Famous People with Mental Illnesses

Just because they're famous doesn't make them immune.

Mental illness is a condition that impacts a person's thinking, feeling or mood and can affect his or her ability to socialize with other people. Many people have mental illnesses and they have different ways of dealing with it. Famous people even have mental illnesses. How did they deal with them? Where they treated differently?


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Asperger's Disorder(high-functioning autism)

Michelangelo was one of the most famous artists during the Italian Renaissance. He was known for his "Creation of Adam" on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.Michelangelo was thought to have had Asperger's Disorder. He was a loner and self-absorbed. He gave all of his attention to his work. These are signs of autism. His family said he was erratic and had trouble applying himself to anything. As a child, he didn't get along with his family too well and was physically abused. His mentor said he had trouble making friends or having any kind of relationship at all. He had trouble having a conversation with other people. He even rarely bathed and slept with his shoes on. He was famous in his works, but was he really great himself?

Napoleon Bonaparte

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Narcissistic Personality Disorder

Napoleon Bonaparte was one of the most famous French leaders in history.Although it was actually proved, Napoleon Bonaparte was thought to have had narcissistic personality disorder. He always cared about his success over everything else. He always thought of himself above others and more important. He once abandoned his army to return to France. When he couldn't feed prisoners, he just slaughtered them all. He all of this was reasonable in his mind. People say he was really short and tried to make up for it by being overly aggressive. People who act like this are known as a Napoleon Complex. He was But his biggest flaw is that he cared for himself above others.

Jim Carrey

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Jim Carrey is well known for acting in comedy movies. He has been in movies such as Dumb and Dumber and Bruce Almighty. Jim Carrey suffered from major depression most of his life. It's hard to believe even comedic actors can fall victim to depression. He sought a doctor's help and he was prescribed Prozac. He publicly announced he was facing depression in 2009. Jim carried relied on medication but this isn't the only way to treat depression. You can treat depression by getting more sleep, getting social support, getting nutrition, and getting exercise. There is also therapy. Some of the things they'll do in therapy is help you better understand relationships and what hey are and how to set healthy boundries.

Demi Lovato

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Bipolar Disorder

Demi Lovato was having a great life. She was on tour and performing everywhere. Until 2011 when she was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder. She is being treated at Timberline Knolls in Illinois. She started staying sober. She also has been following a structured eating and exercise plan. She even keeps a book of mantras and quotes. When asked how long her treatment would be she responded,"Some people go on a treatment plan for a couple of years, go off it, and they're fine, mine may last my entire life, or it may not. I take it day by day." She launched a awareness campaign called Be Vocal: Speak up for Mental Health.
By Brandon Nguyen Health 10