Famous People Who Had Mental Illnesses or Severe Phobias

Over the years, great playwrights, artists, and novelists have suffered from mental illnesses and phobias. Hence, there is a theory that links creativity and mental illness. While it is yet to be proved that mental illness plays a significant role in boosting creativity, there is no denying the fact that famous people mentioned in the list below had mental illnesses or severe phobias.

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Also Known As: Vivian Mary Hartley
Birthday: 05 November 1913
Born In: Darjeeling, Bengal Presidency, British India
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died On: 08 July 1967
Famous As: Actress

Famous actress Vivien Leigh suffered from bipolar disorder. She fell into a deep depression when she had a miscarriage while filming 'Caesar and Cleopatra' (1945).


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Also Known As: H. C. Andersen
Birthday: 02 April 1805
Born In: Odense
Sun Sign: Aries
Died On: 04 August 1875

It is believed that famous Danish author Hans Christian Andersen suffered from bipolar disorder. While studying at school, he was depressed and suffered from dyslexia.


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Also Known As: Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock
Birthday: 13 August 1899
Born In: Leytonstone, London, United Kingdom
Sun Sign: Leo
Died On: 29 April 1980
Famous As: Film Director

Alfred Hitchcock had a lifelong fear of police. His fear of law enforcement stemmed from an incident where his father sent him to the local police station where he was locked up in a cell at the age of five for being naughty.


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Birthday: 11 May 1904
Born In: Figueres
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died On: 23 January 1989
Famous As: Surrealist Painter

Salvador Dalí was known for his eccentric personality and surreal paintings. His behavior was often perceived as very odd. At the end of his life, Salvador developed Parkinson’s.


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Also Known As: Antoine Marie Joseph Artaud
Birthday: 04 September 1896
Born In: Marseille, France
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died On: 04 March 1948
Famous As: Dramatist, Poet, Essayist, Actor, & Theatre Director

Early in his life, Antonin Artaud was discharged from the French Army due to mental instability and addiction to laudanum. At the age of 19, he suffered a nervous breakdown, which marked the beginning of his mental illness.