Successful bipolar people
18 Celebrities With Bipolar Disorder
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The chart-topping singer was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2001, but she told People magazine she “lived in denial and isolation” for years. She said she finally sought treatment after a series of professional and romantic issues. “I put positive people around me, and I got back to doing what I love -- writing songs and making music.”
Known for her role as Princess Leia in the Star Wars movie franchise, Fisher got diagnosed with bipolar disorder at the age of 24. She wrote her 1987 novel, Postcards From The Edge, in rehab after a near-fatal drug overdose. On stage and in interviews, Fisher called for more attention and research on the condition. She died of a heart attack in 2016.
The singer, who was nominated for a Grammy with Florida Georgia Line for "Meant to Be" and co-wrote Eminem's "The Monster," opened up about her diagnosis via Twitter. She posted, "I'm bipolar and I'm not ashamed anymore." Rexha went on to say how much she's looking forward to her next project: "This next album will be favorite album ever because I'm not holding anything back."
In a 2008 documentary, Gibson said he had bipolar disorder. The actor burst onto the scene as an action hero, then branched out into producing and directing, earning two Academy Award nominations. People magazine named Gibson the “sexiest man alive” in 1985. His personal life made headlines when he berated a police officer during a drunken driving arrest in 2006 and pleaded no contest to domestic abuse charges in 2012.
This singer and actress starred in the Disney Channel movie Camp Rock. After the sequel, and a role in the TV series Sonny With A Chance, Lovato admitted herself into a clinic for addiction and self-harm in 2010. It was there she learned she had bipolar disorder. MTV aired a documentary about Lovato’s struggles with it in 2012.
He went from stand-up comedy, to MTV, to roles in Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Despicable Me. Diagnosed with bipolar disorder as a youth, Brand lost jobs with both MTV and the BBC for controversial remarks. His marriage to Katy Perry lasted less than 2 years. Brand published his first autobiography in 2007 and detailed his struggles with drug abuse in Recovery: Freedom From Our Addictions in 2017.
The leader of the California surfing sound, Wilson wrote and produced nine albums and 16 hit singles in a 3-year span with the Beach Boys. A panic attack on an airplane in 1964 led him to stop touring. A year later, Wilson began experimenting with LSD. His bipolar disorder, which he'd learn about years later, left him physically and emotionally unable to compose or tour for decades.
The co-founder of Nirvana had attention deficit disorder as a child, then bipolar disorder later. He didn’t pursue treatment. Despite success as the leader of Seattle’s grunge rock movement, Cobain struggled with depression and committed suicide at age 27 in 1994.
The rock guitar legend got expelled from high school, once stole a car, and lasted just a year in the Army after his commanding officers suggested an early discharge. He later wrote a song called "Manic Depression," which described his trouble with mood swings. Despite his mental health issues, Hendrix’s performances at Monterey and Woodstock still get talked about today. He died at age 27 in 1970.
This Nobel Prize-winning author was prone to manic-depressive behavior throughout his life, a family trait shared by his parents, his son, and his granddaughter Margaux. Despite his larger-than-life personality and novels like A Farewell to Arms and For Whom The Bell Tolls, Hemingway had bouts of depression and paranoia. Obsessed with death, he eventually shot himself in the head in 1961.
The founder of Turner Broadcasting and CNN has spent much of his life battling bipolar disorder and depression. Despite that, Turner took a small independent television station in Atlanta and turned it into a global media conglomerate. At one point, he owned the Atlanta Braves and Hawks, and won the America’s Cup.
This Welsh-born star won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in Chicago and a Tony Award for her onstage work. She's also been nominated for several Golden Globes. Married to Michael Douglas since 2000, stress during his battle with tongue cancer led to depression and a diagnosis of bipolar disorder.
Born Vivian Mary Hartley in England, Leigh’s greatest fame came from her iconic portrayal of Scarlett O’Hara in Gone With The Wind.
