UPDATED June 17th, 2017
April is Stress Awareness Month and all month long we’ve been looking not only at the toll stress can take in our lives and the lives of our children, but how best to manage and beat stress. Historically, though, there are famous stories of women whose stress got the best of them, to say the least. They went temporarily or permanently insane, and their sagas became part of history. Here are 8 stories of women known to the ages for going insane.
A child of aristocratic British parents, Woolf suffered her first mental breakdown following the death of her mother. The death of her father a few years later caused another round of illness. Without formal education, she was able to produce some of the most renown works of modern fiction. Woolf committed suicide in 1941 at the age of 59, after suffering from what was probably bipolar disorder.
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