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  Consumers: Famous People with Mental Illness  


"Art when really understood is the province of every human being ", (Robert Henri., 1923, from Art Against Stigma).

People with mental illness can be creative and do make contributions to society. They are inspirations. These are just a few of them.

Patty Duke (1946-        ), actress with bipolar depression. See her movie, Call Me Anna and A Brilliant Madness.  Read about her in U.S. News & World Report, 3/5/90, p.51 and in Your Health magazine, 3/28/89, pp.12-13.
Michelangelo - well known artist, written about in Dynamics of Creation by Anthony Storr
Sylvia Plath, poet (1932-1963) read published journals from her earlier years. She committed suicide, see A Memory of Sylvia Plath by Nancy Hunter Steiner.
Eugene O'Neill - writer, (1888-1953),  who wrote Long Day's Journey Into Night had clinical depression, see Eugene O'Neil by Olive Coolidge.
Ludwig von Beethoven - composer, had bipolar depression
  Jane Pauley - former NBC host, talks about her bipolar illness.
Vincent Van Gogh - artist, painter, reported to have had bipolar disorder. See Famous Depressives – Ten Historical Sketches by M.J. Lieburg.
President Abraham Lincoln suffered depression. Robert Siegel talked with Wolf Shenk, author of Lincoln's Melancholy: How Depression Challenged a President and Fueled His Greatness.
Thelonious Monk - acclaimed jazz musician suffered with mental illness in his later years..
Proceed to view some consumer artwork, some especially about stigma.
After that, return to Healing with Art for more tools related to art .



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