Sunday, 17 August 2014

Famous People with Mental Illness

Below is a list of (more than) a few famous people  who've suffered from mental conditions, particularly Major Depression or Bipolar Disorder.

To my observations, this spans people in all walks of life, from Film stars to Politicians, Sportspersons, Writers and Philosophers. Mental illness is thus quite pervasive, and more common than we often think.

Abraham Lincoln
Agatha Christie
Alanis Morissette
Alastair Campbell
Alicia Keys
Amanda Bynes
Amanda Peet
Amanda Seyfried
Amy Winehouse
Angelina Jolie
Anne Hathaway
Ashley Judd
Audrey Hepburn
Axl Rose

Barbra Streisand
Ben Stiller
Beyonce Knowles
Billy Joel
Bob Dylan
Brad Pitt
Britney Spears
Brooke Shields
Bruce Springsteen
Buzz Aldrin

Carrie Fisher
Catherine Zeta-Jones
Charles Darwin
Charles Dickens
Christian Bale
Christina Ricci
Courtney Love
David Letterman
Demi Lovato

Drew Barrymore
Drew Carey

Eric Clapton
Ernest Hemingway
Eva Longoria
Ewan McGregor

F. Scott Fitzgerald
Friedrich Nietzsche

George Michael
Gwen Stefani
Gweneth Paltrow

Halle Berry
Harrison Ford
Heath Ledger
Hermann Hesse

Isaac Asimov
Isaac Newton

Janet Jackson
Jim Carrey
JK Rowling
John Claude Van Damme
John Denver
John Lennon
John Nash
Jon Bon Jovi
Jonathan Trott
J.P. Morgan

Katie Price
Kim Basinger
Kirsten Dunst
Kurt Cobain
Kylie Minogue

LeAnn Rimes
Leo Tolstoy
Ludwig Boltzmann
Ludvig van Beethoven

Mandy Moore
Marcus Trescothick
Marilyn Monroe
Mark Twain
Marlon Brando
Matthew Perry
Mel C
Mel Gibson
Michael Focault
Mike Tyson

Natalie Imbruglia
Nicole Kidman

Oprah Winfrey
Oscar Wilde
Ozzy Osbourne

Paul Gascoigne
Princess Diana

Queen Victoria

Ray Charles
Reese Witherspoon
Rick Springfield
Robbie Williams
Robert Oppenheimer
Robin Williams
Ronnie O'Sullivan

Sheryl Crow
Sigmund Freud
Sinead O'Connor
Stephen Fry
Stephen King
Syd Barrett

Trent Reznor

Uma Thurman
Vincent van Gogh

Virginia Woolf

William Blake
Winona Ryder
Winston Churchill
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Woody Allen

Yves Saint Laurent

Zach Braff

Surprised? Relieved? Do share your thoughts below.

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Summertime sadness

11:09 13/07/2014
Everything is what it is, and will be. Life is cool in the summers, hot in the winters. There's a lot of party, life is a reason to celebrate, be close to loved ones, cherish, share. Life goes on, smooth, unimpeded, without much challenge, notwithstanding the occasional hiccup that in the long run seems part of the design. Life is a pop song.. I hate pop. It takes a lot to love, to share. It's life's essence, its nectar they say.  The inventory of emotions repeats itself, the acute and the blunt ones, even boredom. It peaks and troughs, and cycles around again with some noise. Noise keeps us alive, guessing, curious. Sleep is fun.. it simulates all of this drama quicker, more efficiently, without the loss of energy, and it's so real. Food is good as well, unquestioned comfort and joy.