Mental health ailments, such as depression, anxiety, stress, bipolar disorder, and panic attacks amongst others are as real as they can possibly get, and even though you can’t feel the emergence of a cyst or a mole, the symptoms are still pretty real and agonizing. Like all human beings, movie stars, musicians and celebrities are not immune to the plaguing onset of mental health ailments, and many celebrities have put aside their perfect image and opened up about their struggles.
It is always inspiring to see your favourite celebrities and artists you admire open up about their mental health struggles, and it allows us to feel less conscious and insecure about our own emotional and mental turmoil.
We’ve compiled an inspiring list of 30 celebrities who have shared iconic and powerful stories that motivate us all to value and nurture our mental health just as we protect our bodily health.
Here, take a look:
1. Lady Gaga
In 2016, Lady Gaga shared her ordeal in an interview with The Mirror, she said,
“I openly admit to having battled depression and anxiety and I think a lot of people do. I think it’s better when we all say: ‘Cheers!’ And ‘fess up to it.”
2. Kristen Bell
Kristen Bell is a strikingly honest and powerful advocate of countering depression, and she is always speaking up to help out others suffering from this treacherous mental health ailment. In 2016, she penned down a beautifully heart-touching essay for Motto, here is a mighty excerpt from her piece,
“Here’s the thing: 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.”
3. Ryan Reynolds
Ryan had a difficult childhood, and he has always shared his deep-rooted issues with his fans to offer sufferers more clarity and guidance. In 2017, he shared a great deal about his anxiety issues in an interview with Variety for his recent movie, Deadpool. Ryan said,
“Our father was tough. He wasn’t easy on anyone. And he wasn’t easy on himself. I think the anxiety might have started there, trying to find ways to control others by trying to control myself. At the time, I never recognized that. I was just a twitchy kid.”
4. Mariah Carey
The beautiful singer shared her ordeal with bipolar disorder after her diagnosis in April in an interview with People,
“I was working and working and working. I was irritable and in constant fear of letting people down. It turns out that I was experiencing a form of mania. Eventually I would just hit a wall. I guess my depressive episodes were characterized by having very low energy. I would feel so lonely and sad — even guilty that I wasn’t doing what I needed to be doing for my career.”
5. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
Being a powerful and mighty wrestler and highly acclaimed actor, Dwayne Johnson reminds his fans that no one is immune from falling into the clutches of depression. In April, he shared a powerful tweet,
“Depression never discriminates. Took me a long time to realize it but the key is to not be afraid to open up. Especially us dudes have a tendency to keep it in. You’re not alone.”