By being public about their bipolar, these celebrities help others to understand the brain-based disorder.
#1 Jane Pauley
Jane Pauley, 66, is the new anchor of CBS Sunday Morning (after being a contributor since 2014). Pauley is best known for her 13-year tenure at The Today Show, followed by 11 years at NBC’s Dateline. We can’t forget her own talk show, The Jane Pauley Show, and her best-selling memoir, Skywriting (2004). Diagnosed at the age of 50, she is now a pioneer of beating the stigma of bipolar.
#2 Catherine Zeta-Jones
In 2011, the Oscar-winning actress revealed she had checked into a facility to treat her bipolar II disorder. Then in 2016, she sought additional treatment. Just prior to her hospitalization, Zeta-Jones was dealing with her husband Michael Douglas’s battle with cancer. Stress is a well-known trigger to either a manic or depressive episode. By the leading Hollywood actress putting a public face on her health issues helps to de-stigmatize brain-based disorders.
#3 Linda Hamilton
Although diagnosed in her 40s, Linda Hamilton has said she believes she has experienced symptoms of the disorder as a teenager, with extreme mood swings. She has said her father, a doctor, diagnosed himself as having bipolar disorder. Hamilton once described a manic episode as an amazingly brilliant time: “Sleep doesn’t seem necessary. You wake up feeling great. But it’s not all great feelings … the capacity for fighting, war, taking everything on, taking too much on, overachieving and then raging because my system was so depleted.”
#4 Demi Lovato
A platinum-selling recording artist Demi Lovato is now an advocate for people affected by mental health conditions, proving it’s possible to get through dark times and reach a place of strength. More recently, and in conjunction with Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc. and five leading mental health advocacy organizations, Lovato announced the release of the documentary Beyond Silence. She says the film “shines a light on the importance of hope in the face of adversity … only by speaking up together can we advance mental health in America.”
#5 Maria Bamford
Turning her pain into art has been therapeutic for Maria Bamford, who experienced a mental breakdown in 2010 that left her suicidal and in and out of psych wards. Whatever her professional future, Bamford is content with a quiet life at her L.A. home with Cassidy and their pug rescues Blueberry, Betty and Arnold. “I’m happier than I’ve ever been,” she says. “This is how people should feel.”
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