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9 Celebs Balancing Bipolar Disorder With Working in Hollywood

by Ericka Sóuter November 13, 2012 at 8:34 PM
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Jesse Jackson, Jr.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR Ericka Sóuter

is a veteran pop culture and celeb news writer. That experience boils down to two things: she knows way too much about the Kardashians and she dominates on Trivial Pursuit's arts and entertainment questions.

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November 14, 2012 at 8:36 AM
As far as Jackson, Jr., I thought it was pretty much common knowledge that his "illness" was cooked up to keep him out of the pokey for embezzlement...? If he is legitimately suffering, I obviously feel compassion for him, BUT bipolar isn't funny, it isn't an excuse for criminal behavior, and it isn't a get out of jail free card to be played by entitled little shits with superiority complexes and egomaniacal, racist fathers. It is real, it is fraught with personal angst and societal stigma, and it is a painful challenge for legitimate sufferers and the people who love them.
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Nonmember comment from Nicole
November 14, 2012 at 12:08 PM
Amber Portwood? I guess I didn't realize she was a celebrity.
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1ofeachplus
November 15, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Mel Gibson?  Love him, but I guess I didn't realize that he was "balanced"...:)

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Nonmember comment from Wojak
November 18, 2012 at 6:39 PM
All these people have big bucks and insurance.
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Nonmember comment from Blood Red
November 18, 2012 at 8:24 PM
You forgot about Billy Bob Thornton. If I'm not mistaken, he's bipolar and has credited Angelina Jolie, his Ex-Wife, to helping him through it.
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Nonmember comment from kris
November 19, 2012 at 5:14 PM
SO Bi polar is the new disease ppl cry when saying something inflammatory?
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Nonmember comment from Cahill
November 19, 2012 at 9:00 PM
Thank you Catherine for keeping this out there. I go for the negative too by nature. My bipolar is Bipolar 1, more mania some depression. Only 1% has this, so I like to tell people I'm part of the "one percent." It's also the most dangerous diagnosis. I had a break at 21 & 22, I'm 57 now, have good doctors and feel pretty safe about it. These days I'm rather a drug guinea pig. Seeing you and Carrie Fisher is the best.
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Nonmember comment from Cahill
November 19, 2012 at 9:59 PM
How about "balancing" real comments about bipolar disorder with real people who have it? I was quoted in TIME magazine asking Carrie Fisher a question. If you don't have this you'll never get what it is . It can't be faked, like you fake concern for the subject.
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Nonmember comment from Desertfox
May 12, 2013 at 11:36 AM
Jesse Jackson Jr and Amber aren't "celebrities." Patty Duke, Vivien Leigh, Ben Stiller, Linda Hamilton, Maurice Benard (for anyone that watches Daytime Soaps), Sinéad O'Connor, Jane Pauley, Marilyn Monroe, Richard Dreyfuss, Russell Brand, Stephen Fry, Macy Gray, Michael Angelakos, Lark Voohries, Sting, these are legit celebs that have been diagnosed as having some form of Bipolar Disorder. Many of them were diagnosed before Bipolar became the buzz word and go to excuse for bad behavior. As someone that deals with it, I know that it's often misunderstood. And it's great to have famous people out there helping to put a face to a disorder not many people understand. However, Jesse and Amber, definitely not people I want to be spokespeople n my behalf.
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April 20 at 7:45 AM

Marilyn wasn't bipolar. She had borderline personality disorder.

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