Here's a list of well known people, past and present,who suffered from mental disturbance. [KEY: H = Psychiatric hospital]
WRITERS Hans Christian Andersen, Honore de Balzac, James Barrie, William Faulkner (H), F. Scott Fitzgerald (H), Ernest Hemingway (H), Hermann Hesse (H), Henrik Ibsen, Henry James, William James, Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain), Joseph Conrad, Charles Dickens, Isak Dinesen, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Herman Melville, Eugene O'Neill (H), Mary Shelley, Robert Louis Stevenson, Leo Tolstoy, Tennessee Williams (H), Mary Wollstonecraft, Virginia Woolf (H)
COMPOSERS Hector Berlioz, Anton Bruckner (H), George Frederic Handel, Gustav Holst, Charles Ives, Gustav Mahler, Modest Mussorgsky, Sergey Rachmaninoff, Giocchino Rossini, Robert Schumann (H), Alexander Scriabin, Peter Tchaikovsky
NONCLASSICAL COMPOSERS AND MUSICIANS Irving Berlin (H), Noel Coward, Stephen Foster, Charles Mingus (H), Charles Parker (H), Cole Porter (H)
POETS William Blake, Robert Burns, George Gordon, Lord Byron, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Hart Crane, Emily Dickinson, T.S. Eliot (H), Oliver Goldsmith, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Victor Hugo, Samuel Johnson, John Keats, Vachel Lindsay, James Russell Lowell, Robert Lowell (H), Edna St. Vincent Millay (H), Boris Pasternak (H), Sylvia Plath (H), Edgar Allan Poe, Ezra Pound (H), Anne Sexton (H), Percy Bysshe Shelley, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Dylan Thomas, Walt Whitman
ARTISTS Richard Dadd (H), Thomas Eakins, Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh (H), Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (H), Edward Lear, Michelangelo, Edvard Meunch (H), Georgia O'Keeffe (H), George Romney, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Charley Pride (musician)
Confirmed Bipolars (still living) Johnny McEvoy, Idi Amin, former dictator; Patty Duke (Anna Pearce), actor, writer; Connie Francis, actor, musician; Peter Gabriel, musician; Charles Haley, athlete (Dallas Cowboys); Kristy McNichols, actor; Spike Milligan, comic actor; Abigail Padgett, mystery writer; Murray Pezim, financier (Canada); Axl Rose, musician; Ted Turner, entrepreneur, media giant (U.S.); Robin Williams, actor, comedian
Confirmed Unipolars (still living) Roseanne Arnold, actor, writer, comedienne (also has Multiple personality disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder); Dick Cavett, writer, media personality; Tony Dow, actor, director; Kitty Dukakis, Massachusetts first lady; William Styron, writer; James Taylor, musician; Mike Wallace, news anchor.