Van Damme’s medical doctors then prescribed sodium valproate, a drug that stabilizes moods and also effective for epilepsy. After taking the treatment, Van Damme’s health responded very well.
Later, he realized what he suffered from and then got back his life under control and reunited with his former wife, Gladys Portugues, and has since then remained happily married. Unfortunately, the well known actor still struggles, even though he is open about them.
3. Bebe Rexha: Bebe opened up about her diagnosis via Twitter when she posted that she is bipolar, and that she is not ashamed anymore. She continued to explain how her next album will be her most loved one since she has accepted the fact of no longer holding back anything, not even her condition.
4. Vincent Van Gogh: Vincent won’t be only remembered for his legendary artwork or painting but also his eccentric, difficult, and moody personality. In an article published by the American Journal of Psychiatry, Van Gogh had suffered two different episodes of reactive depression, leading to the assumption that there are bipolar aspects to his history.
The two episodes of depression were followed by continuous periods of progressively high energy and enthusiasm, first as an evangelist and then as an artist.
5. Demi Lovato: Lovato is unarguably one of the youngest celebrities of our time. As at the time she was 18year old, she speaks openly bullying, her addiction, an eating disorder, cutting, and depression. It was at the time of her rehabilitation for the addiction that she diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
She accepted her condition and developed skills on how to cope and adopt ways to manage and understand her emotions.
She became the celebrity spokesperson for “Be Vocal: Speak Up for Mental Health” campaign.
6. Leonard Dicaprio: This is an Oscar-award winning star who suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder. Although, he has managed to maintain his obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) tendencies under control, saying he has the ability to stop himself when the urge for OCD tendencies arise. Subsequently, medical doctors diagnosed him with bipolar disorder.
7. Mel Gibson: The information about his struggles was shared in a 2008 documentary. Gibson made headline for berating a police officer during a drunken-driving arrest in 2006 and later pleaded no contest to charges on domestic abuse in 2012. Also, the media captured him in several brushes during bipolar episodes.
8. Catherine Zeta-Jones: This is another famous celebrity with bipolar disorder. She is a Welsh-born star that began exhibiting her condition after she became famous and experienced high stress levels. Her husband’s battle with cancer leads her into further depression.
9. Carrie Fisher: This actress rose to superstardom in her role as Princess Leia in the Star Wars movie franchise. It was at the age of 24 that she got diagnosed with bipolar disease. Anytime fisher gave interviews, she often called for more attention, research and awareness on the condition. Sadly, she later died of a heart attack in the year 2016.
10. Kanye West: This artist usually uses his music to spread awareness about mental health. He accepted his diagnosis not until 2018 and his bipolar disorder inspires most of his musical lyrics. For example, Kanye West raps on how he hates being bipolar in his song, Yikes. Also, his music focus more on how to spread awareness of other mental health conditions such as depression.
Celebrities with Bipolar Disease Help Spread Awareness on Mental Wellness
As at the time that these famous celebrities acknowledged their struggles with this mental disease publicly, they assist in spreading awareness and sensitization about the condition to the general public.
If you are afraid of disclosing your bipolar status, the above listed 10 famous celebrities with the disorder can help you gather to courage to seek for help.
You should always remember that a diagnosis of Bipolar Disease should be done only by a qualified physician. Always seek the professional help when the need arise. In case you are experiencing feelings of self-harm or suicide, then contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800-273-TALK (8255) right away.