The wife of acclaimed actor Laurence Olivier, Leigh had a reputation for being difficult on the set. For much of her adult life, she had severe depression and mania. Her treatment was electroshock therapy.
From his start as a teen signing idol to his successful movie and stage career, Sinatra’s popularity never waned. He sold more than 150 million records, was a Las Vegas headliner, and won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in From Here to Eternity. Behind the scenes, Sinatra’s volatile temper was legendary, as was his charity.
This Irish-born singer and songwriter burst onto the music scene in 1990 with the hit single Nothing Compares 2 U. A performance on Saturday Night Live in 1992 during which she tore up a picture of the pope resulted in widespread criticism. She disclosed that she had bipolar disorder in 2007. Ten years later, she shared a video detailing her struggles with mental illness.
Van Damme, a Belgian-born martial arts action film star, started studying karate at 10 and earned his black belt 8 years later. His breakthrough film was 1988’s Bloodsport. Ten years after that, he found out he had bipolar disorder. In 2011, Van Damme said he took medication for mood swings that he says he had since childhood.
Pauley, a TV anchor and journalist, has been in the spotlight since she replaced Barbara Walters on NBC’s Today show in 1976. She also co-hosted the evening news, and then co-anchored Dateline NBC, for a decade beginning in 1992. These days, she's the anchor of the CBS show Sunday Morning. It wasn’t until the release of her autobiography in 2004 that Pauley revealed her struggles with bipolar disorder.
An Academy Award winner for her portrayal of Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker, and a television star for playing identical cousins in The Patty Duke Show, Duke was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 1982. From that point on, she spent much of her life educating the public on mental health issues. She lobbied Congress for funding and research and wrote two autobiographies about her illness. She died in 2016 from sepsis at 69.
As first lord of the admiralty at the start of World War I and British prime minister in World War II, Churchill rallied people with stirring speeches and radio broadcasts to encourage resistance against Germany. However, he battled his own war against depression, suicidal thoughts, and lack of sleep. He called it his “black dog.” Despite his condition, he authored 43 books and earned a Nobel Prize in Literature. He died in 1965 at 90.
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Are there successful people who live with bipolar?
People with bipolar disorder can live a good life, be happy and be successful—just like anybody else. In fact, you might be surprised to find out that some of the greatest and most creative minds have had bipolar disorder. Some of their greatest work has been done during their darkest times.
Living with bipolar disorder can feel lonely and discouraging. By hearing the stories of other people with bipolar disorder, you can begin to see your own experience echoed in theirs. You realize you’re not alone. You are part of a community. You start to think “If they can do it, I can too.”
You belong to a brilliant community.Jess Y, New Mexico
Here are some people with bipolar disorder who not only achieved great success while dealing with the disease, but also used their success as a platform to help others.
Carrie Fisher, actress
At times, being bipolar can be an all-consuming challenge, requiring a lot of stamina and even more courage, so if you’re living with this illness and functioning at all, it’s something to be proud of, not ashamed of. They should issue medals along with the steady stream of medication.Carrie Fisher
Many recognize Carrie Fisher for her role as Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy. But for the mental health community, she was one of the leading activists in the fight against the stigma of bipolar disorder. She spoke candidly about the illness in a way that people needed to hear and brought the conversation into the spotlight. Through her books, stage shows, and interviews she told the truth about bipolar disorder, and showed through infectious humor that people with it are just like everyone else. Carrie Fisher lived by example, proving that anyone with bipolar disorder can live well and thrive. Sadly, Carrie passed away in 2016—but her legacy lives on as she continues to inspire others who share the illness.
Demi Lovato, singer and actress
I think scars are like battle wounds – beautiful, in a way. They show what you’ve been through and how strong you are for coming out of it.Demi Lovato
Demi Lovato is well known for her career as a singer and actress. As of late, Demi has emerged as an outspoken advocate for bipolar disorder. She works with organizations, including Mental Health America, through her initiative Be Vocal: Speak Up for Mental Health, which aims to support individuals with mental illness and encourage them to open up and seek help.
