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From: (Cynthia Frazier)
Subject: FAQ Part 5[5]
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Summary: The following Frequently-Asked-Questions (FAQ) attempts to
     impart an understanding of depression including its causes; its
     symptoms; its medication and treatments--including professional
     treatments as well as things you can do to help yourself. In
     addition, information on where to get help, books to read, a list
     of famous people who suffer from depression, internet resources,
     instructions for posting anonymously, and a list of the many
     contributors is included.
Date: 25 Apr 2002 11:32:36 GMT
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Last-modified: 1994/08/07

Part 5 of 5

  **Famous People**
   - Who are some famous people who suffer from depression and bipolar

  **Internet Resources**
   - What are some electronic resources on the internet related to

  **Anonymous Posting**
   - How can I post anonymously to

   - Sources

   - Contributors

Famous People

Q. Who are some famous people who suffer from depression and bipolar

   This list represents a few of the famous people included in a list
   posted to a.s.d. on a periodic basis. Much of it is taken from the
   book by Kay Redfield Jamison, "Touched With Fire; Manic-Depressive
   Illness and the Artistic Temperament." The Free Press (Macmillan),
   New York, 1993. Used without permission, but with intent to educate,
   and not for profit. Please send updates (or additions) to

  "This is meant to be an illustrative rather than a comprehensive
   list... Most of the writers, composers, and artists are American,
   British, European, Irish, or Russian; all are deceased... Many if
   not most of these writers, artists, and composers had other major
   problems as well, such as medical illnesses, alcoholism or drug
   addiction, or exceptionally difficult life circumstances. They are
   listed here as having suffered from a mood disorder because their
   mood symptoms predated their other conditions, because the nature
   and course of their mood and behavior symptoms were consistent with
   a diagnosis of an independently existing affective illness, and/or
   because their family histories of depression, manic-depressive
   illness, and suicide--coupled with their own symptoms--were
   sufficiently strong to warrant their inclusion." (from Touched With

       H  = Asylum or psychiatric hospital 
       S  = Suicide 
       SA = Suicide Attempt

   **WRITERS:** Hans Christian Andersen, Honore de Balzac, James Barrie,
   William Faulkner (H), F. Scott Fitzgerald (H), Ernest Hemingway (H,
   S), Hermann Hesse (H, SA), Henrik Ibsen, Henry James, William James,
   Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain), Joseph Conrad (SA), Charles Dickens,
   Isak Dinesen (SA), Ralph Waldo Emerson, Herman Melville, Eugene
   O'Neill (H, SA), Mary Shelley, Robert Louis Stevenson, Leo Tolstoy,  
   Tennessee Williams (H), Mary Wollstonecraft (SA), Virginia Woolf
   (H, S)

   **COMPOSERS:** Hector Berlioz (SA), Anton Bruckner (H), George
   Frederic Handel, Gustav Holst, Charles Ives, Gustav Mahler, Modest 
   Mussorgsky, Sergey Rachmaninoff, Giocchino Rossini, Robert Schumann
   (H, SA), Alexander Scriabin, Peter Tchaikovsky

   Coward, Stephen Foster, Charles Mingus (H), Charles Parker (H, SA),
   Cole Porter (H)

   **POETS:** William Blake, Robert Burns, George Gordon, Lord Byron,
   Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Hart Crane (S) , Emily Dickinson, T.S. Eliot
   (H), Oliver Goldsmith, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Victor Hugo, Samuel
   Johnson, John Keats, Vachel Lindsay (S), James Russell Lowell, Robert
   Lowell (H), Edna St. Vincent Millay (H), Boris Pasternak (H), Sylvia
   Plath (H, S), Edgar Allan Poe (SA), Ezra Pound (H), Anne Sexton (H,
   S), Percy Bysshe Shelley (SA), Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Dylan Thomas,
   Walt Whitman

   **ARTISTS:** Richard Dadd (H), Thomas Eakins, Paul Gauguin (SA),
   Vincent van Gogh (H, S), Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (H, S), Edward Lear,
   Michelangelo, Edvard Meunch (H), Georgia O'Keeffe (H), George Romney,
   Dante Gabriel Rossetti (SA)

