FAQ Part 5 of 5

Part 5 of 5

**Famous People**
– Who
are some famous people who suffer from depression and bipolar

**Internet Resources**
– What are some
electronic resources on the internet related to

**Anonymous Posting**
– How can I post anonymously to

– Sources

– Contributors

Famous People

Q. Who are some famous people who suffer from
depression and bipolar

This list represents a
few of the famous people included in a list posted to a.s.d. on a
periodic basis. Much of it is taken from the book by Kay Redfield
Jamison, “Touched With Fire; Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic
Temperament.” The Free Press (Macmillan), New York, 1993. Used without
permission, but with intent to educate, and not for profit. Please send
updates (or additions) to

is meant to be an illustrative rather than a comprehensive list… Most
of the writers, composers, and artists are American, British, European,
Irish, or Russian; all are deceased… Many if not most of these
writers, artists, and composers had other major problems as well, such
as medical illnesses, alcoholism or drug addiction, or exceptionally
difficult life circumstances. They are listed here as having suffered
from a mood disorder because their mood symptoms predated their other
conditions, because the nature and course of their mood and behavior
symptoms were consistent with    a diagnosis of an
independently existing affective illness, and/or because their family
histories of depression, manic-depressive illness, and suicide–coupled
with their own symptoms–were sufficiently strong to warrant their
inclusion.” (from Touched With Fire…)

H  =
Asylum or psychiatric hospital
S  = Suicide
SA = Suicide

**WRITERS:** Hans Christian Andersen, Honore de
Balzac, James Barrie, William Faulkner (H), F. Scott Fitzgerald (H),
Ernest Hemingway (H, S), Hermann Hesse (H, SA), Henrik Ibsen, Henry
James, William James, Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain), Joseph Conrad (SA),
Charles Dickens, Isak Dinesen (SA), Ralph Waldo Emerson, Herman
Melville, Eugene O’Neill (H, SA), Mary Shelley, Robert Louis Stevenson,
Leo Tolstoy, Tennessee Williams (H), Mary Wollstonecraft (SA),
Virginia Woolf (H, S)

**COMPOSERS:** Hector Berlioz (SA), Anton
Bruckner (H), George Frederic Handel, Gustav Holst, Charles Ives,
Gustav Mahler, Modest Mussorgsky, Sergey Rachmaninoff, Giocchino
Rossini, Robert Schumann (H, SA), Alexander Scriabin, Peter Tchaikovsky

Coward, Stephen Foster, Charles Mingus (H), Charles Parker (H, SA),
Cole Porter (H)

**POETS:** William Blake, Robert Burns, George
Gordon, Lord Byron, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Hart Crane (S) , Emily
Dickinson, T.S. Eliot (H), Oliver Goldsmith, Gerard Manley Hopkins,
Victor Hugo, Samuel Johnson, John Keats, Vachel Lindsay (S), James
Russell Lowell, Robert Lowell (H), Edna St. Vincent Millay (H), Boris
Pasternak (H), Sylvia Plath (H, S), Edgar Allan Poe (SA), Ezra Pound
(H), Anne Sexton (H, S), Percy Bysshe Shelley (SA), Alfred, Lord
Tennyson, Dylan Thomas,    Walt Whitman

Richard Dadd (H), Thomas Eakins, Paul Gauguin (SA), Vincent van Gogh
(H, S), Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (H, S), Edward Lear, Michelangelo, Edvard
Meunch (H), Georgia O’Keeffe (H), George Romney, Dante Gabriel
Rossetti (SA)

**Confirmed Bipolars (still living):** 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 Mulligan, comic
actor; Abigail Padgett, mystery writer; Murray Pezim, financier
(Canada); Charley Pride, musician; 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

Internet Resources

Q. What are some electronic resources on the internet related to

This list is a shortened version of one compiled
and maintained by Sylvia Caras. It is posted periodically to
ThisIsCrazy-L (see below for subscription information) If you would
like to suggest additions for this list, contact
<> To suggest additions to this list for the FAQ, send them to

* News groups:

Internet Health Resources is an extensive listing of medical resources
available over the internet.
cd pub/hmatrix

get file medlst03.txt or

* An FTP site at
Temple University containing articles related to depression

* ThisIsCrazy is an electronic
action and information letter for people who experience moods swings,
fright, voices, and visions (People Who). To subscribe, send a message
to with this command in the body of the message:
subscribe ThisIsCrazy-L

* Pendulum is a mailing list for
people diagnosed with bipolar mood disorder (manic depression) and
related disorders and their supporters, and some professionals. To
subscribe to pendulum, send a message to
containing the line subscribe pendulum

* Walkers-in-Darkness
is a list for people diagnosed with various depressive disorders
(unipolar, atypical, and bipolar depression, S.A.D., related
disorders). The list also includes sufferers of panic attacks and
Borderline Personality Disorder. Please, no  researchers trying to
study us, etc. (Postings are copyrighted by individual posters.)

To subscribe to walkers or walkers-digest, send a message to containing the line “subscribe walkers” or,
for the digest, “subscribe walkers-digest”. There is an anonymous FTP
site at in ~/pub/walkers, that includes a technical FAQ.

* To subscribe to the Mailbase list psychiatry send the command
SUBSCRIBE psychiatry <your name> to

Q. How can I post anonymously to

For more information, consult the Privacy & Anonymity on the
Internet FAQ, posted regularly to sci.crypt, comp.society.privacy, and


Depression: What you need to know, National Institute of Mental Heath.
By Marilyn Sargent. Office of Scientific Information National Institute
of Mental Health

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental
Disorders. The DSM stands for the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of
Mental Disorders. It is published by the American Psychiatric
Association. The latest version is the DSM-III-R (1987). For reference,
the DSM-III was published in 1980. The first edition of this manual was
published in 1952, and the second edition in 1968. The fourth edition
(DSM-IV) is currently in press and should be available this summer. It
is used by the vast    majority of psychologists and mental
health professionals in the United States of America as a diagnostic
tool. Psychiatrists and professionals outside of the U.S. will often use
a diagnostic system called ICD-9, which differs in many respects from
the DSM.


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