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Famous Historical Anxiety Sufferers
« on: February 27, 2014, 12:50:14 PM »
I've started reading a lot about Charles Darwin, Immanuel Kant, and Andy Warhol. Specifically they suffered from health anxiety. For some reason it helps me to know that even these respected authorities of science, philosophy, art were going through things that I've gone through and still made huge contributions.

I was wondering if anybody else here had any interest in things like this, had read any books about historical hypochondria or other anxiety disorders.
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Re: Famous Historical Anxiety Sufferers
« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2014, 11:58:29 PM »
I don't know too much about him, but I read an article once (I think it was in the NY times maybe?) by Woody Allen - he is a hypochondriac.  And I know Howie Mandel deals with OCD.  OK - I wouldn't call them "historical," but they are famous people dealing with anxiety!!
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Re: Famous Historical Anxiety Sufferers
« Reply #2 on: April 01, 2014, 08:31:06 AM »
Henry viii also had health anxiety
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Re: Famous Historical Anxiety Sufferers
« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2014, 08:05:34 AM »
First one that comes to mind for me is Howard Hughes. 
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Re: Famous Historical Anxiety Sufferers
« Reply #4 on: April 02, 2014, 08:33:35 AM »
It all originates in the brain. Dostoyevsky had epilepsy altogether and he did mighty fine.
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Re: Famous Historical Anxiety Sufferers
« Reply #5 on: June 10, 2014, 01:23:00 PM »
I read that Cameron Diaz has anxiety, Donny Osmond suffered for years with debilitating panic attacks as does singer Adele.  I think Johnny Depp has admitted to severe social anxiety as well.
Sad that so many brilliant people suffer.
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Re: Famous Historical Anxiety Sufferers
« Reply #6 on: June 19, 2014, 12:20:32 AM »
Barbara Streisand had panic and refused to step on stage for over a decade.  Woody Allen is also a notorious hypochondriac.
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Re: Famous Historical Anxiety Sufferers
« Reply #7 on: September 29, 2014, 11:02:53 PM »
I've heard/read Abe Lincoln was a sufferer as well.

If he can handle the presidency with anxiety maybe I can handle my life.
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Re: Famous Historical Anxiety Sufferers
« Reply #8 on: September 30, 2014, 07:38:50 AM »
Not a historical figure, but interesting anyway. Perhaps you know that Dan Harris, TV reporter, also belongs to the club. He wrote a book you can get from the library. "10% Happier, how I tamed the voice in my head, reduced stress without losing my edge, and found self-help that actually works--a true story." It is a charming book, easy to read, makes us smile, helps us realize we are not alone. He is a fellow meditator.

As to Lincoln, I've read he also suffered bouts of depression. We are in good company.
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