Schizoaffective Disorder is a serious mental condition in which a person loses contact with real life. In Schizoaffective Disorder, a person experiences the symptoms of both Schizophrenia (like hallucinations or delusions) and Mood Disorder (like mania also known as mental and physical hyperactivity or depression).
While browsing through the net, I came across a few famous people who had Schizoaffective Disorder
- John Nash, the renowned mathematician and Professor – He was born on June 13, 1928 in Bluefield, West Virginia, USA. His father was John Forbes Nash and mother was Margaret Virginia Martin. He had one sister named Martha. His story of suffering with Schizoaffective Disorder was described in the movie ‘A Beautiful Mind’.
- Tom Harrell, the highly acclaimed Jazz Musician – He suffered Paranoid Schizophrenia since 18 years of age. But, he successfully overcame this disease by medication.
- Brian Wilson, a famous Beach Boy – He was born on June 20, 1942. He was an American pop musician, best known as a founding member, the main producer, composer, and arranger for ‘The Beach Boys’. Even after having this disease, he continued his career by doing recording and performing.
- Mary Todd Lincoln, wife of late President Abraham Lincoln – She was born on December 13, 1818 in Lexington, Kentucky. She suffered from Bipolar Disorder (a type of Schizoaffective Disorder). She had frequent headaches, presumably migraines. She suffered severe depression, anxiety and paranoia. She died on July 16, 1882.
- Eduard Einstein, Albert Einstein’s son – He was born on July 28, 1910 in Zurich. He was a good student and had musical talent. He started to study medicine to become a psychiatrist, but by the age of twenty he was afflicted with schizophrenia. He died on October 25, 1965 due to stroke.
- Meera Popkin, Broadway star – She was the star of Cats and Miss Saigon on Broadway and in London’s West End. At the pellicle of her career, she suffered with Schizophrenia and she soon recovered from this disease.
- Andy Goram, Scottish soccer player – He was born on April 13, 1964 in Bury. He started his career with Oldham Athletic and Hibernian.
- Lionel Aldridge, world-renowned Super Bowl winning football player – He was born on February 14, 1941 in Evergreen, LA. He worked as Sports Analyst in Milwaukee and for Packers radio till he developed Paranoid Schizophrenia. He died on February 12, 1998.
- Syd Barrett of Pink Floyd – He was born on January 6, 1946 in Cambridge, England. He was an English singer, songwriter, guitarist, painter, and also a founding member of the Pink Floyd band. He died on July 7, 2006.
- Alexander Spence of Moby Grape – He was born on April 18, 1946 in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. He was a musician, singer and songwriter. He was best known for his work with Jefferson Airplane and Moby Grape as a solo artist. His career came to an end due to Schizophrenia. He died on April 16, 1999.
- Bob Mosley of Moby Grape – He was born on December 4, 1942 in Paradise Valley, California. He was a well known bass player and one of the songwriters and vocalists for the band Moby Grape. His career was challenged due to Schizophrenia disorder but he still continued to write songs and record music.
No doubt, there are only a few famous people with Schizoaffective Disorder because this disorder affects people in early adulthood. But still some of them became successful in life despite suffering from this disorder. Read this poignant narrative of a person suffering from Schizoaffective Disorder
Listed below are some clinical trials investigating new treatments for Schizoaffective Disorder.