Lord Clive did not suffer a mood disorder

Saxby Pridmore, Jack Dale, Jamshid Ahmadi

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    Objective: We aimed to clarify questions regarding Lord Clive's early suicidal behavior and mental health. Method: We examined various historical texts. Results: Clive suffered gallstones with episodes of cholecystitis. We could find no evidence that Clive engaged in suicidal behavior in his early life, nor evidence of a mood disorder (depression or bipolar disorder) throughout his life or at the time of his death. Conclusions: Although reports of famous people who have suffered mental disorders may help to decrease the stigma associated with these conditions, there is a need for caution before make such a diagnosis. In the case of Lord Clive, we could find no evidence of a major mood disorder.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)28-31
    Number of pages4
    JournalAustralasian Psychiatry
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2010


    • Depression
    • History
    • Lord Clive
    • Mood disorder
    • Suicide


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