Winston Churchill

November 30th, 1874- January 24th 1965

Bipolar or not?

What did Winston Churchill have that aligns with Bipolar disorder symptoms?


  • you can’t sleep or you sleep too much… yes
  • you can’t concentrate or find that previously easy tasks are now difficult… yes
  • you feel hopeless and helpless… no
  • you can’t control your negative thoughts, no matter how much you try… yes
  • you have lost your appetite or you can’t stop eating… no
  • you are much more irritable, short-tempered, or aggressive than usual… yes
  • you’re consuming more alcohol than normal or engaging in other reckless behavior… yes
  • you have thoughts that life is not worth living … no

Known symptoms of bipolar disorder:

  • Feeling unusually “high” and optimistic OR extremely irritable… yes
  • Unrealistic, grandiose beliefs about one’s abilities or powers… yes
  • Sleeping very little, but feeling extremely energetic… yes
  • Talking so rapidly that others can’t keep up… no
  • Racing thoughts; jumping quickly from one idea to the next… yes
  • Highly distractible, unable to concentrate… yes
  • Impaired judgment and impulsiveness… yes
  • Acting recklessly without thinking about the consequences… yes

Delusions and hallucinations… no


Winston Churchill was considered a heavy drinker during the period of his later life, due to the fact that he would try to mask his bipolar habits. This is a significant factor of some people with bipolar disorder.


From all of these symptoms that Winston Churchill showed, I can conclude that he was bipolar and depressed by a clinical or psychological stand point.

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