Kay Redfield Jamison, Ph.D., clinical psychologist and writer
The entertainment industry isn’t the only place where people with bipolar disorder can be successful. In addition to a long career as a clinical psychologist, Dr. Jameson is the author of An Unquiet Mind, a memoir of her own experiences with severe bipolar disorder. Many people have identified with her stories of year-long depressions and frightening psychotic episodes. Her book also discusses how she came to terms with needing to take lithium [link] for the rest of her life, and how she ultimately learned to be grateful for it rather than resentful of it.
Here are some more successful people who live or lived with bipolar disorder:
Note: Some of these people lived before bipolar disorder had been recognized and defined. However, their historical biographies include many symptoms of bipolar disorder.
- Ada Lovelace, considered the first ever computer programmer
- Lynn N. Rivers, former member of the U.S. House of Representatives
- Dave Dahl, inventor of Dave’s Killer Bread
- Russell Brand, comedian and actor
- Jean-Claude Van Damme, actor
- Pete Wentz, musician
- Vincent van Gogh, painter
- Edgar Allen Poe, writer
- Virginia Woolf, writer
- Winston Churchill, politician
- Ludwig van Beethoven, musician
- More examples from Wikipedia
Between hell and heaven.How people with bipolar disorder live
Between hell and heaven. How do people with bipolar disorder live? And after a few days, it seems like he abandoned this idea. On July 16, the news wrote: West did apply for participation in the elections - a couple of hours before the deadline.
The musician's throwing looks strange and illogical. After all, participation in elections is not buying socks or even a car. In theory, people take this seriously. But there is one small detail: a week before West's final decision, the media reported that the musician had bipolar disorder. He was in remission for a long time, but recently an exacerbation began.
According to WHO, 45 million people in the world are living with bipolar disorder. Among them are quite a few well-known personalities. BAR is attributed to Sergei Yesenin, Vladimir Mayakovsky, Robert Schumann, Virginia Woolf. From contemporaries at different times, Mariah Carey, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Russian rapper Oxxxymiron admitted to the diagnosis. None of the Ukrainian celebrities have made such statements yet.
Liga.net recorded two monologues - by cameraman Kristina Lizogub, who has been struggling with bipolar disorder for almost three years, and psychiatrist Dmitry Mangubi. They told how to understand that you have a mental disorder, respond to your own suicidal thoughts and distinguish the real world from the world of the disease.
Kristina Lizogub , cameraman. Her work "School No. 3" won the Grand Prix at the Berlinale in 2017. Now the girl is working on the film "Spas" about the war in the Donbass and post-traumatic syndrome. Christina has been suffering from bipolar disorder for the past six years. Almost three of them - heals him.
"I thought it was part of my character"
When I was 15-16 years old, I made cuts on my arms. These were not suicide attempts, I just wanted to shift the focus from my feelings about first love to physical pain. I turned on John Lennon's Imagine and took the blade. It had a very calming effect. Then I learned that when damaged and the sight of my own blood, the brain produces opiates - a natural painkiller.
Already in adolescence, I realized that I periodically plunged into depressive states. They lasted about two weeks - weakness, unwillingness to contact people, obsessive thoughts. Parents did not react either to this or to cuts. Friends asked why my hand was bandaged, but they didn’t really go into it either. There was no information about mental disorders then. People just didn't know what it was. And it seemed to me that everything was fine - after all, teenagers are dramatic and love to listen to sad music.
At the age of 19 I moved from Odessa to Kyiv and entered the Karpenko-Kary National Theatre, Film and Television University. Trained as an operator. Then she began to live with her future husband. At some point, we both noticed that I was sinking into depression more and more often. Minor events aroused in me a storm of feelings that I had no control over.
In 2013, I got a job at STB. I was quickly hired, my work was praised. I was glad, but when I came to the channel, I fell into strange states - everything swam before my eyes, I did not understand where I was. These were symptoms of a mental disorder, but then I thought it was just part of my character. That I'm such a skinless girl. I worked for eight months and left.
