Mental illness has become a serious disease nowadays. The most common reasons for it are continuous depression, restlessness, sadness, boring and dull lifestyle etc. Also the challenges of life, physical trauma, and genetic disorders also become the reason of mental illness. This leads the victim to act badly with the individuals around. The celebrities have also suffered with mental illness. Let us today check the list of top 10 celebrities who struggled with mental illness.
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10. Darrell Hammond
Darrell is an outstanding ‘Saturday Night Live’. For many years, he suffered from atrocious mental and physical illness because he was much abused from his parents. It is reported that his mom slammed his fingers in car doors, and struck him with her high heels. This led him undergo medical treatment. He admits that years of self-mutilation and addiction stem from his bad experiences of life.
9. Herschel Walker
University of Georgia’s sensational footballer, Herschel Walker is the winner of the Heisman Trophy in 1982. Three years later, he set a single-season rushing record of 2,411 yards playing for the USFL. He has been known for his amazing gaming skills. This star was diagnosed with dissociative identity disorder after he retired. His continuous efforts led him become a mental patient.
8. Peter Green
Peter Green was the founder and first guitarist for Fleetwood Mac. He left the band in 1970. He had donated all his cash and belongings, and did a simple job. He has long struggled with schizophrenia brought on by drug use. His lonely life led him become mentally ill, so Peter spent many years in mental institutions and received electroconvulsive therapy as treatment. Continuous and proper treatment and medicines helped him a lot.
7. Buzz Aldrin
Astronaut Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin is known the world over for his 1969 Apollo 11 mission to the Moon. After his retirement in 1972, depression and alcoholism tore his life apart. Aldrin remained at a psychiatric hospital for two years. He was diagnosed for mental disorders. He gave divorce to his wife in 1974 and checked into rehab for alcoholism.
6. Anne Heche
With the title of her book ‘Call Me Crazy’, Anne Heche has dared us to think creatively. She is known for her performance in films such as Donnie Brasco, and I Know What You Did Last Summer. Unfortunately, Anne’s life didn’t remain as glamorous as it was, because she was sexually abused by her father in her childhood. As a result, she developed a secondary personality named Celestia. Heche heard voices and experienced visions for many years. She received psychiatric treatment.
5. Bettie Page
Bettie Page posed well for her first pinup calendar in 1947. She is a spectacular fashion model. By January, 1955, she earned a lot of fame and made huge amounts. She has long suffered from mental illness, and depression. Also, it is said that Bettie lived in poverty in her childhood. She has stay at the Patton State asylum for about two years. She was diagnosed with acute paranoid schizophrenia. In 1982, she tried to commit suicide, so was admitted to the Patton State Hospital.
4. Gary Busey
Oscar-nominated for ‘The Buddy Holly Story’, Gary Busey has lived a successful life. He has always been known for his amazing performance. His over-the-top behavior led him live alone. He used drugs heavily, and suffered from a cocaine overdose in 1995. He also suffered from serious brain damage. In 2008, Busey joined the second season of Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew.
3. Camille Claudel
Born in 1864, French sculptor Camille Claudel has been known for her existence in a world of art and intrigue. She studied under Auguste Rodin at the age of 19. They got intimate, and she became his muse. Claudel’s romantic relationship with Rodin ended in 1898. She has long suffered from mental illness due to this broken relationship. She died in 1943.
2. Margot Kidder
Known for her role as Lois Lane opposite Christopher Reeve, Canadian Margot Kidder has been a successful television celebrity for years. She has struggled with manic depression and addiction. Also, a car crash in 1990 left her partially paralyzed and bankrupt. In 1996, she was sent to hospital. She underwent several toxicology tests, and is now living an ordinary life.
1. Vivien Leigh
Vivien Leigh is best known for her Academy Award–winning performance as Scarlett O’Hara in Gone with the Wind. It is due to her mental disorder that she was left behind the race of fame in 1944. She had a serious miscarriage, and suffered from Bipolar disorder, insomnia, tuberculosis, and alcoholism over time. She was then sent to the hospital where she received electroconvulsive therapy.
The above incidents make us believe that the celebrities also need rest and should take care of their health. Am I right?