10 Famous People With Schizophrenia

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Famous people with schizophrenia

  1. Eduard Einstein (Son of famous physicist Albert Einstein)

Eduard Einstein born on July 28, 1910, in Zurich Switzerland was the second son of Albert Einstein and Mileva Maric. Eduard was an excellent student showing high prowess in both intellect and music. In 1929, Eduard started studying medicine and wanted to be a Psychiatrist. At the age of 20, in 1930, Eduard developed schizophrenia. He was moved to the Burghoelzli in 1932, a psychiatric sanatorium in Zurich, where he lived up to his death in 1965.

  1. Jack Kerouac

Jack Kerouac, one of the pioneers and greatest writers of the “Beat generation”  Was enlisted in the U.S military, wherein a Navy Doctor diagnosed him to have “dementia praecox”, which today is known as Schizophrenia. After 10 months in the military, he left and started his career in writing, on his discharge notes his diagnosis was replaced noting “schizoid tendencies”. He is best known for his novel and American Classic titled “On the Road”.

  1. Syd Barett

Syd Barett, a songwriter, guitarist, artist and member of the famous band “Pink Floyd”.  Though many rumors circle him about his drug use, on 1968 he left the band and withdrew from society. He stopped making music and dislikes people talking about his past with Pink Floyd, he lived his life in constant isolation.

  1. Mary Todd Lincoln

Mary Todd Lincoln was the wife of Abraham Lincoln the 16th president of the United States of America, she was the first lady. She is a passionate ambitious flame and was well-educated. On 1862 of February, tragedy strikes the home of the Lincoln’s, when their son Willie died at the young age of 11 years old. Mary lambasted amounts of money to pay for spiritualist and mediums to contact her dead son. She was known to have schizophrenia.

  1. John Nash

Jonh Nash is a renowned American mathematician who specializes in differential geometry, game theory and partial differential equations. His story was the basis of the movie entitled “A Beautiful Mind” which focuses on his struggle with Schizophrenia and his mathematical genius.

  1. Peter Green

Peter Green is the guitarist for the band “Fleetwood Mac”, his life is muddled with a lot of speculations and rumors. It is said that he was institutionalized for psychological problems and in the mid 1970’s he underwent electro shock therapy.

  1. Tom Harrell

Tom Harell is a well-known American “Post-bob” jazz trumpeter. He has paranoid schizophrenia, which greatly impairs his life when he is not in the stage performing. Though even in his performance, you will see glimpses of his paranoid state, his head is always bowed down, and only raises his head to play the trumpet on the microphone and after playing bows his head again and backs away from the microphone until called upon to play again.

  1. Joe Meek

Joe meek was a pioneer in record production and songwriter. He had an intense obsession with the occult and the idea of an “other-side”, it was noted that he would sometimes set-up tape recorders in graveyards hoping to catch voices coming from the dead. He claimed that he caught a recording of cat that was imitating the voice of a human being asking for help. He was known to have Schizophrenia.

  1. Meera Popkin

Meera Popkin is a Broadway actress who starred in “Cats” and “Miss Saigon”. She was diagnosed to have schizophrenia. Her career plummeted from the spotlight to being a waiter in Wendy’s. But she was able to recover and is now happily married and a proud and loving mother.

  1. Jim Gordon

Jim Gordon was the number one drummer in rock’n’roll during the 60’s and 70’s, he gained nods and approvals from Muppet Master Jim Henson, Eric Clapton, Alice Cooper and the Beachboys among others. But in the late 70’s he started to hear voices due to paranoid schizophrenia, and doctors who saw him failed to give him the correct diagnosis. In 1983, he killed his mother and is still imprisoned up to this day.



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