When the Maidan began, I was constantly there. After the executions on Hrushevsky and Institutskaya streets, she could not recover for two weeks. At first, I just lay there, felt very tired and as if I had fallen out of reality. Then she slowly started to get up. I remember walking down the street and thinking: “What is it, I feel bad for the second week in a row. Stupidly bad.” On the other hand, after three months of fucking it was logical, and it is unlikely that my feelings were very different from the feelings of other people on the Maidan.
As I now understand, by March 2014, I began to have hypomania. I felt super cool and strong. At the same time, she was irritable, aggressive and impulsive. On this wave, I broke up with my husband, and for the next few years I rocked from mania to depression. Manias lasted a week or two, depressions longer.
"I felt uncomfortable everywhere - at home, on the street, with friends"
From 2014 to 2016, I filmed a documentary film "School No. 3" about children from Nikolaevka (Donetsk region). At the end of filming, she fell deeply in love and began to live with a guy. I was in a mania, I did a lot, led an active lifestyle, constantly traveled somewhere. Then I began to fall into depression for no apparent reason, and the guy stopped understanding what was happening to me.
At the beginning of 2017, I constantly experienced anxiety, and it was more of a physical sensation than a feeling. Inside from the abdomen to the neck and on the skin there was a constant burning sensation. I could hardly eat or sleep. I was uncomfortable everywhere - at home, on the street, with friends. It seemed that something terrible had happened or was about to happen. That on all fronts everything is gone, and I'm finished. That I've already failed relationships with my parents, my friends, my boyfriend, the movie I was working on. That I am of no value as a person, and the only thing left is to lie down and rest in peace.
In the real world, everyone loved me and tried to take care of me. Soon I had to go to the Berlinale to present our film. But none of this interested me. I saw only my black realm. Cold space in which I flew and thought that everything was gone.
In February 2017 I went to the Berlinale. I was a mess of emotions and thoughts. On the one hand, I felt good and pleasant, but on the other, it seemed that I did not deserve it, I was constantly anxious. Even at the party after the award ceremony, where we took the Grand Prix. I laughed, drank wine and did not understand how I really feel.
I returned from Berlin and found out that I had won a study grant of 50,000 euros. It was a two-year master's course in cinematography. While studying, you need to live in three countries - first in Ireland, then in Hungary and Estonia. In theory, I was supposed to jump to the ceiling with happiness, but by that time nothing pleased me.
"I wanted to escape my anxiety and fears. When I ran away, it only got worse"
Before going to Ireland, I went to a psychiatrist and he diagnosed me with an anxiety-depressive disorder. He prescribed an antidepressant. It helped to normalize sleep, but it did not work as a cure for depression.
I hoped that I would get better in Ireland. That I will run away from anxiety, fears, failures, from myself. But in Dublin it only got worse. Once my classmate from India saw me sitting barely alive alone on a bench while everyone was walking and having fun. He came up and said: "Something is completely wrong with you. Move in with me. I'll take care of you." He himself experienced depression and knew how to support a person in such a state. I moved, he began to do yoga with me, make herbal teas for me, talk. I hardly left his apartment. Mostly, she spent her days lying by the fireplace. The teachers had no questions - I showed them a certificate with a diagnosis.
Four months later I came to Odessa for the holidays and went to see a psychiatrist. She diagnosed depression and prescribed about ten drugs. I came to the first appointment with my mother and a friend - the doctor told them what was happening to me and how to care for a person with a mental disorder. I decided to live on vacation with a friend - I didn’t want to strain my parents and strain myself. I felt so comfortable.
I rested, sometimes I went out for a walk around the house or to the sea. I met my mother every day. After two weeks, I physically felt that the antidepressants had worked. She went to bed and said to her friend: "Wow, at one moment the burning sensation passed, and the whole body relaxed. " After a couple of days, the flow of negative thoughts stopped.
