy Garland clinical depression;,substance abuse

  201. Kurt Vonnegut clinical depression/bipolar

  202. Phil Spector clinical depression/bipolar

  203. Richard Dreyfuss clinical depression/bipolar

  204. Marilyn Monroe clinical depression/suicide

  205. David Bowie crying but not diagnosed but lots of family mental health issues

  206. Alastair Campbell depression

  207. Ben Moody depression

  208. Fiona Phillips depression

  209. Graeme Obree depression

  210. Hugh Laurie depression

  211. Keisha Buchanan depression

  212. Kylie Minogue depression

  213. Lenny Henry depression

  214. Lord Bragg depression

  215. Meg Mathews depression

  216. Mel C: depression

  217. Melinda Messenger depression

  218. Neil Lennon depression

  219. Robbie Williams depression

  220. Ruby Wax depression

  221. Russell Grant depression

  222. Sarah Lancashire depression

  223. Trisha Goddard depression

  224. Uma Thurman depression

  225. Jack Dee depression

  226. Dick Cavett depression – found electro shock therapy helpful

  227. Delta Burke depression and compulsive hoarding

  228. George Michael depression and fear

  229. Patsy Palmer depression and panic attacks

  230. Angelina Jolie depression and self harm/OCD

  231. Dame Kelly Holmes depression and self harm

  232. Mike Tyson depression and severe insecurities and anger

  233. Heath Ledger depression, anxiety and sleep depravation

  234. Herschel Walker dissociative identity disorder

  235. Roseanne dissociative identity disorder (aka “multiple personality disorder”); obsessive-compulsive disorder; clinical depression; agoraphobia

  236. Courtney Love drub abuse, clinical depression

  237. Sophie Anderton drug addiction and depression

  238. Alexander Graham Bell dyslexia

  239. Alfred Taubman dyslexia

  240. Charles Schwab dyslexia

  241. Craig McCaw dyslexia

  242. David Boies dyslexia

  243. David Murdock dyslexia

  244. Edward McVaney dyslexia

  245. John Chambers dyslexia

  246. Lewis Preston dyslexia

  247. Nelson Rockefeller dyslexia

  248. Richard Branson dyslexia

  249. Thomas Alva Edison dyslexia

  250. Tom Cruise dyslexia

  251. Walt Disney dyslexia

  252. Whoopi Goldberg dyslexia

  253. William Hewlett dyslexia

  254. Woodrow Wilson dyslexia

  255. Albert Einstein dyslexia (speculated)

  256. Margaux Hemingway dyslexia; alcoholism; clinical depression (speculated)

  257. Justine Bateman eating disorders

  258. Amy Heckerling eating disorders; obsessive-compulsive disorder

  259. Danny Glover learning disability

  260. George Washington learning disability

  261. Harry Andersen learning disability

  262. Henry Winkler learning disability

  263. Caroline Aherne major depressive disorder

  264. Margot Kidder manic depression (Bipolar) and paranoia

  265. Denise Welch nervous breakdown

  266. Howard Stern obsessive-compulsive disorder

  267. Howie Mandel obsessive-compulsive disorder

  268. Marc Summers obsessive-compulsive disorder

  269. Howard Hughes OCD (clinical depression and psychosis both speculated

  270. Jessica Alba OCD and eating disorder

  271. Shayne Corson panic attacks

  272. Nicole Kidman panic attacks on the red carpet

  273. Earl Campbell panic disorder

  274. Kim Basinger panic disorder

  275. Donald Trump possible OCD

  276. Gail Porter post natal depression

  277. Katie Price/Jordan post natal depression

  278. Julie Krone post-traumatic stress disorder; clinical depression

  279. Brooke Shields postpartum depression

  280. Charles “Buddy” Bolden schizophrenia

  281. Charles Faust schizophrenia

  282. John Nash schizophrenia

  283. Peter Greene schizophrenia

  284. Syd Barrett schizophrenia

  285. Vaslav Nijinsky schizophrenia

  286. John Forbes Nash schizophrenia (paranoid-type)

  287. Lionel Aldridge schizophrenia (paranoid-type)

  288. Veronica Lake schizophrenia; alcoholism

  289. Abraham Lincoln severe clinical depression

  290. Charles Darwin severe panic disorder

  291. Barbra Streisand social phobia

  292. Carly Simon social phobia

  293. Ricky Williams social phobia

  294. Steve Blass social phobia

  295. Steve Sax social phobia

  296. John Madden specific phobia (flying)

  297. Elton John substance abuse and bulimia

  298. Halle Berry suicide attempt

  299. Tulisa’s mum Tulisa’s mum had scizoaffective disorder

  300. Emily Carr various speculations, neurasthenia; hypochondriasis; clinical depression; conversion disorder; schizophrenia:

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