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Famous Faces of Bipolar Disorder

For celebs with bipolar disorder, some days bring manic episodes, while others bring extreme sadness. Find out who suffers from this affliction 

 

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Representative Jesse Jackson Jr., who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder earlier this year and has made no public appearances since early this summer, easily won re-election to his Chicago-area district Tuesday.

Jackson, a Democrat who has served in the U.S. House of Representatives since 1995, was expected to win despite his ailment and ethics questions hanging over him. He defeated Republican Brian Woodworth, a lawyer and professor at Olivet Nazarene University.

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Troubled former Disney star Demi Lovato, 18, has been speaking openly about her struggles with cutting, anorexia and bulimia and now she reveals she is also bipolar.

In an interview with People magazine, she says, “"I never found out until I went into treatment that I was bipolar.”

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Catherine Zeta

On April 13, Catherine Zeta-Jones' rep announced the actress had made the decision to check into a mental health facility to treat her bipolar disorder. Zeta-Jones, 41, has been under a lot of stress recently - her husband, Michael Douglas, 66, was treated for cancer. The couple has two children, Dylan and Carys. 

"There's no question it's been a stressful year," a friend of Zeta-Jones told People Magazine. "Catherine has had to deal with Michael's illness and that's been hard. She went in for a few days because she's about to start working, and wanted to make sure she's in top form, which she is."

 

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Maurice Bernard

Award-winning soap opera star Maurice Bernard, who plays "Sonny" on "General Hospital" was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at the age of 22 after a nervous breakdown. He's been very outspoken about the disorder, playing out the "Sonny is Bipolar" story line on GH and appearing on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" in 2007, where he described the importance of taking his medication.

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Pete Wentz

Fall Out Boy bassist and songwriter Pete Wentz revealed in an interview with Britain's Q magazine that he has bipolar disorder. He told the magazine: "I have manic depression. I obsess over everything. When I am depressed, I can't get out of bed. But right now, it's sunny and 65 in my head, so it's OK!" The musician, who is working on his marriage to singer/songwriter Ashlee Simpson-Wentz, said he has been on medication since he was 18. They have a son, Bronx. 

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Vivien Leigh

Actress Vivien Leigh, who played Scarlett O'Hara in "Gone With the Wind," had a life full of ups and downs. Known as one of the most beautiful and talented women in show business, she won two Academy Awards for playing Scarlett O'Hara and Blanche Dubois in a "Streetcar Named Desire." But, her success was mirrored with tragedy. She had two failed marriages and battled alcoholism as well as bipolar. She died of tuberculosis at the age of 53.

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Patty Duke

Actress Patty Duke was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in her 30s. The Oscar-winning actress and TV star has written two books about her experience with the disease and is now a mental health advocate.

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Marilyn Monroe

It's never been confirmed, but some have speculated that Marilyn Monroe was bipolar. Her physician, Dr. Hyman Engelberg, said he knew she was manic-depressive (bipolar). "That always meant that there were emotional problems and that she could have big swings in her moods," he said. Monroe was found dead in the bedroom of her California home on August 5, 1962. She was 36-years-old. The Los Angeles County Coroners office listed her death as "probable suicide."

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Linda Hamilton

Actress Linda Hamilton, best known for her role as Sarah Connor in the "Terminator" movies, said she suffered from manic-depressive episodes for 20 years before getting properly treated. "In those 20 years, I did not know the meaning of the word 'hope,'" Hamilton told The Associated Press. "It was just a bleak, difficult existence."

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Carrie Fisher

Actress Carrie Fisher, best known for her role as Princess Leia in the "Star Wars" trilogy, has been suffering from bipolar since she was a youth. She told ABC's Diane Sawyer, "I have a chemical imbalance that, in its most extreme state, will lead me to a mental hospital.”

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Britney Spears

Ever since Britney's meltdown, many have speculated she may suffer from bipolar disorder. Although it has not been confirmed, sources close to Britney Spears told People magazine she has "suffered from a psychological disease for years." Two separate sources also told the magazine, who are acquaintances of the family, they believe the singer has never been formally diagnosed with bipolar disorder, but "there is no question she is bipolar."

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Richard Dreyfuss

Oscar-winning actor Richard Dreyfuss was one of several actors who spoke candidly about his life with bipolar. He did it in a 2006 documentary called "The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive" by British actor Stephen Fry. In the documentary, Dreyfuss told Fry that he has been on lithium and other medications to level his mood.

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Famous Faces of Bipolar Disorder

For celebs with bipolar disorder, some days bring manic episodes, while others bring extreme sadness. Find out who suffers from this affliction 

 

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