13 Celebrities Who Suffered Mental Breakdowns

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Chalk it up to the pressure of fame.

Or possibly to a pre-existing mental condition.

Or maybe a combination of both.

But the following celebrities each suffered legitimate mental breakdowns at some point in their careers.

Were you aware that all these stars carried so much personal barrage at times?

1. Mischa Barton

Mischa Barton
The former OC star sadly ends up on this list twice. She claimed she was suicidal and was placed in 5150 psychiatric hold against her will back in 2009. She then exhibited off behavior in the backyard of her West Hollywood apartment and agreed with police in 2017 that she needed to seek help from a doctor.

2. Kanye West

Kanye West
His ranting went from funny to frightening in late 2016 when he allegedly attacked an employee at the gym and then willingly spent nine days in a hospital, receiving assistance.

3. Britney Spears

Britney Spears
The most famous of them all, right? After so many years in the spotlight at a young age, Britney snapped in 2009, culiminating in the shaving of her own head. She was also placed in a 5150 hold.

4. Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe
During the 1960 filming of The Misfits, which would become her last completed movie, Monroe was admitted to the Westside Hospital in Los Angeles for a nervous breakdown. She later died of a drug overdose.

5. Demi Lovato

Demi Lovato
Lovato checked herself into a treatment facility in the fall of 2010, later telling Seventeen magazine that she had a nervous breakdown and realized she needed help after her manager and parents pulled her aside for an intervention. She has been very open since about her eating disorder and former drug use.

6. Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey
Following the bombing of her film Glitter at the box office, Carey was taken to a hospital July of 2001 in Westchester County, New York and then moved to another hospital in Connecticut. She was released in late August.

7. Amanda Bynes

Amanda Bynes
She had a very bad 2012. She drove drunk. She started a fire in her neighbor’s driveway. This behavior placed Bynes on a 72-hour psychiatric hold, which was eventually extended to 30 more days while Bynes’ mother was granted conservatorship over Bynes and her $4 million estate.

8. Kate Moss

Kate Moss
Kate Moss told Vanity Fair that the effects of a sultry shoot she did as a teenager with Mark Wahlberg landed her in bed for two weeks. She eventually conferred with a doctor and was given Valium.

9. Margot Kidder

Margot Kidder
The actress was best known for playing Lois Lane in the original Superman movie. She was writing her memoir in 1996 when a computer virus destroyed all of her writings, turning her world upside down. Soon afterward, she started to believe that her ex-husband was trying to kill her, which led her to cut her own hair with a razor in an attempt to disguise herself. She was discovered by police on the street and treated for depression.

10. Sinead O'Connor

Sinead O'Connor
In 2012, the Irish singer pleaded for psychiatric help on Twitter. In a later incident, she was reported missing in Chicago, sparking fears that she was suicidal. The artist was eventually found and given medical attention.

11. Meat Loaf

Meat Loaf
At the peak of his success, Meat Loaf threatened to jump off a skyscraper. "I don't really relate to myself in any form or fashion as any kind of star," he said just before going on tour in 2011. "And that's what I had a nervous breakdown about."

12. Carrie Fisher

Carrie Fisher
May she rest in peace. The beloved late star told The Daily Mail once that she "went completely off the rails," after she was videotaped in a manic state aboard a cruise ship. Prior to her death, Fisher had long been open about her bipolar illness, which often served as a basis for her brilliant performance art and humor. As Fisher once put it: "I'm very sane about how crazy I am."

13. Charlie Sheen

Charlie Sheen
He was never admitted to the hospital and never categorized his behavior as a "breakdown." But come on, right?

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