Celebrities with Mental Health Disorders

By Marianne English, HowStuffWorks.com

With 26 percent of Americans 18 years or older living with a diagnosable mental disorder, it’s no wonder mental health is an increasing priority for the average person. But what about the celebrities or famous people we’ve come to follow so closely? They aren’t exempt from mental health issues, either. Some are more private about their mental health, while others strive to raise awareness in hopes of debunking misconceptions about disorders. This slide show includes some of Hollywood and history’s most well-known names.

Catherine Zeta Jones: bipolar II disorder

Mel Gibson: bipolar disorder

Brooke Shields: postpartum depression

John Nash: paranoid schizophrenia

Carrie Fisher: substance abuse and bipolar

Emma Thompson: depression

Herschel Walker: dissociative identity disorder

Michael Phelps: ADHD

Howard Hughes: obsessive compulsive disorder

Paula Deen: panic attacks and agoraphobia

Elton John: substance abuse and bulimia

Craig Ferguson: alcoholism

Margot Kidder: bipolar with paranoia

Sinead O’Connor: bipolar

Kurt Cobain: ADD and bipolar



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