12 Historic Leaders Who Struggled With Mental Illness

Published February 9, 2017
Updated February 10, 2017

When we closely examine history’s most impactful leaders, we often find common traits like boldness, eloquence, and creativity. But what about those characteristics that aren’t necessarily as celebrated?

Indeed, a more detailed appraisal reveals a darker side to the pinnacle of leadership attained by so few. Let’s take a look at these unforgettable leaders who have not only gone to battle to create their idea of a perfect polity, but also went to battle with themselves, internally waging war with mental illness:

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12 Historic Leaders Who Struggled With Mental Illness
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Next, discover the history of mental illness through the ages. Then, check out five horrifying historical "cures" for mental illness.

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