1Composer Ludwig van Beethoven
Beethoven became deaf at an early age. He also suffered intermittently during his life with bouts of serious fever and headaches.
Sadly, as he got older,the disease began to affect him more and more. He often pondered suicide, a common symptom of bipolar disorder. He also went through a pessimistic emotional period, which had a negative impact on the output of his compositions. There was a degradation in his manners as well as his personal appearance, which are all symptoms of depression (caused by bipolar disorder) which caused him to have rough relationships because of his unstable arguments and delusions. (Source)
2Painter Vincent Van Gogh
Van Gogh experienced depression and moments of bipolar emotions, a situation which led him to act hostile and aggressive at times. He could sit and write for long hours, which explains his 800 letters to his brother which are used today for explaining his work. The belief that depression was the force behind his art, coupled with these characteristics, affirms that he suffered from bipolar disorder.
Van Gogh also suffered other illnesses, which may have contributed to his depression. He was born with a brain lesion, which was exacerbated by his use of a drug designed to improve the perception of some bright colors, resulting in epileptic seizures. To relieve the epilepsy and depression, he often drank alcohol, which worsened his epilepsy.
He died due to an infection from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. (Source)
3French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte
However, Napoleon was believed to have suffered from bipolar disorder due to his aggressiveness and moodiness, though there is not enough evidence to support this belief. His extreme intelligence might also be attributed to bipolar disorder, as many believe there is a connection between being bipolar and possessing high intelligence. (Source)
4Rock Star Elvis Presley
However, his destructive and abusinive behavior has led experts to declare that Elvis was suffering from bipolar disorder. Another element of Elvis' life that coincides with the definition of bipolar disorder was his extremely active sex life.
Many psychologists place Elvis' chronic depression, drug abuse, and eating disorder into the category of a personality disorder, saying the rock star was not aware of how serious his condition really was. (Source)
5 Actor and Director Jean-Claude Van Damme
Jean-Claude Van Damme started using cocaine in 1995 during the filming of Sudden Death. He entered a month-long rehabilitation program in 1996 but left after only one week. He was spending up to $10,000 a week on cocaine.
Following the filming of the 1998 film Knock Off, Van Damme was diagnosed with rapid cycling bipolar disorder after becoming suicidal, so he began treatment with the mood stabilizer Sodium Valproate. In 1997, after finishing divorce procedures for his fourth marriage, his health improved dramatically. (Source)
6American Singer and Songwriter Axl Rose
Later, by medical recommendation, Rose participated in an anger management program which included lithium ingestion. (Source)
7Actor and Comedian Jim Carrey
Later, he would suffer from depression even at the peak of his success. He later admitted to a newspaper that depression was the motivation behind the comedies that he produced. As a result, many specialists attributed his depression to bipolar disorder, so he was put on the anti-depressant drug Prozac, which he used for a long time. Fortunately, Carrey managed to get off the Prozac and now resorts to faith to deal with his depression and disorders. (Source)
8Actor and Director Ben Stiller
However, in two interviews in November and December 2006, Stiller claimed that earlier comments about the disorder were false and that he just was kidding. Uh, oh! Is that another symptom of bipolar disorder? (Source)
9 Actress Catherine Zeta-Jones
10Billionaire Ted Turner