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OZZY and Famous People with Bipolar Lists (from Abou...
"I am a raging alcoholic and a raging addict and I didn't want to see my kids do the same thing."
"I can honestly say, all the bad things that ever happened to me were directly, directly attributed to drugs and alcohol. I mean, I would never urinate at the Alamo at nine o'clock in the morning dressed in a woman's evening dress sober."
About Bipolar Disorder:
List after list of famous people with bipolar disorder includes Ozzy. Multiple websites say that he was either diagnosed with or "developed" bipolar disorder after he divorced his first wife. How did this rumor get started?
Intensive searching brought to light just one site claiming to have documentation -- Wikipedia, which says the citation is from VH1's "Heavy: The History of Metal" in 2006. However, the Ozzy Osbourne biography on the VH1 website does not mention this, nor is anything about Ozzy being bipolar anywhere on the VH1 website. And an extensive search of the internet yields not a single quote from Osbourne himself stating that he has bipolar disorder.
Certainly his life bears many hallmarks of manic depression -- suicide attempts, outrageous behavior, alcohol and drug abuse. But -- the behavior and the drugs also fit the profile of a boy too young to have good judgment catapulted into rock and roll stardom at a time when drugs were the "in" thing. In an interview with Observer Music Monthly Ozzy termed sex and drugs as "the spoils of war" -- that is, the perks that came with being a famous, even notorious, rock artist.
In the same interview is this passage:
Ozzy, who has therapy and attends alcoholic support groups, has been sober for two years ("something like that"), and only takes "official" medication. This involves pills for his condition (not Parkinson's disease, as has been inaccurately reported, but Parkinsonian syndrome, which causes his tremors), pills for the side-effects, and yet more pills to counteract their side-effects. He's hoping to get off these, too. "It's hard to keep up with them - you end up going crazy!"
There it is in black and white. Those are his medications. They are not medications for bipolar disorder.
If there is any proof that Ozzy Osbourne has bipolar disorder, that proof is well-hidden.