Famous People With Mental Illness
Even The Ones We Hold High Have Lows
Buzz Aldrin is an engineer and former astronaut who traveled in the Gemini 12 and Apollo 11 space missions. Aldrin was the second person to ever step foot on the moon during the duration of the Apollo 11 mission. However, Aldrin faced tragedy in his life as his own mother took her life shortly before the mission. This caused Aldrin to fall into a pit of depression and alcoholism shortly thereafter. Aldrin spent years attempting to recover from his illness, however he was met with the struggles of American stardom. Eventually, Aldrin finally recovered and wrote his autobiography, describing his many life struggles.
Terry Bradshaw is a Hall of Fame quarterback who spent his career playing with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Bradshaw was drafted in the year 1970 and played through 1983, winning four Super Bowls, eight AFC Central Championships, two-time Super Bowl MVP, and three time Pro Bowler. After his career Bradshaw struggled with clinical depression for many years. It wasn't until 1999 that Bradshaw was diagnosed and given medication. Bradshaw recovered quickly and now works for Fox Sports and has a successful career in broadcasting.
Carrie Fisher is an actress who officially hit the big screen in the year 1975. It wasn't until 1977 that Fisher sealed her stardom as Princess Leia Organa in the Star Wars film franchise. Fisher grew up her whole life diagnosed with bipolar disorder, having to deal with manic episodes. 10 years ago Fisher decided to go public about her mental illness, becoming a spokesperson for all those with bipolar disorder. Fisher has continued raising awareness for the people suffering from manic-depression disorder.
Calvin Coolidge was the 30th president of the United States, who suffered from depression most of his life. Coolidge suffered a loss early in his life as his Mother passed away when he was only 12 years old. This left Coolidge's father to raise him, doing so with extreme methods of punishment. This weakened Coolidge's mental state extremely, making himself more susceptible to bouts with depression. It was when Coolidge's son passed away when he was in office that he would permanently fall into a pit of depression. He was a very inefficient president, as would never make any decisions or do any work after the death of his son. Coolidge would later pass away four years after his presidency, and it is suspected that he lost his will to live after his long-term depression had set in.
By Bryce Moore