Musicians with Prominent Mental illness

Many musicians suffer from mental health issues, creativity seems to go hand in hand with mental problems. Usually if people are suffering from mental health issues it is something we like to keep quite and not show to everyone, lets face it who wants to be seen as a downer or out of control and wierd? However in the musical world it can almost be a good thing, a cool thing even to be 'mentally ill'. The classic thing of the troubled musician... it is perhaps easier for a musician or artist to accept the mental illness as part of their identity, as it helps them with their work, it feeds their craft.

This makes me think could people without a creative craft struggling with mental illness reduce the stigma on them by expressing themselves in a musical medium... Not nessercerily in a song but maybe artwork similar to album artwork but Mental Health Artwork..? 

Anyhoo here is a list of musicians with quite extreme mental health issues..

Kurt Cobain ADD and Bipolar - Took his own life at the age of 27

Kurt Cobain is arguably one of the most famous musicians who struggled with mental health. He was ever properly diagnosed however his auntie who was a mental health nurse said he had Bipolar disorder. His condition was expressed explicitly in his music and his personal writing. The combination of Cobain’s mental health problems as well as his drug use caught up with him in 1994 when he took his own life.

Kurt Cobain is arguably one of the most famous musicians who struggled with mental health. He was ever properly diagnosed however his auntie who was a mental health nurse said he had Bipolar disorder. His condition was expressed explicitly in his music and his personal writing. The combination of Cobain’s mental health problems as well as his drug use caught up with him in 1994 when he took his own life.

Nick Drake - Depression - Died of an Anti depression medication over dose at 26

Nick Drake was a brilliant songwriter who wasn’t sufficiently appreciated until he passed away. He suffered from depression and insomnia for much of his life, but he became a casualty of his illness in 1974 when he overdosed on his antidepressants. He was only 26.

Nick Drake was a brilliant songwriter who wasn’t sufficiently appreciated until he passed away. He suffered from depression and insomnia for much of his life, but he became a casualty of his illness in 1974 when he overdosed on his antidepressants. He was only 26.

Sinéad O'Connor - Bipolar - Found the correct medication and is no longer suicidal

Sinéad O’Connor was plagued with thoughts of suicide, and after several therapists and hospital visits. She was finally diagnosed with bipolar disorder.  In a 2007 interview, she described her illness as a gaping hole in the center of her being. But she was finally prescribed the right medication.    

Sinéad O’Connor was plagued with thoughts of suicide, and after several therapists and hospital visits. She was finally diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

In a 2007 interview, she described her illness as a gaping hole in the center of her being. But she was finally prescribed the right medication. 

 

Ian Curtis (joy Division) - Depression - Took his own life at the age of just 23

Ian Curtis, Post-punk pioneer he co-founded Joy Division in 1976. As the band steadily gained notoriety, Curtis sank deeper and deeper into depression. His dissolving marriage and diagnosis of epilepsy only augmented his problems.  As the band prepared for their first North American tour, Curtis committed suicide. He died far too young, but left behind a legacy that is still remembered today.   </p><p>As the band prepared for their first North American tour, Curtis committed suicide. He died far too young, but left behind a legacy that is still remembered today.</p></p></p></p></p></p></p></p></p></p></p></p></p></p></p></p></p></p></p>

Ian Curtis, Post-punk pioneer he co-founded Joy Division in 1976. As the band steadily gained notoriety, Curtis sank deeper and deeper into depression. His dissolving marriage and diagnosis of epilepsy only augmented his problems.

As the band prepared for their first North American tour, Curtis committed suicide. He died far too young, but left behind a legacy that is still remembered today.