Top Ten Famous People with Schizophrenia

Ananya

The Top Ten

1 Vincent van Gogh Vincent van Gogh Vincent Willem van Gogh (30 March 1853 – 29 July 1890) was a Dutch Post-Impressionist painter who is among the most famous and influential figures in the history of Western art. ...read more.

Yes...he was schizophrenic, This amazing artist lived in a time when schizophrenia had not been identified as a disorder, but many medical experts believe that he suffered from it. He suffered from unstable mood swings and a very eccentric personality that led 150 doctors to hypothesize a posthumous diagnoses, he had recurring psychotic episodes in the last 2 yrs of his life and at the age of 37...he committed suicide by shooting himself in the chest with a revolver... - Ananya

2 John Nash John Nash

Nobel laureate in Economics...Nobel prize winning mathematician, had it too.
His beautiful book and movie " A beautiful Mind " ( WHICH I LOVE A LOT! ).
He suffered from delusions of persecutions later in his career, the thought govt. Agents were after him. - Ananya

3 Brian Wilson Brian Wilson Brian Douglas Wilson is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer best known for being the multi-tasking leader and co-founder of the Beach Boys.

He had a stormy childhood, which led to years of battling drug and alcohol abuse and mental illness...After his father died in 1973, addiction and illness took a turn for the worse and spent nearly 2 years secluded in the chauffeurs's quarters of his home, with sleeping, abusing alcohol, taking drugs, overeating, and self destructive behavior. He attempted to drive his vehicle off a cliff, and at another time, demanded that he be pushed and buried into a grave he had dug in his backyard, his voice deteriorated significantly as a result of mass consumption of alcohol and cocaine and chain smoking. He also admitted to having auditory hallucinations and he has been diagnosed with schizophrenia. Wilson revived his career in 1990s. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988, and was honored by the Kennedy center in 2007 for lifetime achievement. - Ananya

4 Syd Barrett Syd Barrett Roger Keith Barrett was an English musician, composer, singer, songwriter, and painter. Best known as a founder member of the band Pink Floyd, Barrett was the lead singer, guitarist and principal songwriter in its early years and is credited with naming the band.

He's such an awesome person. - Zizz

His mother claimed that he was born without mental illness, but his psychiatrist was also loathed by his townspeople. - Caleb9000

He left the Band in 1968 while many stories of having mental illness during his hard drug abuse.He eventually suffered a severe burnout and a cut out all social aspects of his life while remaining in constant isolation.With time Barett stopped contributing to music and wouldn't like people to mention his past with Pink Floyd - Ananya

5 James Gordon James Gordon

Many consider him of the greatest drummers of all time during the golden years of rock N' roll ( 1960s - 1970s ).He was an American recording artist, musician and songwriter.He is a Grammy award winner. In 1983, He was classified as living with Schizophrenia following the murder of his Mother. At the trial, the court accepted that he had acute schizophrenia, but the was not allowed to use an instantly because of changed of California law due to the Insanity Defense Reform Act. He was sentenced to 16 years to life in prison, he was eligible for parole in 1992, but parole has been denied several times. At a 2005 hearing he claimed his mother was still alive. In 2014, he declined to attend his hearing and was denied parole until 2018. A L.A Attorney stated at the hearing that he was still "seriously psychologically incapacitated" and " a danger when he was not taking his medication ". He is serving his sentence at the California Medical Facility, a medical and psychiatric prison in ...more - Ananya

6 Victoria Lake Victoria Lake

This famous Hollywood actress of the 1940s was known for her performances in movies, television, as well on stage. She is widely remembered for her role in Sullivans's Travels and her roles with Alan Ladd during the 1940s. Her career flourished early on, but experienced a decline as a result of alcoholism and mental illness, she had troubled childhood and according to her mother, was was diagnosed with the disease. - Ananya

7 Eduard Einstein Eduard Einstein

He was Albert Einstein's son, who suffered from schizophrenia. He was diagnosed at the age of 25.After the onset of his illness, he told his father that he hated him. Albert never saw him for the rest of his life. Prior to his illness he was said to have been a great student and very musically talented.He struggled with his mental illness for the remainder of his life and ended up dying of a stroke at age 55. - Ananya

8 Peter Green Peter Green

Guitarist of the Famous band - Fleetwood Mac. Green played lead in Barden's band, B's Looners in 1966. After a 3 month stint, he had the opportunity to fill in for Eric Clapton in John Mayall and the BlueStreakers for 3 gigs. Upon Clapton's permanent departure not long after, he was hired full-time. Green has been institutionalized in the past with psychological problems and he underwent electro convulsive therapy. In 1977, he was arrested for threatening his accountant, Clifford Davis, with a rifle. - Ananya

9 Roger Kynard Roger Kynard

He is an American singer, songwriter, Harmonica player and guitarist from t Texas. He was a founding member of the 13th floor Elevators and pioneers of the psychedelic rock. In 1968, while doing a stint at Hemisfair, stated talking nonsense. He was diagnosed with Paranoid Schizophrenia and sent to Houston psychiatric hospital, where he involuntarily received electroconvulsive therapy. - Ananya

10 Tom Harrell Tom Harrell

He is a renowned American jazz trumpeter and composer, He has a disability which affects his life away from the stage. He suffers from Paranoid Schizophrenia.On stage he stands away from the microphone, off to the side, his head bowed and his hands clutching his trumpet. - Ananya

The Contenders

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12 Mark David Chapman Mark David Chapman Mark David Chapman is an American prison inmate who murdered John Lennon on December 8, 1980. Chapman shot Lennon outside The Dakota apartment building in New York City.
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