Active Minds at YU

a student-run mental health awareness, education and advocacy organization

Famous People Suffer Too

Famous People with Mental Illness
Ben Stiller is candid about having Bipolar Disorder, Erin Brokovich shares her stories as recovering from Anorexia, and Rosie O’Donnell has suffered from Depression for over 20 years—check out these other well known individuals who have also suffered from mental illness.  And remember, you can live a fuller life and enjoy your creativity even more if you get help.  You don’t have to spend a lifetime suffering.

• Lionel Aldridge-Defensive end for Green Bay Packers; Schizophrenia
• Jimmy Piersal-Former Red Sox Baseball player; Bipolar Disorder
• Ricky Williams-Professional Football Player; Social Anxiety Disorder
• Jennifer Capriati – Tennis Player with Three Grand Slam Titles; Depression

Movies/TV Celebrities:
• Marilyn Monroe-Model, Actress; Chronic Depression, Died by Suicide
• Drew Carey, Anthony Hopkins, Harrison Ford-Actors; Depression
• Roseanne-Actress, Comedian; Multiple Personality Disorder, OCD, Depression
• Jean-Claude Van Damme, Robin Williams-Actors; Bipolar Disorder

• Sarah McLachlan, Sheryl Crow, Elton John, Pete Wentz, Janet Jackson, Alanis Morissette-Singers and Songwriters; Depression
• Vincent Van Gogh-Painter, Ludwig von Beethoven-Composer, Edgar Allen Poe-Writer; Bipolar Depression

Political Leaders:
• Abraham Lincoln-American President; Depression
• Theodore Roosevelt-American President; Bipolar Disorder
• In reference to Winston Churchill, Anthony Storr wrote, “Had he been a stable and equable man, he could never have inspired the nation. In 1940, when all the odds were against Britain, a leader of sober judgment might well have concluded that we were finished”

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