Belgian kickboxer Jean-Claude Van Damme has appeared in numerous action films, including Bloodsport, Sudden Death, and Universal Soldier. While his movie career took off, though, Van Damme's personal life was unraveling. He was divorced four times, charged with spousal abuse, and addicted to cocaine.
However, things started to come together after his diagnosis of rapid-cycling bipolar. He tells E! Online, "You just have to take a little salt [the drug sodium valproate], and since I'm doing that it's, like, BOOM! In one week, I felt it kick in. All the commotion around me, all the water around me, moving left and right around me, became like a lake."
Actress Linda Hamilton is best known for her role as Sarah Connor in Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day. She also starred in the TV series Beauty and the Beast. Despite her professional success, though, she was self-medicating with drugs and alcohol, and her bipolar mood swings damaged two marriages.
Hamilton struggled with symptoms of bipolar disorder for 20 years, a time she calls the "lost years," before overcoming it. Though she initially worried that treatment would diminish her talents, she is now on medication and speaks openly about being bipolar.
"Somebody needs to come out and make this okay for people to talk about and get help and take advantage of the resources," she tells the Associated Press.