Among famous people with bipolar disorder is the Emmy-winning actress Mariette Hartley, who has appeared in numerous television shows and starred in a popular series of commercials in the 1970s. However, her family life was troubled — she lost both her father and an uncle to suicide, and her mother also attempted to take her own life. In 1994, Hartley started having suicidal thoughts and was misdiagnosed with depression, and later ADD. The third diagnosis — bipolar disorder — was the correct one.
It was difficult for Hartley to speak publicly about her condition, but she decided to take the chance to educate others. In a USA Today article, the actress emphasized the importance of getting the right treatment: “If you are on the right medication … stay on it and don’t change. But if it doesn’t seem to be working, then go to a doctor and find the right one for you.”