Famous Mental Illness


The famous have often been leaders for lifestyles that many wished they themselves had. However, what few individuals take into consideration is that notoriety does not make someone less of a human being. The famous are just as susceptible to mental illness as anyone else. If fear that you are suffering from any of the mental illnesses discusses, please confide in a trusted friend or family member, and get more information. 

How Friends Can Help Those with Mental Illness

Drug Abuse Information from the National Institute of Drug Abuse

Symptoms of Depression

Working Together to Help Those with Mental Illness

National Institute for Mental Health

ADD or ADHD – Attention Deficit Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder are both medical terms to describe conditions that interfere with one’s ability to stay on task or concentrate on a particular task. A few famous sufferers of ADD/ADHD are:

Albert Einstein – Scientist and Philosopher

Henry Ford – Founder of the Ford Motor Company

Galileo – Astronomer

Leonardo da Vinci – Astronomer and Inventor

Wright Brothers – Inventors of the Airplane

Thomas Jefferson – Former United States President and Founding Father

Justin Timberlake – Pop Star and Actor

Britney Spears – Pop Star

Tom Cruise – Actor

Mel Gibson - Actor

What is ADHD?

Risk Factors for ADD/ADHD in Children

Information for Parents on ADD/ADHD

Can Adults Have ADHD?

ADHD Fact Sheet



Bipolar Disorder – Bipolar disorder is a mental illness characterized by extreme mood swings, shifts in activity, and extreme changes in energy. A person who suffers bipolar disorder can be in an extremely joyous mood one moment or angry and sad the next. A few people that you may have heard of, affected by bipolar disorder are:

Ludwig van Beethoven – Composer

Mark Twain – Author

Edgar Allan Poe – Poet

Winston Churchill – Politician

Theodore Roosevelt – Former United States President

Axl Rose – Musician

Sting – Musician

Jimi Hendrix – Musician

Ben Stiller – Actor and Comedian

Jim Carrey – Actor and Comedian

What is Bipolar Disorder?

Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder

Information for Children and Adolescents with Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Disorder and Veterans

Bipolar Disorder Information for Parents


Depression – Depression is characterized by an overwhelming sense of hopelessness. Those considered clinically depressed often have trouble enjoying activities they once cherished and suffer from decreased energy. A few famous people who have suffered from depression in one form or another are:

Meriwether Lewis – American Explorer

Abraham Lincoln – Former United States President

Calvin Coolidge – Former United States President

Sir Isaac Newton – Mathematician, Inventor, and Astronomer 

William Faulkner - Author

Buzz Aldrin – American Astronaut

Terry Bradshaw – Actor and NFL Player

Gwenyth Paltrow - Actress

Janet Jackson – Musician

Billy Joel – Musician

What is Depression?

Depression in Children and Teens

Setting Goals for Depression Recovery

Depression and the Elderly

Alternative Treatments for Depression (Please consult a medical professional before self-treating any condition)

Eating Disorders – An eating disorder is characterized by any type of extreme behavior linked to the consumption of food. This can be anorexia (lack of eating), binge eating (consuming unusually large quantities of food at one time), or bulimia (binge eating followed by purging). While many actresses/actors, models, and other pop culture celebrities have widely admitted to eating disorders, here are a few more surprising people:

Princess Diana – Former Princess of Wales

Audrey Hepburn – Actress

Jane Fonda – Actress

Portia de Rossi – Actress

Sally Field – Actress

Elton John – Musician

Elvis Presley – Musician

Ashlee Simpson – Musician

Oprah Winfrey – Television Personality and Businesswoman

Richard Simmons – Fitness and Diet Guru

What Are Common Eating Disorders?

Eating Disorders and Body Image

How to Support a Loved One with an Eating Disorder

Eating Disorders in Men

Information on Binge Eating Disorders


Excessive Alcoholism – Excessive alcoholism is described as anyone who regularly consumes more than one alcoholic drink per day for women or two alcoholic drinks per day for men. A few famous people who have struggled with excessive alcoholism are:

Alexander the Great – Military Strategist and Historical Figure

Ulysses S. Grant – Former United States President

Betty Ford – Former United States First Lady

Joseph Stalin – Dictator

Ernest Hemingway – Author

F. Scott Fitzgerald – Author

Stephen King – Author

Eric Clapton – Musician

Drew Barrymore – Actress

William Shatner – Actor

What is Excessive Alcoholism?

Alcohol and Public Health

Alcohol, Teens, and Peer Pressure

Signs and Symptoms of Alcoholism

Features of Alcoholism

Excessive Drug Addiction – Excessive drug addiction is the regular improper use of a controlled substance, whether legal or illegal. A few famous individuals who have been known to suffer from excessive drug addiction are:

Adolph Hitler – Dictator

Pablo Picasso – Artist

Vincent Van Gogh - Artist

Willie Nelson – Musician

Michael Jackson – Musician

Lindsay Lohan – Actress

Angelina Jolie – Actress

Chris Farley – Actor and Comedian

Charlie Sheen – Actor

Darryl Strawberry – Baseball Player

What is Excessive Drug Addiction?

Teens and Drug Abuse

How to Get Help in Your Area for Excessive Drug Addiction

Facts of Drug Abuse

Prescription Drug Abuse Information

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder – Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, or OCD, is a mental anxiety disorder characterized by repetitive behaviors. These behaviors can include counting a specific number of steps before completing an action or repeating an action a set number of times before feeling at ease. A few famous people with what could be characterized as Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder are:

Charles Darwin – Scientist

Nikola Tesla – Scientist

Michelangelo – Artist

Donald Trump – Businessman

Howie Mandel – Actor

Woody Allen – Actor

Leonardo DiCaprio - Actor

Cameron Diaz – Actress

Howard Stern – Radio Personality

David Beckham – Soccer Player

What is Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder?

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder in Children

Treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

How to Help Support a Loved One with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Fact Sheet

Phobia – Everyone has things they are afraid of. However, those with a debilitating fear of certain items (animals, insects, numbers, colors, heights, etc.) are considered to have a clinical phobia. Several famous people with documented phobias include:

Napoleon Bonaparte – Historical Figure

Ronald Regan – Former United States President

George Washington – Former United States President

Richard Nixon – Former United States President

Sigmund Freud - Psychologist

Muhammed Ali – Boxing Champ

Johnny Depp – Actor

Marilyn Monroe – Actress

Natalie Wood – Actress

Alfred Hitchcock – Director

What Are Phobias?

Tests and Diagnosis for Phobias

Specific Types of Phobias

Phobias and Children

Information on Specific Phobias

Social Anxiety Disorder – Social Anxiety Disorder, or Social Phobia, is a illness in which people are afraid of public interaction with others. They are in constant anxiety that they are being judged by others and often avoid social situations. A few famous individuals who have Social Anxiety Disorder are:

Thomas Edison – Inventor

Abraham Lincoln – Former United States President

Barbara Streisand – Actress and Musician

Kim Basinger – Actress

Lucille Ball - Actress

Laurence Oliver - Actor

Ricky Williams – Football Player

John Madden – Football Player, Coach, and Announcer

Charles Schulz – Cartoonist

John Steinbeck – Author

What is Social Anxiety Disorder?

Social Anxiety Disorder Symptoms and Treatments

Social Anxiety Disorder and Children

Social Anxiety Disorder and Women

Social Phobia Facts and Support