Bipolar disorder sufferers: you”re not alone. Bipolar disorders I and II are mood-influencing mental disorders affecting almost 5 million Americans. We commend these brave stars who have publicly shared their struggle with bipolar disorder.
(actress) The Disney star had her own problems that came to a head at the end of 2010 when she checked into rehab. Lovato stated, “I had no idea that I was even bipolar until I went into treatment.” And as recently reported by The Inquisitr, Lovato has said about her continued battle, “It’s going to be a daily battle and I’m not going to be perfect, but…if I can make it through the day, that’s all that matters.”
Catherine Zeta-Jones (actress) In 2010, her husband Michael Douglass was diagnosed with cancer, and in 2011 Catherine checked into rehab. According to reports, “After dealing with the stress of the past year, Catherine made the decision to check in to a mental health facility for a brief stay to treat her bipolar II disorder.”
Carrie Fisher (actress) The “Star Wars” beauty has her own struggle with the “dark side.” “When I was about 24, I had a doctor tell me I was hypomanic,” Fisher recalls. “He said I should go on lithium. I didn”t believe him. I thought he was trying to get rid of me….To my recollection, which may or may not be that reliable, I wasn”t diagnosed again until I overdosed at 28,” adds Fisher. Fisher is now determined to help others avoid the mistakes she made and advocates prompt treatment of the disorder.
Sinead O’Connor (singer) O”Connor rose to prominence in the “90s, made international celebrity when she famously tore a picture of the Pope in half on Saturday Night Live. Explaining her 2003 bipolar diagnosis, O”Connor said, “It explained a lot about being angry, fighting with people, being suicidal. And often with anger what”s behind it is grief. Did you ever see this creepy cowboy movie, and at the end the guy was shot from behind and a huge hole is blown through his back – that”s how I used to feel. I felt like I was walking round the world with a huge hole in me. And within a day of taking the medication, I felt the cement had come and filled in the hole.”
Linda Hamilton (actress) Terminator star had many hurdles to overcome before she could find happiness. Hamilton remembered, “I would say 20 full years of symptoms, not counting my childhood. From 20 to 40. I call them my lost years.” Hamilton recalled, “About 10 years ago, when I really was crashing and burning, had spent many years, not only looking for the answers but sort of self-medicating with drugs and alcohol as well, and was struggling to keep my marriages intact. It was at that point that someone wouldn’t let me out of his office. He said, “You are so seriously bipolar. You should not leave this office without me calling your primary physician and we need to get you on medicine.””
Jean-Claude Van Damme (Action star) Action star Jean-Claude Van Damme tried to find other ways to treat his problem, explaining, “[I was] compensating for [then-undiagnosed] manic-depressive disease with training. When I didn”t train for a couple of days, I felt so low and nothing could make me happy.”