13. Nikola Tesla
Some have called the exceptionally talented inventor, physicist, mechanical and electrical engineer Nikola Tesla “the man who invented the 20th century”. His work pioneered modern electrical engineering and many of his discoveries were of groundbreaking importance. He is best known for his numerous revolutionary contributions to the discipline of electricity and magnetism and filed more than 700 patents. After his demonstration of wireless radio communication in 1893 and after becoming the victor in the “War of Currents”, he was widely respected as America’s greatest electrical engineer. Tesla Motors is named after him because he created both the induction motor and alternating current power transmission. But while Tesla contributed to the advancement of human life, his personal life was plagued by OCD. Tesla was a germophobe, hated touching round objects, and disliked hair other than his own. He also found jewelry repulsive and preferred that things were either in threes or in numbers divisible by 3. At meals, the scientist insisted on estimating the mass of everything he was about to consume, always used 18 napkins and refused to eat alone with a woman.
12. Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake was a member of the famous Mickey Mouse Club and has been pretty prolific as a singer-songwriter, record producer, dancer, and actor. After making it big as the lead singer of ‘N Sync, Justin released his first solo album Justified way back in 2002 followed by FutureSex/LoveSounds in 2006 with the U.S. number-one hit singles “SexyBack”, “My Love,” and “What Goes Around Comes Around”. Justin has said that he has a tricky combination of OCD and attention deficit disorder, “you try living with that. It’s complicated” he has admitted. Justin has to make sure that things are lined up perfectly and makes sure that the fridge is stocked only with certain foods. Despite his struggles with OCD and ADD, which are often diagnosed together and present early in childhood, especially for boys, Justin still loves to perform and certainly hasn’t been held back from living or huge career success.
11. Lena Dunham
Lena Dunham has been unusually frank about her struggles with OCD, even exploring the subject openly on her hit TV series, Girls through the OCD affliction of her semi-autobiographical character Hannah Horvath. In a recent interview with The New Yorker about her book “Not That Kind of Girl”, she described her experiences: “Sitting with my mother in the beauty salon one afternoon, I came across an article about obsessive compulsive disorder. A woman described her life, so burdened with obsessions that she had to lick art in museums and crawl on the sidewalk. Her symptoms weren’t much worse than mine. When I was around nine, I was diagnosed with OCD. I was afraid of everything. The list of things that kept me up at night included appendicitis, typhoid, leprosy, unclean meat, and foods my mother hadn’t tasted first, so that, if we die, we die together. I went through a hypochondriacal phase: AIDS, jaundice — you name it, I had it. Then I started counting. I was obsessed by the number eight. I will forever feel grateful that, instead of assaulting me with a barrage of medications, my mother decided I should learn to meditate. Meditation made it possible for me to process what I was going through. My OCD isn’t gone, and maybe it never will be. Maybe it’s part of who I am. And, for now, that seems OK.”