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Is Steve Jobs Bipolar?


Steve JobsWhen my first book The Bipolar Advantage came out, I almost made a version of it replacing my name with Steve Jobs to send to him. The two of us looked so alike at the time that even Apple employees would come up to me and ask if I was a Steve when I dressed like him.

14 thoughts on “Is Steve Jobs Bipolar?

  • August 26, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    I think you would need to know Steve personally. Such a diagnosis needs to made with one who has access to him on that level.

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  • August 26, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    Do you find yourself changing meds after being on them after long periods of time.I was digonoised with bipolar 14 years ago.

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  • August 30, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    Steve Jobs is one of the people I admire greatly. I’ve wondered if he is bipolar many times, but like you said, it’s really not important. Whatever condition he has (physical, mental or otherwise) he’s created a high standard. He can be a hero even to bipolars 🙂 He can be a hero to non-bipolars because as you said, he has accomplished a great deal and had great success with his plans, ideas and putting them into action. Bipolar or otherwise it matters not. A good example to keep in mind.

    Proof he’s bipolar? Only his doctors (hopefully a psychiatrist included) would know. If he is wouldn’t it be cool if he made it known? 🙂

    I know a couple of bipolar people who I consider heroes in my life. A dear fried, who has not become famous or rich but has made it through life sometimes struggling day to day, sometimes flying through musical successes. Is it too kiss up to say you are one of the bipolar people I look up to? I appreciate both your and my friend’s successes in life and ways you’ve pushed through to become better people. Life a hard battle from any point of view, becoming a better person makes it even more difficult but certainly an attainable goal.

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  • August 31, 2011 at 9:39 am

    I agree with Eva. One needs to know Jobs before they could come to that conclusion.

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  • August 31, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    Steve Jobs is a brilliant, dying man, and “gee, wouldn’t it be great if he was like us!!” seems callous. I’m sure his biographers will explore the question of mental illness, but maybe laying all that aside right now would be more thoughtful.

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  • October 7, 2011 at 3:27 am

    Rest in peace Steve Jobs. The man most likely was a genius and seems to have transformed the world.

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  • October 7, 2011 at 9:01 am

    I agree that before we can formulate a diagnosis, proper assessment must be done first.

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  • October 9, 2011 at 11:56 am

    Steve Jobs had amazing success without even a college degree. In these difficult economic times, it is important to get an education. However those that run universities know how valuable an education is these days and have raised the prices to take advantage. What can the average person do when it seems the choice is between no education and a mountain of debt?

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