People with mental illnesses are often misunderstood and dismissed by society; and frequently, patients are medicated simply to suppress the symptoms. While proper care and medication can help sufferers, understanding the different illnesses can help us all take steps to eradicate this global problem. Celebrities are not immune to the devastating effects of mental illness. Sadly, mental illness continues to destroy families and kill without proper funding or attention towards prevention. Shedding a light on this disease with famous people could be a start. Here are some superstars who have struggled privately and publicly with debilitating mental health issues.
Nearly 1.5 million Americans suffer from Lewy Body Dementia, which is a mashup of Parkinson’s disease and dementia. It presents in the form of hallucinations, delusions, and paranoia. The beloved comedian and actor also suffered from anxiety and depression and was known to exhibit manic periods followed by reclusive, introverted times where no one saw him for weeks at a time. On August 11, 2014, Williams committed suicide at his home in Paradise Cay, California, at the age of 63.