Isaac Newton and Bipolar Disorder

The recognized genius Isaac Newton is believed to have had a bipolar disorder. It is known that Newton suffered from mood swings and psychotic tendencies. Some people theorize his behavior was evidence of a bipolar disorder, while others cite delusional letters written by Newton as evidence of schizophrenia.

Fast Facts:

  • Sir Isaac Newton was a brilliant thinker specializing in physics and mechanics.
  • Some people credit Newton's mental disorders to the traumatic experiences of the death of his father and separation from his mother before Isaac turned eleven years old.
  • An estimated 2.3 million people in the United States have a bipolar disorder.
  • Other famous people in history believed to have had a bipolar disorder include Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Ernest Hemingway, and Charles Dickens.