   **Confirmed Bipolars (still living):** Idi Amin, former dictator;
   Patty Duke (Anna Pearce), actor, writer; Connie Francis, actor,
   musician; Peter Gabriel, musician; Charles Haley, athlete (Dallas
   Cowboys); Kristy McNichols, actor; Spike Mulligan, comic actor;
   Abigail Padgett, mystery writer; Murray Pezim, financier (Canada);
   Charley Pride, musician; Axl Rose, musician; Ted Turner,
   entrepreneur, media giant (U.S.); Robin Williams, actor, comedian

   **Confirmed Unipolars (still living):** Roseanne Arnold, actor,
   writer, comedienne (also has Multiple personality disorder and
   obsessive compulsive disorder); Dick Cavett, writer, media
   personality; Tony Dow, actor, director; Kitty Dukakis, Massachusetts
   first lady; William Styron, writer; James Taylor, musician; Mike
   Wallace, news anchor.

Internet Resources

Q. What are some electronic resources on the internet related to

   This list is a shortened version of one compiled and maintained by
   Sylvia Caras. It is posted periodically to ThisIsCrazy-L (see below
   for subscription information) If you would like to suggest additions
   for this list, contact <> To suggest additions to
   this list for the FAQ, send them to 

   * News groups:

   * Internet Health Resources is an extensive listing of medical
     resources available over the internet. 
      cd pub/hmatrix 
      get file medlst03.txt or

   * An FTP site at Temple University containing articles related to

   * ThisIsCrazy is an electronic action and information letter for
     people who experience moods swings, fright, voices, and visions
     (People Who). To subscribe, send a message to 
     with this command in the body of the message:
      subscribe ThisIsCrazy-L

   * Pendulum is a mailing list for people diagnosed with bipolar mood
     disorder (manic depression) and related disorders and their
     supporters, and some professionals. To subscribe to pendulum, send
     a message to containing the line
      subscribe pendulum

   * Walkers-in-Darkness is a list for people diagnosed with various
     depressive disorders (unipolar, atypical, and bipolar depression,
     S.A.D., related disorders). The list also includes sufferers of
     panic attacks and Borderline Personality Disorder. Please, no
     researchers trying to study us, etc. (Postings are copyrighted by
     individual posters.) 

     To subscribe to walkers or walkers-digest, send a message to containing the line "subscribe walkers" or,
     for the digest, "subscribe walkers-digest". There is an anonymous
     FTP site at in ~/pub/walkers, that includes a technical

   * To subscribe to the Mailbase list psychiatry send the command
     SUBSCRIBE psychiatry <your name> to

Q. How can I post anonymously to

   You can post anonymously to by using the
   anonymous server in Finland. For more information about the anonymous
   server, send mail to for an automated reply that
   explains how to use the server. Special note While your posting will
   appear in without any indication of your
   identity, your posting first has to be sent to Finland by e-mail. This  
   makes the contents of your message no more secure than any other
   international e-mail (less secure if you don't trust the administrator
   of, which is to say not very secure at all. For more 
   information, consult the Privacy & Anonymity on the Internet FAQ,
   posted regularly to sci.crypt, comp.society.privacy, and alt.privacy.


   Pamphlet: Depression: What you need to know, National Institute of
   Mental Heath. By Marilyn Sargent. Office of Scientific Information
   National Institute of Mental Health

   Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. The DSM stands
   for the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. It is
   published by the American Psychiatric Association. The latest version
   is the DSM-III-R (1987). For reference, the DSM-III was published in
   The first edition of this manual was published in 1952, and the
   second edition in 1968. The fourth edition (DSM-IV) is currently in
   press and should be available this summer. It is used by the vast
   majority of psychologists and mental health professionals in the
   United States of America as a diagnostic tool. Psychiatrists and
   professionals outside of the U.S. will often use a diagnostic system
   called ICD-9, which differs in many respects from the DSM.


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  John M. Grohol (, Nova S.E. University
  Joy Ikelman <> Boulder, CO (Keith Rich)
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  Silja Muller <>
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  Sylvia Caras <> Owner, ThisIsCrazy-L
  Todd Daniel Woodward <> Mountain View, CA
  Wes Melander <>

Editor: Cynthia Frazier ( Lansing, NY

Special thanks to Ivan Goldberg, MD, NY Psychopharmacologic
Inst,.<>, who has provided many of the questions and
answers as well as made corrections throughout the FAQ.

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