Decades after her tragic death at the age of 36, Marilyn Monroe remains one of the most famous faces on earth.
However, behind the glamorous image was a woman who was struggling with various serious mental health issues.
Marilyn, who was born Norma Jeane Mortensen, struggled with horrific nightmares and constant insomnia, and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, as detailed in the book Marilyn: The Passion and the Paradox by Lois Banner.
“She was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and was often out of touch with reality,” the author wrote of the struggles that “haunted” Marilyn, according to the Times of India.
“And not to mention that she was in constant, horrible pain during her period.”
Marilyn had a troubled childhood as her mother spent time in a psychiatric hospital. Marilyn never met her father and spent her youth between foster families and an orphanage.
In addition, the icon was known to take various medications to cope with the stresses of her life.
Aside from being diagnosed with bipolar disorder, many have speculated that Marilyn also suffered from borderline personality disorder.
Claudia Kalb’s 2016 book Andy Warhol Was a Hoarder: Inside the Minds of History’s Great Personalities delves into the theory, with the author stating, “It is clear that Monroe suffered from severe psychological distress.”
According to Kalb, Marilyn’s symptoms included “a feeling of emptiness, a split or confused identity, extreme emotional volatility, unstable relationships, and an impulsiveness that drove her to drug addiction and suicide.”
Borderline Personality Disorder, or BPD, is defined by Bayo Clinic as “a mental health disorder that affects the way you think and feel about yourself and others and causes problems functioning in everyday life.
“These include issues with self-image, difficulty managing emotions and behavior, and a pattern of unstable relationships.”
Marilyn was admitted to the Payne Whitney Psychiatric Clinic in New York after opening up about her mental health issues.
She was reportedly being held in a padded cell and doctors allegedly called her a “very sick girl”.
“He told me I was a very, very sick girl and had been for many years,” the actress wrote in a letter.
“It had a very bad effect – they asked me after they put me in a ‘cell’ (I mean cement blocks and all) for very disturbed depressed patients, except I felt like I was there for a crime I didn’t commit had to be in some kind of prison.”
The new Netflix film Blonde, starring Cuban-Spanish actress Ana de Armas as Monroe, offers viewers a fictionalized retelling of the star’s life.
The biopic is based on the 2000 novel by Joyce Carol Oates, and the Motion Picture Association gave it an NC-17 rating for its graphic sexual nature.
Andrew Dominik, who directed the film, told Screen Daily in May 2010 that Monroe “embodies all the injustices done to the feminine, a sister, a Cinderella destined to live in the ashes”.
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