Good Night, Sweet Princess – Fisher Championed For Sufferers of Bipolar Disorder and Addiction
Carrie Fisher, who passed away on December 26 from a heart attack at the age of 60, was among the first Hollywood celebrities who talked openly about mental illness, particularly bipolar disorder and addiction.
Call it irony, kismet, serendipity, or what you will – but the tragic timing of the death of her mother, Debbie Reynolds (84) was lost on no one. While Debbie’s age as an octagenarian likely played a role, some say Ms. Reynolds simply died of a broken heart.
Fisher suffered from bipolar disorder, cocaine addiction, and alcoholism – conditions that commonly occur together. She never held back about her issues, however – and in fact, would not let herself be defined by them.
Much of the world morns Princess Leia, but Fisher was much more than that. She was emboldened, funny, and had a powerful message for those who suffer from mental illnesses. She brought a face to bipolar disorder, and for some, became their champion.
Some may not have known that Fisher was also an accomplished author, but those who did quickly put! her books back on the bestseller list.
As of Wednesday, Fisher’s most recent book, The Princess Diarist, was the #1 book on Amazon. The memoir was released in November, and offers excerpts from a diary she kept during the filming of the original Star Wars (1977). In addition, her 2008 memoir Wishful Drinking came in at #7. Her semi-autobiographical novel, Postcards From the Edge, ranked #9.
Carrie Fisher, Wishful Drinking:
“Happy is one of the many things I’m likely to be over the course of a day and certainly over the course of a lifetime. But I think if you have the expectation that you’re going to be happy throughout your life – more to the point, if you have a need to be comfortable all the time – well, among other things, you have the makings of a classic drug addict or alcoholic.”
~ G. Nathalee Serrels, M.A, Psychology