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Tom Fletcher

Born: July 17, 1985

Occupation: Musician / Author / Vlogger

Challenges overcome: Bipolar Disorder

Successes, Achievements & Awards:

Tom Fletcher was born in Harrow, London and attended the  Sylvia Young Theatre School in London.

Tom Fletcher is a musician most famous for being the lead singer and guitarist for McFly and McBusted. He was born in London in 1985. He is the primary songwriter for McFly and has written 10 number 1 singles and 21 top ten singles in the UK. He has also written songs for One Direction, The Vamps, 5 Seconds of Summer and Busted. He holds a Guiness World Record for being part of the youngest band to have a debut album to go straight to number one, in 2004.

He has released two children’s stories with his McFly band mate Dougie Poynter. Tom is married to his high school sweetheart, Giovanna Falcone, and had a child with her in 2014, who they named Buzz Michelangelo Fletcher. Aside from his work with McFly, Tom is also a popular youtube vlogger, and most recently has returned to the music industry performing with rock pop super group McBusted.

Challenges Overcome

Tom was diagnosed with Bipolar disorder in 2010. Whilst watching a documentary starring Stephen Fry, who also suffers from Bipolar, Tom realised he had the condition. He admitted himself into rehab to overcome his issues with depression, eating problems and his bipolar.

Tom opened up in the McFly autobiography about his bipolar, saying that it had a big affect on McFly’s second album, Wonderland.

Disability Definitions

Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder, also known as bipolar affective disorder (and originally called manic-depressive illness), is a mental disorder characterised by periods of elevated mood and periods of depression. The elevated mood is significant and is known as mania or hypomania depending on the severity or whether there is psychosis. During mania an individual feels or acts abnormally happy, energetic, or irritable. They often make poorly thought out decisions with little regard to the consequences. The need for sleep is usually reduced. During periods of depression there may be crying, poor eye contact with others, and a negative outlook on life.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bipolar_disorder
www.mayoclinic.com/health/bipolar-disorder/DS00356
www.mind.org.uk
www.bipolaruk.org.uk

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Tom Fletcher. (2015, March 26). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 13:38, April 2, 2015, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Tom_Fletcher&oldid=653573092

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