Famous People with Depression
King Saul: He is thought to have had manic depression. It is said in the Old Testament the King was overcome with Sorrow and Melancholy. Davis supposedly played the harp and Saul would feel temporarily relived. It is said the he committed suicide in the Old Testament.
Isaac Newton (1643-1727): Though he is most famous for his studies on gravity, and physical laws, Newton is thought to have had manic depression as well. He had quite a few problems for his social ineptness. He was known to have problems with his insecurity and aggressiveness.
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865): One of the first presidents of the USA was very famous for his depression (which his friends called (“melancholia”). Some of the factors that may have started his depression were the deaths of his mother and siblings. He had a huge depressive episode in the winter of 1840 to 1841 from breaking his engagement.
Vincent Van Gough (1853-1890): Best known for his art, Van Gough had an eccentric personality and unstable moods. He was known to have re-occurring episodes of depression. He had bi-polar disorder. Each depression episode was followed by feelings of high energy and enthusiasm.