Bipolarism: 14 celebrated people who have lived with the condition

1. Kanye West

West candidly discussed his bipolar disorder. And walked it back, and then admitted he was off meds for six months, and then returned to candid. For many, he has become the living face of bipolarism.
In August he said on Jimmy Kimmel Live that bipolarism "drives more of how you really feel."
 
"So I think it's important for us to have... open conversations about mental health. Especially with me being black, because we never had therapists in the black community. We never approached taking medication," 
 
"There are some cases of bipolar where people go low, I'm one that goes high. Like Michelle Obama said, 'Go high,'" West continued. "[I don't have extreme periods of depression] because I just say it. I'll say it on real TV. Like, 'Oh, I thought about killing myself.' And then the thought is gone."
 
"[People] need to be able to express themselves without fear of judgement," he said. "What I love telling people is, like... I don't know anyone who f*cked up as much as I have, but is still as successful."

You are not alone. There are many faces of bipolarism.

Over 3.3 million American adults are diagnosed with bipolarism each year.  An estimated 4.4 percent of U.S. adults have experienced bipolarism over the course of their lives.

This condition causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels and ability to do everyday tasks. There are four levels of bipolarism that are diagnosable, each person's symptoms varying in range and degree.

There is a lot of stigma surrounding bipolarism. Those who are bipolar sometimes feel guilty or shameful.

Increasing, there is no reason for shame in either seeking treatment or discussing the condition. Bipolarism can occur in anyone.

And it does.

But he's one of many celebrities who live and manage bipolarism. Click below to check out our list of famous celebrities who have been diagnosed and openly discuss the condition..

2. Mariah Carey

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In 2018, Mariah Carey disclosed her bipolar II disorder and how fear of stigma held her back for years from treatment or being open about it.

 

3. Carrie Fisher

Princess Leia Organa herself struggled with bipolarism until her death in 2016. Carrie Fisher was a leading proponent of being candid about it.

In 1987, Fisher released her novel, Postcards from the Edge, and opened up about her drug overdose and living with her condition. Her openness makes her an inspiration to us all.

 

4. Demi Lovato

The actress/singer checked herself into rehab after touring early in her career. Now, she continues to make music and speaks about her struggles with bipolarism.

 

5. Scott Stapp

In 2015, the Creed frontman revealed he was bipolar after having a break the year prior.

"I was hallucinating," he told People. "I drove around the United States for a month, following an angel that I saw on the hood of my car. In my delusional thinking, I thought my family was involved in ISIS, and that millions of dollars had been taken from me to support terrorism. All of it was nonsense. I was out of my mind."

"There's a stigma associated with it," the 44-year-old singer added. "But [my wife] Jaclyn kept telling me, 'Embrace it. We love you.' It became a big sign of relief, because finally, we had an answer."

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