I left Odessa to study in Budapest in a very good condition. Strength came and I felt like myself again. A classmate from Holland and I started shooting a short film about a man who works as a bird repeller at an airport. I managed to do a lot of things every day and felt on the rise.
A month later, the symptoms began to return. There was no strength again. Fortunately, the shooting had already ended by that time, and I sat in the apartment all day. I had a small room with white walls, a light-colored bed, and a round lamp with a golden garland inside. I took a guitar from a classmate, and played all the time - "Cuckoo", "Strange Tale" and "Sorrow" by Tsoi. The guitar sounded loud, the music was superimposed on my condition, and it distracted me.
I was looking back at my life and realized that for a long time now depressions have been alternating with states of elation. Skyped with a psychiatrist and she changed her diagnosis to bipolar disorder. She said that I urgently need to leave Budapest and go to a rehabilitation center. I bought a ticket to Kyiv. I had to drop out of school.
"I tried to make repairs before the depression"
I spent the next month in a private rehabilitation center. Basically, drug and alcohol addicts live there, a smaller part are those who are being treated for anxiety disorders. A month there costs 1000 euros. My parents paid for me.
There was a clear schedule in the center. You get up at 7 in the morning, have breakfast, do exercises, take pills. Then a psychotherapy group, lunch, sleep, another group, dinner. In the evening - a movie or a book. For a month of such a life, I more or less came to my senses.
Then I lived with a friend for two months. I just ate, walked, did yoga, helped a friend with a child, meditated, talked a little with people. I started looking for a job, but did not take on large projects that needed to be highly concentrated on.
Only a year later I felt that I was returning to myself. I really love Thom Yorke and Radiohead. One morning I turned on some of their song and realized that I liked listening to music again. She is not just playing somewhere in the background, as usual. I listen to her and hear. This has not happened for a long time.
The taste for life gradually returned. I started laughing and joking a lot. I felt that I wanted to work at full strength again. Just at that moment, I was offered to shoot a feature film about the war in the Donbass and post-traumatic syndrome, and I agreed. December 2019year we started preparing for the film. Shooting will start in a couple of weeks.
"In a month of living in a rehabilitation center, I more or less came to my senses"
For more than two years, I continue to take drugs and see a psychiatrist. Depressive episodes were reduced to three days. I know that at this time I just need to lie down. I ask my friends to call me every hour or come if possible.
Every time I wait for the desire to do something - wash the dishes, put on socks, take a shower. I call it "momentum". When I feel it, I get up, and action after action I accelerate myself to a normal state. But as long as there is no impulse, there is no point in forcing yourself to do something either.
I know that a depressive episode can come at any moment, and I try to prepare for it. For example, I moved into a new apartment and tried to make repairs there before I fell into depression. I always have clean dishes at home, a made bed, a fed cat and a minimum supply of food. In such an environment, it is easier for me to experience my condition.
I also monitor hypomania. Sometimes, for example, I receive money for a project, I walk around the city and feel like the mistress of the world. I try to besiege myself: you are not the mistress of the world, you just received a salary, and you need to adequately distribute it. And not go to a restaurant, buy an expensive dress, get a tattoo and then sit without money.
"If I don't take care of myself, I will plunge into a mental disorder"
I perceive the world either in black colors, or with enthusiasm. In depression, everything seems dangerous. The heat is scary, the subway too. You walk into a store and the saleswoman looks rude and repulsive. The apartment becomes a fortress in which it is unpleasant to be. Waking up is disgusting. In hypomania or the normal state, the world seems beautiful, people seem beautiful or at least interesting.
Of course, the diagnosis changed my life. In addition to medication, I have been meditating for two years now, I try to keep a sleep schedule. If I sleep less than nine hours, the next day I will feel overwhelmed, and by the evening a tantrum may begin. If I drink alcohol, I know that there are two days of sad, anxious hangover ahead. I can not bring myself to a frenzy with emotions, take substances. I cannot neglect my body and its desires. I just have no choice but to take care of myself. Otherwise, I'm going into a mental breakdown.
