Mental illness, especially when it’s related to celebrities, has been in the news quite a bit lately. After Robin Williams‘ tragic suicide and the now-widespread knowledge of his battle with severe depression, substance abuse and alcoholism, the general public is talking more about mental health.
While there’s a popular train of thought that creative people have a higher prevalence of mental illness, that’s not the case according to Scientific American. They say that while there’s a slight increase in creativity among those with bipolar disorder, there isn’t much of a difference between creative and non-creative people with mental illness. Still, there are many famous people that have had battles with mental illness, just like the rest of us. In fact, some have had such a tough battle that they even spent time in psychiatric hospitals.
Read on for our list of 8 famous people who have spent time in psychiatric hospitals and mental institutions.
8. Susan Boyle Stayed at Priory Hospital
In 2009, Susan Boyle became a sensation when she auditioned for Britain’s Got Talent. Millions of fans were shocked to hear such an amazing voice coming from a seemingly average woman. She was welcomed onto the reality TV show with open arms after that first audition, but it didn’t all go swimmingly. According to an article in The Times, she exhibited some erratic behavior behind the scenes as the competition progressed. When she got second place on the show, that was apparently too much for Susan. She checked into Priory Hospital the day after the live finale episode. Many suspected she wouldn’t be able to travel with the Britain’s Got Talent concert series due to her hospital stay, but she proved them wrong. She was released from the hospital only three days later and was able to perform at most of the concerts.Next: 7. David Foster Wallace Stayed at McLean Hospital