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Friday, September 12, 2014

Famous People with Mental Illness

Do you think these famous, creative people are rather crazy?  In fact they are.  Many of them have mental illness from borderline personality to server schizophrenia.  This following list show some of these people in several mental disorder categories.

Schizophrenic disorders (and other cognitive psychoses):

Scientists: T. Brahe, Cantor, Copernicus, Descartes, Faraday, W. R. Hamilton, Kepler, Lagrange, Linnaeus, Newton, Pascal, Semmelweis, Weierstrass, H. Wells.

Thinkers: Kant, Nietzsche, Swedenborg.

Writers: Baudelaire, Lewis Carroll, Hawthorne, Hölderlin, S. Johnson, Pound, Rimbaud, Strindberg, Swift.

Artists: Bosch, Cellini, Dürer, Goya, El Greco, Kandinsky, Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, Toulouse-Lautrec.

Composers: Donizetti, MacDowell, F. Mendelssohn, Rimsky-Korsakov, Saint-Saëns.

Others: M. Barrymore, de Sade, Goebbels, Herod the Great, Joan of Arc, Nero, Nijinsky, Shaka.

Affective disorders (depression, mania, or bipolar):

Scientists: Boltwood, Boltzmann, Carothers, C. Darwin, L. De Forest, J. F. W. Herschel, Julian Huxley, T. H. Huxley, Jung, Kammerer, J. R. von Mayer, V. Meyer, H. J. Muller, J. P. Müller, B. V. Schmidt, J. B. Watson.

Thinkers: W. James, J. S. Mill, Rousseau, Sabbatai Zevi, Schopenhauer.

Writers: Balzac, Barrie, Berryman, Blake, Boswell, V. W. Brooks, Byron, Chatterton, J. Clare, Coleridge, William Collins, Conrad, Cowper, H. Crane, Dickens, T. Dreiser, R. Fergusson, F. S. Fitzgerald, Frost, Goethe, G. Greene, Hemingway, Jarrell, Kafka, C. Lamb, J. London, R. Lowell, de Maupassant, E. O’Neill, Plath, Poe, Quiroga, Roethke, D. G. Rossetti, Saroyan, Schiller, Sexton, P. B. Shelley, C. Smart, T. Tasso, V. Woolf.

Artists: Michelangelo, Modigliani, Pollock, Raphael, Rothko, R. Soyer, Van Gogh.

Composers: Berlioz, Chopin, Elgar, Gershwin, Handel, Mahler, Rachmaninoff, Rossini, R. Schumann,
Scriabin, Smetana, Tchaikovsky, Wolf.

Others: C. Borgia, Clive, O. Cromwell, A. Davis, J. Garland.

Personality disorders (including severe neuroses):

Scientists: Ampère, Cavendish, A. S. Couper, Diesel, Einstein, Frege, S. Freud, Galton, Heaviside, Huygens, Marconi, Mendel.

Thinkers: J. Austin, Beccaria, Comte, Descartes, Hegel, Hobbes, Hume, Kierkegaard, B. Russell, Spencer, Voltaire, Wittgenstein.

Writers: H. C. Andersen, E. B. Browning, R. Browning, Bunyan, Carlyle, Dickinson, Dostoevski, T. S. Eliot, Emerson, Flaubert, García Lorea, Gide, Allen Ginsberg, Gogol, Heine, G. M. Hopkins, A. Huxley, W. M. Inge, Melville, Pavese, Proust, S. Richardson, Rimbaud, Ruskin, Tennyson, de Tocqueville, Tolstoy, Verlaine, T. Williams, Zola.

Artists: Borromini, Bramante, Caravaggio, Cézanne, C. Chanel, Munch, Romney.

Composers: Beethoven, Bruckner, O. de Lasso, Schubert, Wagner.

Performers: S. Bernhardt, J. Dean, W. C. Fields, C. Gable, C. Grant, J. Joplin, M. Monroe, B. Powell.

Leaders: C. Barton, Bismarck, W. Churchill, M. B. Eddy, Göring, A. Gramsci, A. Hamilton, Hitler, H. Hughes, A. Krupp, H. Lee, R. E. Lee, Lincoln, Luther, Mussolini, Napoleon, Nightingale, Nixon, T. Roosevelt, W. Wilson, M. Wollstonecraft.


Ryckman, R. M. (2013). Theories of personality (10th ed.). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.

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