Celebrities With Borderline Personality Disorder


borderline-personality-disorder(BPD) Borderline personality disorder is a mental health condition that impacts 5.9% of the population. This mental health dysfunction impacts one’s mental capacity and stability in lieu of their emotional, psychological, behavioral, and overall mental health. Some of the many symptoms of this disorder can range from low self-esteem, fear of abandonment, short-lived relationships, impulsive behavior, distorted self-worth, mood swings, anger, depression, and more.

Mental health is important, and sometimes people with certain mental health issues may be less-inclined to seek help or treatment for them. More and more celebrities are coming forward and admitting that they have borderline personality disorder. This is actually developing and raising more awareness for others who are or who might be suffering from BPD and also prove as inspiring for them to seek treatment for the disorder as well.

Celebrities with Borderline Personality Disorder: Angelina Jolie-Pitt

download (29)Angelina Jolie-Pitt, actress, wife of Brad Pitt and daughter of John Voight was first diagnosed BPD in the late 1990’s.

Before Angelina sought mental health treatment the actress had volatile relationships, was promiscuous, and had admitted to having thoughts of suicide frequently- although she never attempted once to take her own life.

Now after seeking treatment, and coming forward as an advocate of mental health wellness and awareness- she has the life she has always dreamed of with her highly-publicized long time relationship/ now marriage to fellow actor Brad Pitt, and with raising her 6 children Pax, Maddox, Zahara, Shiloh, Vivian, and Knox Jolie-Pitt.

Celebrities with Borderline Personality Disorder: Amy Winehouse

UMG-Debuted-Amy-Winehouse-Documentary-Trailer-News-FDRMX-1024x5761Amy Jade Winehouse a U.K. based songstress went big with her platinum selling first record featuring the much recognized tune “Rehab..” Coincidentally Amy herself suffered with demons such as a violent and rocky relationships, drug abuse, alcohol abuse, self-harm, body dysmorphic disorder, depression, and erratic behavior and mood swings.

After seeking treatment for drug use in 2010, Amy found herself on more and more drinking binges after disregarding pleas by her family and friends. Unfortunately, on the morning of July 23, 2011 she was found unresponsive. Toxicology reports showed that Amy Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning.

Celebrities with Borderline Personality Disorder: The Late Princess Diana

princess-diana-2_2646947bThe late Princess Diana had her bouts with depression and was candidly open about suffering from the eating disorder, bulimia.

Although the root of her problems started at an early age in childhood, it was being of British royalty which really brought the symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder to the surface. Diana also was known to have depression, mood swings, binge eating, and also admitted using self-mutilation as a way to cope with her emotional pain during many painful years of her marriage to Prince Charles.

Celebrities with Borderline Personality Disorder: Lindsey Lohan

vibe-lindsay-lohan-ownThe Disney child prodigy and idol Lindsay Morgan Lohan appeared to be the perfect child after her starring role in the Parent Trap.

However, as the teenager hit puberty in the limelight her problems started to show. From car accidents, DUI’s, reckless behaviors, drug and alcohol misuse, to her law-defying tendencies (not showing up for court dates, defaulting probation, and more.)

Lindsay’s career began to tank as her reliability and credibility as an actress was challenged. The child actress has managed to stay free from media adversities in the last year or two and hopefully she is getting the mental health treatments she needs to get back her reputation as a good actress.

Celebrities with Borderline Personality Disorder: Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn-Monroe-665x385Beauty, Marilyn Monroe was no stranger to depression, suicide attempts, drug use, promiscuity, and many other of her mental health struggles, ¬†Marilyn went from a small town Norm Jean to a beauty bombshell, pinup queen, and actress almost overnight. Marilyn’s BPD impacted her relationships severely as she acknowledged abandonment issues, insecurities, and sever attachment to the many lovers of her life. Although she was under the care of a shrink at the time of her death- mysteries still surround it as there is no certainty that can prove that her death was an accident, a successful suicide attempt, or a murder.

Celebrities with Borderline Personality Disorder: Courtney Love

Courtney-Love-001Courtney Michelle Love is a celebrity that is most known for her marriage to the late Kurt Cobain. However, as volatile and tragic as her relationship and his death were to her she still had issues associated with BPD prior to her days with him. For years she has been publicly shamed in the media for rages of violence, erratic behavior, arrests for defying the law, overdosing on drugs and controlled substances, violating probation orders and more. Her out of control life even cost her full custody of her daughter who is now grown. In the past few years Love has calmed down and not been the subject of negative media attention, instead she is even trying her best to mend fences with her estranged daughter by Kurt Cobain.

Celebrities with Borderline Personality Disorder: Bottom Line

Perhaps feeling like you can relate to something that is negative that also celebrities share in common may be just what someone needs to also come forward and integrate the many treatments options in life that can help to improve one’s mental health, happiness, and quality of life.

There might be many more celebrities with borderline personality disorder and other mental health issues. One can only hope that some of them will follow the lead of the aforementioned celebrities and come forward, offering hope and encouragement to others who suffer in silence and who want to seek borderline personality disorder treatment.


    • Hmm . . . I wonder if the writer meant the family, friends and loved ones impacted as well. About one out of three people will have a mental illness at some point in their lives, which could also be that number. For borderline personality disorder, the prevalence rate is at about 6 percent. Narcissistic personality disorder has a prevalence rate of about 6 percent as well. I’ll make the change in the article so that the writer’s statistic is corrected. Thanks for pointing it out, Mary!

  1. Its so nice to see that celebrities are admitting their imperfections to the public. I think its wonderful they are sharing their struggles and experiences in struggling with mental health.

    • Thank you for such a mindful and positive comment. It is great to see so many people becoming accepting of their struggles. It is positive to see mental health being taken seriously and spoken about publicly. Feel free to share your thoughts any time, Diane!