I began to treat people differently. Now I know that behind someone's smile, pink hair and colored leggings, a completely different story can be hidden - constant anxiety, fear, obsessive thoughts and a desire to die. Conversely, if someone seems surly or unpleasant, you may be seeing the symptoms of their illness rather than themselves. I learned to see it and separate it.
Now I am 30. Behind - six years of illness and rehabilitation. I know it's not over yet. The psychiatrist once said that full rehabilitation takes about three years. Then this prediction scared me. And now, on the contrary, I'm glad. Maybe I'll go into complete remission by 32, 33, or even 35. But this is much, incomparably better than living and not knowing what is happening to me. Than to think to old age that I am terrible, and the world is terrible. It's like not treating pneumonia and thinking: it is me.
Dmitry Mangubi , psychiatrist, head of the primary episode department of Kharkiv Regional Clinical Psychiatric Hospital No. 3.
"Bipolar disorder has one advantage. The patient comes out of each episode with minimal losses"
There was a case in my practice. A school teacher suddenly came up with the idea of converting the school into a large store. For each teacher, she came up with a job according to the profile: a mathematician will be an accountant, a physical education teacher will be a loader, and so on. Right during the lesson, she took a pack of paper and began to walk around the classrooms. She demanded that her colleagues write statements, because it is necessary to quickly agree with the authorities. The teachers called an ambulance. When the teacher was led into the car, she sang a line from Malinin's romance "And the commissars are sitting in our rooms, and our girls are being taken to the office. " In the hospital, the teacher came to her senses, realized what she had done, and tried to commit suicide.
This is an example of the state of mania that a person with bipolar disorder enters. The second pole of the disorder is the deepest depression up to self-harm and suicide attempts. Days, weeks, and sometimes months and years can pass between phases.
In 2019, WHO adopted a new classification of diseases - ICD-11. It will enter into force in 2022. According to her, bipolar disorder is divided into two types. In type 1 bipolar disorder, the patient alternates between mania and depression, while in type 2 bipolar disorder, hypomania and depression or subdepression.
A hypomanic person is constantly in high spirits, sleeps little and does a lot, spends more money than usual, smokes more often, drinks a lot of coffee and alcohol. He has a lot of interesting creative ideas. Girls in hypomania dress provocatively and become hypersexual. They flirt and flirt. Men can also dress brightly and often make rash purchases.
Depression in type 2 bipolar disorder is not as deep as in type 1. Patients take it as payment for an energetic period and simply wait it out. Almost never go to psychiatrists.
Hypomania and mania always begin without a cause. This distinguishes them from periods of high spirits, which happens to all people. Of course, patients try to rationalize their condition. They say: now the weather is good, the sun is shining, the trees are green. But after all, no one will smoke a cigarette after a cigarette, it's vulgar to joke and hardly sleep because of the good weather.
Before a diagnosis of bipolar disorder is made, a psychiatrist takes a medical history. First, exclude all possible organic causes. If a patient has mood swings and is complaining of a severe headache, I will suspect a brain tumor and send him for a CT scan. If the temperature is constantly elevated, I will think about infections. It happens that relatives bring a person to an appointment. It is said that sometimes his mood changes dramatically. In a personal conversation, he says: "You see, doctor, I work a lot and, in order to have enough energy, I use cocaine." In such cases, of course, we cannot speak of bipolar disorder.
"I always suspect bipolar disorder in depressed patients"
I always suspect bipolar disorder in depressed patients. I ask them if they've had unreasonable mood swings. Sometimes from a 50-year-old man you can hear a whole history of illness that he did not suspect: “Ten years ago I left my wife and child and married another girl. I got divorced and married again, bought two houses at the same time. I dropped everything, went abroad and hitchhiked. Now I'm depressed, I don't want to live." Stories can be less vivid. A person, for example, recalls that a year ago, for several days, he felt a surge of energy - he repainted all the walls and moved the furniture of the house, began to communicate with friends whom he had long forgotten about.
