Known Criminals with Bipolar Disorder

Those who suffer from bipolar disorder have emotional extremes. Mania to depression, listlessness to recklessness, happiness to extreme anger. The intense mood swings caused by this disorder can last months in some people which creates a great disturbance around them. Bipolar disorder complications have been associated with legal troubles, suicide, and substance abuse, which in turn may lead to crime.

Fast Facts

  • Mary Kay Letourneau, sentenced to 7.5 years in prison for statutory rape, suffers from bipolar disorder.
  • The defense team for Jamie Rose Bolin, cannibalistic killer, cited bipolar disorder and sexual dysfunction as his motive.
  • It is difficult to use a bipolar diagnosis as an insanity plea unless the defense can prove the defendant also had no idea what he/she was doing wrong.
  • You can get more information about what it is like to live with bipolar disorder direct from psychiatrists.