All these people suffered at one time or another from some kind of mental illness. Of course there are so many more who will not talk about this subject due to the stigma:-
Isaac Newton, the most famous mathematician of the 17th century.
Ludwig van Beethoven suffered from bipolar disorder (once known as manic depressive illness)
Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States.
Vincent Van Gogh, famous painter and artist.
Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of Great Britain one of the three men to lead the world to the defeat of Hitler in WWll.
Virginia Woolf, the British novelist.
Jane Pauley, NBC newscaster, since the age of 25, talks candidly about her depression and bipolar illness.
Linda Hamilton, acress, has gone public with her diagnosis of bipolar-disorder, diagnosed at a young age.
Shawn Colvin, winner of two Grammy’s in music.
Judy Collins, singer and songwriter.
Dr. Kay Redfield Janison, professor of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University, Balimore, MD.
William Styron, author, writes about his own depressiion in his book Darkness Visible.
John Nash, Nobel Prize Winner in mathematics has faced a lifelong battle with schizophrenia. His struggle was documented in the book A Beautiful Mind, by Sylvia Nasar which was later made into a movie of the same name.
Carrie Fisher, child of Hollywood stars, Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher.
Lionel Aldridge, a football player for the Green Bcka Packers during the 1960″s.
Vivien Leigh, actress.
Brooke Shields, suffered from post partum depression.
A few more … Pat Conroy; author. Marlon Brando; actor. Sylvia Plath; poet and novelist. Michelangelo; artist, Charles Schultz, cartoonist.
I can coninue for a long time as the list is a long one.