I decided to kick off a new category for BipolarDigest.com. Reason? I have a lot of people writing to me about how different they feel because they’ve been diagnosed with Bipolar. I also get a lot of comments about how they feel worthless not being able to accomplish anything because of their diagnoses. First, let me start by saying this is all in your mind, and anything is possible as long as you put your mind to it. I believe the only reason we haven’t accomplish our goals is because we our diagnoses as an excuse to be lazy. I know I probably pissed many of you off by saying this, but it’s true. Let me explain something, and be completely transparent…
When I first got diagnosed, I felt as though someone always owed me something because I’m bipolar. I felt I should have extra time completing tasks, on an exam, should get pity or even have special treatment. Having this mentality is one of the biggest mistakes I’ve made in my life. With this mind frame, I lowered my self-confidence and always thought people are better than me. For example, for a longtime I thought people WITHOUT bipolar would go further in life then me because I have to live with bipolar. This isn’t true, and DON’T let anyone tell you otherwise. Now, going back to the title of this content…
I decided to start writing about celebrities who are living with bipolar for two very important reasons.
First, it’s to communicate that even with bipolar you can be very successful beyond your dreams. All you have to do is stay focused, work hard, and put your mind to it. Celebrities we envy because they are very successful, popular, wealthy, and have everything they “and we” can dream of. Next,
Secondly, celebrities are humans just like us and bipolar doesn’t discriminate. It doesn’t ONLY affect those who are earning an average salary, not in the news, don’t live in mansions, etc. Bipolar affects everyone equally…it’s that simple.
Russell Brand – Actor, Comedian, and Radio
He first had his big break in 2004 as the host of Big Brother Big Mouth (a Big Brother Spin-off). Ever since then he’s been cast in big films like – Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Get Him to the Greek, and Despicable Me 2. Russell Brand was also married to Katy Perry.
In his teens Russell Brand struggled with binge-eating, and started abusing drugs and alcohol. After years of abuse, he stopped using in 2002 and in 2014 celebrated his 12th year of being sober. Russell Brand has been diagnosed with ADHD and bipolar, but refuses to let these two hold him back. As a matter of fact, he references being bipolar in his performances with a twist showing people that being bipolar doesn’t mean you can’t make people smile. He’s also used his experience to help others by funding drug treatment programs in Britain.
Russel Brand doesn’t allow his diagnoses of Bipolar and ADHD hold him back. If you take a close look at his career and personal life, it’s amazing how much he’s accomplished. Bipolar is often viewed as a mental illness which limits one’s success. This is often the view of people who DON’T have to live with bipolar disorder. However, through research I’ve learned that more successful people are upfront and vocal about being bipolar. Over the next several weeks, you’ll read how some of the MOST powerful people in the world are living with bipolar. These people are making hundreds of millions of dollars while helping others with treatment programs, etc. I hope all of you can take the following out of this celebrity – Russell Brand.
- Born into a rough childhood and battling with drugs & alcohol abuse didn’t stop him from making a change. It didn’t slow him down. By working hard, he was able to stop his struggle. He’s now been clean for 12 years.
- He’s upfront about being diagnosed with ADHD and bipolar. People living with bipolar often fear being open with people close to them. Russell Brand went completely public with the entire world, and it hasn’t slowed him down at all. It’s when you educate the world about bipolar and show them it doesn’t mean you can’t conquer everything you want to in life. Remember, Russell Brand has a very successful acting, comedic, and hosting career. As a matter of fact, it’s helped shape it…here’s a direct quote:
“His bipolar disorder has helped shape his career: he’s now known for his intriguing combination of ambition and vulnerability.” – Healthline.com
- He’s even more popular now because of what he plans on doing going forward. An article was published in Vanity Fair where he stated the following:
‘I have decided that I don’t need to make any money anymore,’ he told the magazine.
‘The money that I get, I’m going to use for the establishment of community centres, which will sell good food and provide a place for people to hang out: initially, a service for people recovering from drug addiction, but also an incubator for social enterprises, where people will work, on a not-for-profit basis, in a wide variety of trades.’