Famous People with Schizophrenia
at Celebrity Disease Blog

There are relatively quite few famous people with Schizophrenia. This is perhaps because this disorder affects people mostly in their young adulthood stage. Too young and too immature to gain worldwide accomplishment worthy of recognition. However, I managed to get a list of celebrities with Schizophrenia.

This celebrity disease is diagnosed by looking at both behavioral patterns and past history of the patient. Doctors will usually look for signs and symptoms that the patient may possess. This includes the following: social withdrawal, depersonalization (the feeling of looking at self as unreal), loss of hygiene, loss of appetite, delusions, hallucinations and the sense of being controlled by outside forces.

One FYI from this celebrities with diseases blog before we continue: Ever knew the difference between delusions and hallucinations? Delusion is a false belief (ex. if you believe you are Jesus Christ, Hitler or anyone with high disposition, you are delusional). Hallucination is a a false belief coupled along with the use of senses. (ex. If you are hearing things, seeing things, or even tasting things which arent there at all, you are hallucinating). That's your FYI tidbit for today's post. Dont you just love it when your blogger is a nurse? ;)

Ok, Back to Famous people with Schizophrenia. I searched high and low over the internet to provide you with this information. Fortunately, I did find something that might feed your curiosity.

Here they are:

  • James Beck Gordon (Jim Gordon) - Famous drummer who played with John Lennon, George Harrison, Eric Clapton, the Everly Brothers, the Beach Boys, Judy Collins, Joe Cocker, Frank Zappa, Duane Allman, Carly Simon, Jackson Browne, and Joan Baez until schizophrenia took hold.
  • Syd Barrett - Pink Floyd member until 1968.
  • Tom Harrell - Famous Jazz musician.
  • Eduard Einstein - Albert Einstein’s son.
  • Meera Popkin - Broadway star (think Cats and Miss Saigon).
  • John Nash - Perhaps the most famous of this list of celebrities and famous people with schizoprhenia. He was a Mathematician, Noble Prize winner, and subject of A Beautiful Mind.
  • Alexander “Skip” Spence - Member of the 1960’s rock band Moby Grape as well as Jefferson Airplane.
  • Lionel Aldridge - Former defensive end for the Green Bay Packers.
  • Peter Green - Founder of Fleetwood Mac.
  • Bob Mosley - Another member of Moby Grape.
  • Jack Kerouac - Beat generation author.
  • Rose Williams - Tennessee Williams’s sister.

That's it guys! Hope you had this one booked. Tune it for more list of famous people who share your disease. They may accomplish something that was worthy of recognition but they are not at all less susceptible to anyone's disease. Hope you enjoyed this post about Famous people with schizophrenia.


  1. pricego.org  

    October 24, 2009 at 12:54 PM

    This is a very painful yet common disease...and I think the most painful part is that there is nothing much that could be done for these patients.

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  2. Anonymous  

    July 27, 2010 at 11:01 AM

    Many cases of serial killers with schizophrenia have appeared all over the news, I think it's a brain disease that interferes with normal brain functioning. I love this topic just like I love everything about Generic Viagra

  3. Robert  

    October 11, 2010 at 7:46 AM

    I watched "My Name Is Alan and I Paint Pictures", about a Paranoid Schizophrenic artist Alan Streets. The film addresses the treatment and diagnosis of Paranoid Schizophrenia and the therapeutic benefits of art for mental illness. Alan Streets is deeply affected with Paranoid Schizophrenia and he is unable to interact with the gallery establishment. His paintings are instead sold on his website at http://www.alanstreetsstore.com.The documentary "My Name Is Alan and I Paint Pictures", can be rented on Netflix or previewed at http://mynameisalan.com/

  4. patricia  

    March 23, 2011 at 8:21 PM

    Wow, never thought I would hear the words that my son has Schizophrenia! I'm lost for words and I not sure what to do or say.

  5. patricia  

    March 23, 2011 at 8:30 PM

    This is truly painful, I never thought I would hear the words that my son is suffering from Schizophrenia. How do I help my son and understand whats going on with him??? Lord give me strength

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