If there is at least one episode in the history of life with symptoms of mania or hypomania, I prescribe antidepressants very carefully. Patients with bipolar disorder need to take so-called mood stabilizers. Otherwise, from depression, they can jump into mania.
Usually, after the first episode of bipolar disorder, psychiatrists recommend taking medication for a year and a half, after the second - two to two and a half years, after the third - as long as possible.
In addition to drugs, patients with bipolar disorder are recommended cognitive-behavioral therapy. The therapist teaches them to control their state - to keep a mood diary, to use the technique of self-description. It is important to observe the regime of sleep and rest, to play sports. You should not go, for example, to discos - this can provoke a manic state.
It is difficult to say whether bipolar disorder can be cured once and for all. This is a chronic relapsing disease. Sometimes it progresses, and type 2 bipolar disorder can turn into type 1. Sometimes it stays the same. But if you treat the disease, you can achieve remission for a year, five, ten years. This is a lot, and given that after 50-60 years, the manifestations of bipolar disorder fade away, the symptoms may never return.
Bipolar disorder has one advantage. The patient emerges from each episode with little loss. After attacks, for example, schizophrenia, a person changes mentally - he becomes less emotional and purposeful, more apathetic and passive. Even the deepest and hopeless depression in BAD is treated, and the person continues to live on in a normal state. Often it is the normal state that becomes a discovery for him.
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Gomez, Carey and other stars with bipolar disorder
Bipolar disorder is an unpleasant diagnosis, but it is quite possible to lead a normal life with it. The main symptom of BAD is an “emotional swing” from the highest point (the stage of mania or hypomania) to the lowest point (depression). Celebrities who have been diagnosed with this do not hesitate at all, and they do it right!
Talking about mental health is not only possible, but also necessary, it will help you find support.
Last year, live with Miley Cyrus, the singer admitted that before the quarantine she had an examination and found out that she had bipolar disorder. In 2015, Selena suffered from severe depression and anxiety, but then no specific diagnoses were given to her.
The singer was glad that there was certainty: “When I have information, it really helps me, and does not scare me when I don’t know what is happening. ” She also admitted that she studied the issue and understood how to live with it. Well, perhaps Gomez will reflect new knowledge in his work: many artists raise the topic of health in their songs.
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The singer tweeted about her bipolar disorder on April 15, 2019: “I'm bipolar and I'm not shy about it anymore. That's all (she cried out all her eyes)". She received many encouraging comments from subscribers.
The 30-year-old Albanian star is not only recording his second solo album, but also composing songs for Nick Jonas, Selena Gomez and other colleagues.
The singer has been struggling with bipolar disorder since 2011. In 2014, she even gave a series of lectures in various US cities on how to lead a fulfilling life in such conditions: “I had dark times, especially during the depressive stage of the disease. Bipolar depression has thrown my life out of whack, but today I am proud to say that I am living proof that anyone can live, love and feel good even with bipolar disorder when they have the knowledge, support and treatment they need. ".
Demi also published the book How to be strong 365 days a year, where she also touched on the topic of bipolar disorder.
The singer was one of the first stars with bipolar disorder: she revealed the diagnosis in 2001. “For many years I lived in denial and isolation,” Keri said. Over the years, she learned to deal with mood swings.
The model and daughter of the famous tennis player Yevgeny Kafelnikov told subscribers about bipolar at the end of 2017: “After analyzing today the correspondence, emotional surges, emoticons used on the phone, I can firmly state that I have bipolar disorder.” It is not known for certain whether this diagnosis was confirmed by doctors, although the girl has her own psychiatrist.
In the same year, Alesya was treated at the clinic for two months after a scandal with her father. Kafelnikova said that she was happy with everything: “Guys, well, I like to suffer, I have such an obsession, I stick around on this depression. If you don't like my "suffering" - unsubscribe. I’m generally talking to myself here, ”Kafelnikova said.
The actress began having mental problems in 2010, and in 2011 she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.