This is a series I started several months ago that has received a lot of traction from readers. It’s been a while since I’ve written about a celebrity living with bipolar. I started this series to help all of you understand that bipolar disorder doesn’t discriminate and can affect anyone. We often look at celebrities as having it all – money, happiness, cars, big homes, and a great social life. I’ll admit, until recently I was someone who looked at celebrities as being immune to mental illnesses. Why? Because when I first got diagnosed I believed living with bipolar disorder meant your success was limited. So, since celebrities were so successful, none of them could have a mental disorder. But, I was wrong. Because, as I’ve learned, even celebrities are human beings; bipolar doesn’t discriminate, affecting everyone equally.
In the end, I put this series together to show all of you that even when living with bipolar you can conquer all your dreams. It doesn’t have to stop you from working towards what you believe in and making a positive change in your life. If you’ve read my previous posts on celebrities like Demi Lovato, Carrie Fisher, and Russell Brand, you’ll know how they use their popularity to increase bipolar awareness, and to illustrate how bipolar disorder can be a tool to make positive changes to help conquer large dreams. For example, bipolar disorder has helped Russell Brand to stop abusing drugs, and Demi Lovato to come up with constructive ways to handle stress and anxiety.
Chris Brown – Singer, Songwriter, Actor, and Dancer
Chris Brown was born on May 5, 1989 in Tappahannock, Virginia. At a very young age, he was involved in the church choir and was part of several local talent shows. In 2004, he signed with Jive Records, which led him to release his debut studio album. This album went platinum in 2005. In 2007, his second album, Exclusive, went double platinum. Finally, his album, F.A.M.E, which was released in 2011 topped many of the American music charts and won him a Grammy. However, even with all of his success, Brown managed to find himself in a lot of trouble throughout the years.
His troubles first started in 2009 where he physically assaulted his then-girlfriend, Rihanna. This led to many of his songs being dropped from radio stations. He pleaded guilty and was given 180 days of community service and was put on probation for 5 years. Then in 2013, he was arrested in Washington D.C for assaulting a man outside a hotel.
“Brown and another man, Christopher Hollosy, were allegedly involved in a “physical altercation” with an unidentified man just before 4:30 a.m. in front of the W Hotel in the 500 block of 15th Street NW, according to a police department spokesman, Officer Anthony Clay. The singer, 24, and Hollosy, 35, were taken into custody, Clay said. The alleged victim in the altercation was taken to a nearby hospital and released.” – The Washington Post
In 2014, Brown was taken into custody for violating the terms of his 5-year probation and was sentenced to a year in jail.
It was reported by TMZ on 2/28/2014 that Chris Brown had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
“In the legal docs — obtained by TMZ — an official from the rehab facility wrote that … in addition to his diagnosis … Chris was self-medicating inappropriately.”
“The facility writes, “Mr. Brown became aggressive and acted out physically due to his untreated mental health disorder, severe sleep deprivation, inappropriate self-medicating and untreated PTSD.” They never explain the cause of the PTSD. The letter also says Chris was diagnosed with Bipolar II.” – TMZ.com
It’s never too late to take control of your life and make positive steps forward. Many of you will agree, the first step is to know what’s been holding you back. In my case, it was not knowing that I was bipolar. Once I was diagnosed in 2000, I was proactive in finding ways to handle certain situations. It was after my diagnosis that I realized what was good for me and what types of stress triggered my manic episodes. The same can be said for Chris Brown as he’s stated here:
“Brown “would like to inform the court that he appreciates what he has learned in the rehabilitation facility, as it has allowed him to change his life for the better,” and that “he remains thankful to the court for the opportunity to find out and learn about himself, his anger issues and the type of person he wants to become, which is a man who is able to better himself and be a positive role model.”- eNews
Celebrities, no matter how successful, they face similar situations as us and deal with them in a similar way too. It comes down to understanding your patterns—why things are happening the way they are—and making positive changes in your life to change them and better yourself.
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