Just like any Physical Disease, Mental Health Illnesses are serious conditions which affect your life, taking no prisoners. Your age, gender, sexuality, race and occupation doesn’t make a difference. You could be a student in class right now, an accountant having a busy day in the office, a builder building someone’s future home or an award winning singer or actress in the public eye. The latter of whom people tend to question more often. How could they be depressed when they have a great life? And yes looking in from the outside they may be successful, live in a big expensive house with a flashy car and have lots of money but money can’t buy happiness. They’re just like everyone else. Human.
Below is a list of 10 celebrities living with mental health issues who may be able to provide you with some insight and advice.
Demi Lovato, 28
Grammy Nominated Singer, Song writer and Actress Demi Lovato was diagnosed with Bipolar disorder, Depression, Bulimia and Anorexia at the age of 18. She has also suffered from Anxiety, Suicidal thoughts, Self-harm and substance abuse. Lovato opened up to Elle Magazine saying “You know entering rehab while you’re on Disney channel, it was kind of like, everything was magnified, in the spotlight. It’s quite the headline. And I couldn’t get around it. So I thought, you know, I can use this to help others. And that’s what I did.” Ever since then she’s been outspoken about her issues, previously stating at the National Council for Behavioral Health in Washington DC that “I think it’s important that people no longer look at mental illness as something taboo to talk about,” she said at the National Council for Behavioral Health in Washington DC. “It’s something that’s extremely common, one in five adults has a mental illness, so basically everyone is essentially connected to this problem and this epidemic. The problem with mental illness is people don’t look at it as a physical illness. When you think about it, the brain is actually the most complex organ in your body. We need to treat it like a physical illness and take it seriously.”
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Dwayne Johnson, 49
Dwayne Johnson A.K.A The Rock may have made the transition from professional wrestler to the highest paid actor in the world (2016) but he actually suffers from depression. Starting a conversation a round mental health Johnson opens up in a Youtube Video about his own mental health, saying, “I found that, with depression, one of the most important things you could realize is that you’re not alone,” Adding that, “You’re not the first to go through it; you’re not going to be the last to go through it. And oftentimes—it happens—you just feel like you’re alone. You feel like it’s only you. You’re in your bubble. And I wish I had someone at that time who could just pull me aside and [say], ‘Hey, it’s gonna be OK. It’ll be OK.’ So, I wish I knew that.”
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Emma Stone, 32
Academy Award Winning (Oscars) Actress Emma Stone has suffered from Anxiety and Panic Attacks since the age of 7, telling the Wall Street Journal. that, “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,” She also opened up to Rolling Stone about living with Anxiety. “Not a hallucination, just a tightening in my chest, feeling I couldn’t breathe, like the world was going to end. There were some flare-ups like that, but my anxiety was constant.” She added: “At a certain point, I couldn’t go to friends’ houses anymore – I could barely get out the door to school.” Along with therapy, Stone found comfort in performing which helped her to overcome her anxiety.
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Shawn Mendes, 22
Shawn Mendes, the Multi platinum recording artist who got his start on Vine and Youtube suffers from anxiety. “It was kind of something that hit me within the last year. Before that, growing up, I was a pretty calm kid, super steady,” Mendes told Beats 1’s Zane Lowe. “I knew people who had suffered from anxiety and found it kind of hard to understand, but then when it hits you, you’re like, ‘Oh my God, what is this? This is crazy.’ That song is complete truth and the best thing about it is, it’s not all down. The whole reason I wrote [‘In My Blood’] was to be like, at the end, ‘It’s not in my blood to do that.’ ”
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Gina Rodriguez, 35
Golden globe Nominee and Star of Jane the Virgin Gina Rodriguez suffers from Anxiety. Of which she opened up about on her Instagram, stating that, “I suffer from anxiety. And watching this clip I could see how anxious I was but I empathize with myself. I wanted to protect her and tell her it’s ok to be anxious, there is nothing different or strange about having anxiety and I will prevail. I like watching this video. It makes me uncomfortable but there is a freedom I feel maybe even an acceptance. This is me. Puro Gina.”
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Shannon Purser, 23
The Actress who played Barb in Strangers things and Ethel Muggs in Riverdale revealed on twitter that she used to struggle with self-harm. “*TRIGGER WARNING* I haven’t self-harmed in years, but I kept this around, ‘just in case.’ I forgot it was there & now it’s in the trash,” she wrote alongside a photo of a razor blade. She followed up with a second tweet that read, “Recovery is possible. Please don’t give up on yourself.”
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Pete Wentz, 41
The Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz has struggled with bipolar disorder for years and wants to make sure that people understand that there are different treatments for such complex mental health conditions. “I don’t take any medication,” Wentz told HuffPost Live in January. “I went to therapy … but I think the idea that there’s a one-size-fits-all [solution] is one of those myths. Everybody figures themselves out in different ways.” Also telling PEOPLE Magazine that “Living with purpose and having a schedule with my family has brought me balance. I think it can be different for everyone, but for me, just being able to talk through things, meditate and exercise has been helpful.”
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Kristen Bell, 40
The Broadway and Movie star Kristen bell who’s stared in Veronica Mars and played Anna in Frozen has suffered with depression since college, stating that. “I felt plagued with a negative attitude and a sense that I was permanently in the shade. I’m normally such a bubbly, positive person, and all of a sudden I stopped feeling like myself.” In an essay for Motto she wrote, “There’s nothing weak about struggling with mental illness. For me, depression is not sadness. It’s not having a bad day and needing a hug. It gave me a complete and utter sense of isolation and loneliness. Its debilitation was all-consuming, and it shut down my mental circuit board. I felt worthless, like I had nothing to offer, like I was a failure. Now, after seeking help, I can see that those thoughts, of course, couldn’t have been more wrong. It’s important for me to be candid about this so people in a similar situation can realize that they are not worthless and that they do have something to offer. We all do.”
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J.K. Rowling, 55
J.K Rowling may be the most famous living writer in the world, but the Harry Potter author suffers from depression and OCD. Telling Oprah Winfrey that “It’s so difficult to describe [depression] to someone who’s never been there, because it’s not sadness, but it’s that cold absence of feeling — that really hollowed-out feeling.” She also told the Sunday Times of London, “I went through a really rough time, and I am quite proud that I got out of that.” Her battle with OCD actually informed a character in her book, The Casual Vacancy.
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Pete Davidson, 27
The comedian, actor and SNL alum Pete Davidson suffers from Borderline Personality disorder. Explaining on the WTF With Marc Maron podcast “I found out I have BPD, which is borderline personality disorder.” “One of my psychiatrists [diagnosed me]. He was always saying before this big meltdown, ‘You’re probably bipolar or borderline, we’re just going to have to figure it out.’ “ Even with his new diagnosis Davidson is still figuring out how to handle the disorder. “It is working, slowly but surely,” Davidson said. “I’ve been having a lot of problems. This whole year has been a f—— nightmare. This has been the worst year of my life, getting diagnosed with this and trying to figure out how to learn with this and live with this.”
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