Mental disorder is characterized by impairment of an individual’s normal cognitive, emotional, or behavioral functioning, and caused by social, psychological, biochemical, genetic, or other factors, whatever the cause of it is, mental illness can happen to anyone. Scientists have found a link between creativity and mental illness, which explains why so many people in the creative and artistic fields suffer with mental problems. Many people with mental disorders have contributed to society and overcome their disabilities every single day of their lives. The contributions which the following people have given to the world cannot be forgotten. These include actors, actresses, celebrities, singers, world leaders, and many other famous people.

Many people hail John Nash as an economic and math genius, especially after he won the Nobel Prize for economic sciences. But what many people didn’t know at the time was that Nash lived with paranoid schizophrenia. At the age of 29, Nash was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and spent the next twenty years suffering from delusions and hallucinations. Many struggles with depression led Lady Diana to the eating disorder bulimia nervosa, which recurred throughout her adult life. After her death, tapes were released in which Diana spoke not only about her battle with bulimia, but multiple suicide attempts and depression. Being one of the most important great minds of his century Albert Einstein was then known to suffer from dyslexia mainly because of his bad memory and his constant failure to memorize the simplest of things.

It is also thought that he had OCD. Abraham Lincoln the 16th president, one of the greatest Americans, suffered from severe, incapacitating and occasionally suicidal depressions. Isaac Newton the famous English mathematician of the 17th Century was responsible for many scientific discoveries. He suffered from several “nervous breakdowns” in his life and was known for great fits of rage towards anyone who disagreed with him, which some have labeled bipolar disorder, which was unknown at the time.

Winston Churchill was Prime Minister of Great Britain during World War II and a Nobel Prize-winning writer. His memoirs describe his battles with depression, which he nick-named his “Black Dog.”  Accounts have also indicated that he may have suffered from bipolar disorder. Angeline Jolie now a world famous actress and political advocate, was once a moody gothic teen who used to cut herself during bouts of depression. She’s still a little wacky, and reportedly keeps an imaginary friend with whom she has nightly consultations about her daily trials and tribulations.