A Beautiful Mind

This website is a cool little stop in the wide, wide Web for people who want to find out generic facts on bipolar disorder like treatments, diagnoses, and other things.

One of their features is a list of “famous people with bipolar.” Interestingly, the site has a separate list of celebrities the authors can only guess at having the disorder, given that some of these people are dead and a lot of living ones don’t tend to speak publicly about their mental illnesses (likely due to the bad PR they’d receive).

They’ve split the list into these categories for easier reading:

  • Musicians and Artists
  • Entertainers: TV and Movies
  • Writers, Authors, and Poets
  • World of Sports and Miscellaneous
  • Politics and Business

Curious, I did a quick count of the participants, separating by field of work.

Number of people in subjective, people-centered fields like politics and the arts?
199.

Number of people in the sciences and maths?
7.

Hooray for the specific genius of the mind!

Author: Cassandra Stout

Freelance writer Cassandra Stout blogs weekly at the award-winning Bipolar Parent, a comprehensive resource for parents with mental illnesses. She also blogs monthly at the International Bipolar Foundation website (IPBF.org). Her work has been published in the anthology, How the Light Gets In. Cassandra holds degrees from the University of Arizona in Creative Writing and Journalism. She has been a judge for the Pacific Northwest Writers' Association literary contest for nine years, where her memoir, Committed, recently placed as a finalist. She balances her literary work with raising her children, feeding her cat, and managing her bipolar disorder.

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