5 Celebrities who fought Bipolar Disorder
Mood swings and shifts in energy levels are normal for every individual. However, when someone goes through extreme mood swings that start interfering with his or her day-to-day life, it may be the sign of a serious mental health condition known as bipolar disorder.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), “bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive illness, is a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks.” As per the 2015 statistics shared by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), approximately 2.6 percent of adults in the United States suffer from bipolar disorder.
Bipolar disorder can affect anybody, regardless of age, race, caste, gender or ethnicity. Interestingly, it has been associated with creativity or verve and there are many celebrities who live with this disorder. While some famous personalities are quite outspoken about their condition, many others prefer to remain silent.
Here are some celebrities who fought bipolar disorder and started their life afresh:
1. Demi Lovato: Lovato, an American actress and singer, learned that she had bipolar disorder at the age of 22, when she checked into a rehab to seek treatment for several mental disorders such as depression, eating disorders and for attempting self-harm. However, she admits to being unaware of the chemical imbalance in her brain and the resulting disorder. Opting for a rehab and the subsequent treatment helped her live a fruitful life.
2. Scott Stapp: The lead vocalist and lyricist of hard rock bands “Creed” and “Art of Anarchy,” Stapp was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in May 2015, while he was undertaking an intensive program in a dual diagnostic facility. Although the singer was treated for depression in 1998, his mental illness had gone undiagnosed for over a decade.
However, with the support of his wife, he started his journey toward sobriety, through the treatment plan comprising intensive therapy, medications and a 12-step program.
3. Carrie Fisher: The renowned American actress and writer Carrie Fisher was told by her doctor that she was hypomanic, when in her early 20s. However, over a period of time, Fisher came to terms with her condition and started leading a normal life. The writer passed away on Dec. 27, 2016.
4. Linda Hamilton: A renowned actress, Hamilton, who is best known for her role in “Terminator” and “Terminator 2: Judgment Day,” and the TV series “Beauty and the Beast,” struggled with bipolar disorder for 20 years. She was a successful professional but her habit of self-medicating with drugs and alcohol, along with her frequent mood swings due to bipolar disorder, ended her two marriages. Although initially, Hamilton was not in favor of undergoing any sort of treatment, she is now on medications and talks openly about the disorder.
5. Jane Pauley: An American TV journalist and author, Pauley began experiencing episodes of depression and mania at the age of 50. Apparently, the steroids used to treat her hives had triggered the manic periods, which were later diagnosed as bipolar disorder.
Pauley was initially treated for depression but she has admitted that anti-depressants can be dangerous without mood-stabilizing medication. She has vividly described her struggle with bipolarity in her bestselling memoir, “Skywriting: A Life Out of the Blue.”
Treating bipolar disorder
Bipolar disorder can be an enormous mountain to climb for those affected by it. Social distancing and stigma can make things even worse. However, proper treatment using medications or therapy can go a long way in helping the patient lead a happy life.
So, if you know someone who is suffering from bipolar disorder or depression and is seeking depression help in Florida, contact the Florida Depression Helpline. Call us at our 24/7 helpline number 866–267–5177, and our representatives will assist you in connecting with the best treatment facilities for depression.