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10 Celebrity Parents Who Have Struggled With Bipolar Disorder (Photos)

Catherine Zeta-Jones Recently Was Diagnosed

Bipolar Disorder can take quite a toll on not just the person who is inflicted with the mental illness but on those around them, especially their families. But fortunately there is a lot of help out there for those suffering from the severe mood swings that bipolar disorder brings.

Over two million Americans have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, so it is pretty common. And included in that two million is, of course, a fair share of celebrities.

Here are ten actors and actresses (all moms and dads) who have been public in their struggle with being bipolar.

(at left: Catherine Zeta-Jones made headlines when she was recently diagnosed with bipolar disorder).


  • Britney Spears 1 of 9
    Britney Spears
    Britney made headlines with her manic behavior and at one point had to be hospitalized for her disorder.
  • Ben Stiller 2 of 9
    Ben Stiller
    He said of his issues, "I have not been an easygoing guy. I think it's called bipolar manic depression. I've got a rich history of that in my family."
  • Pete Wentz 3 of 9
    Pete Wentz
    Has taken medicine for his bipolar condition since he was 18.
  • Carrie Fisher 4 of 9
    Carrie Fisher
    She was first diagnosed when she was a teen. She once said, "I'm fine, but I'm bipolar. I'm on seven medications, and I take medication three times a day. This constantly puts me in touch with the illness I have. I'm never quite allowed to be free of that for a day. It's like being a diabetic."
  • Sting 5 of 9
    Sting
    "I was manic-depressive and I just wasn't chemically balanced enough to enjoy it. I was out to lunch." Although not an official diagnosis, he believed he once had issues.
  • Mel Gibson 6 of 9
    Mel Gibson
    He has been very public in his diagnosis of having bipolar disorder.
  • Margot Kidder 7 of 9
    Margot Kidder
    She had a headline grabbing manic episode back in 1996, but now has it under control. Kidder refers to her condition as "my monsters".
  • Jim Carrey 8 of 9
    Jim Carrey
    His ups and downs aren't just for the big screen.
  • Linda Hamilton 9 of 9
    Linda Hamilton
    On the Larry King Show in 2005 Linda admitted that she had bipolar disorder and she blamed it for destroying her first marriage.
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Photos: PR Photos

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