10 Celebrities Who Embrace Their Mental Health Issues

By: Ileana Paules-Bronet

One of the most common effects of suffering with mental illnesses or disabilities is feeling alone. Depression and anxiety, two of the most common mental disorders, are great at making people feel isolated. It’s this crazy feeling – you know on a rational level that other people are experiencing the same feelings, but somehow you also know that nobody has ever felt the same way you do. And until recently, a lot of people didn’t talk about mental health problems. Over the past few years, however, people have been more open about their own mental health, which has put it in the public spotlight even more. A lot of celebrities have been speaking out about their struggles, so whenever you’re feeling alone, just remember that you definitely aren’t.

1. Lady Gaga

“I’ve suffered through depression and anxiety my entire life, I still suffer with it every single day. I just want these kids to know that that depth that they feel as human beings is normal. We were born that way. This modern thing, where everyone is feeling shallow and less connected? That’s not human.”

2. Kerry Washington:

“My brain and my heart are really important to me. I don’t know why I wouldn’t seek help to have those things be as healthy as my teeth. I go to the dentist. So why wouldn’t I go to a shrink?”

3. Glenn Close:

“Not talking about mental health issues means that the toxic stigma that is still out there will continue to keep people from asking for help, from getting the treatment they need and from helping people to understand that a mental illness is a chronic disease, like any other chronic disease. You are not your illness.”

4. Troian Bellisario:

“I started self-harming when I was a junior. I would withhold food or withhold going out with my friends, based on how well I did that day in school… I didn’t know what was right and what was wrong, so I think I created this bizarre system of checks and balances to create order in my world. But it really backfired.”

5. Sarah Silverman:

“People use ‘panic attack’ very casually out here in Los Angeles, but I don’t think most of them really know what it is. Every breath is labored. You are dying. You are going to die. It’s terrifying. And then when the attack is over, the depression is still there.”

6. Kristen Stewart:

“I was constantly anxious. I was kind of a control freak. If I didn’t know how something was going to turn out, I would make myself ill, or just be locked up or inhibited in a way that was really debilitating.”

7. Justin Bieber:

“I always leave feeling mentally and emotionally exhausted to the point of depression. The pressure of meeting people’s expectations of what I’m supposed to be is so much for me to handle and a lot on my shoulders.”

8. Emma Stone:

“The first time I had a panic attack I was sitting in my friend’s house, and I thought the house was burning down. I called my mom and she brought me home, and for the next three years it just would not stop.”

9. Lena Dunham:

“Promised myself I would not let exercise be the first thing to go by the wayside when I got busy with Girls Season 5 and here is why: it has helped with my anxiety in ways I never dreamed possible. To those struggling with anxiety, OCD, depression: I know it’s mad annoying when people tell you to exercise, and it took me about 16 medicated years to listen. I’m glad I did it.”

10. John Green:

“Like millions of others, I take medication to help treat my mental illness. Treating chronic medical conditions must not be stigmatized.”
Are there any celebrities who have inspired you during your mental health journey? Let us know in the comments below!


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