Sometimes it’s very hard to admit to yourself that you have problems especially if they’re not obvious. This is especially true with Hollywood celebs — they feel like they don’t have anything to worry about. However, red carpet photoshoots portray a picture that is far different from reality. Some celebs have found the strength to open up about their mental struggles. Perhaps their example will help other people who are hesitant to ask for help.
Bright Side wants to tell you about some famous people who suffered from mental illnesses and how they were able to deal with them.
Mariah Carey, bipolar disorder
Recently, Mariah Carey told People magazine that she hid her diagnosis for 17 years because she was afraid it would ruin her career. In 2001, she checked into the hospital while suffering from a nervous breakdown and physical exhaustion. She was diagnosed with bipolar II disorder. This mental disorder is defined as a period characterized by a good mood with bursts of positive energy, followed by depression, powerlessness, and loss of motivation. “I was ashamed of my diagnosis, refused to treat it, and made myself believe that my illness didn’t exist,” the singer said. For many years she lived in fear that someone would find out about her secret. According to Mariah, the last 2 years were the hardest time of her life. After that, she decided to open up about her problem and started treatment.
Stephen Fry, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Mel Gibson, and Sinead O’Connor all suffer from the same disease as Mariah Carey.
J. K. Rowling, depression
The famous writer confessed that after she divorced her first husband, she was left penniless, got very depressed, and felt suicidal. She was saved from harming herself by her little daughter and her doctor. Rowling describes her depression as the absence of feeling anything as well as the hope that you can get better. “I have never been remotely ashamed of having been depressed. I went through a really rough time and I am quite proud that I got out of that,” the writer said.
Several other celebs spoke about having similar struggles with depression like Beyonce, Prince Harry of Wales, Hugh Laurie, Cara Delevingne, Jim Carrey, Ellen DeGeneres, Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus, and Dwayne Johnson.
David Beckham, OCD
When Beckham walks into a hotel room, he can’t relax until his things are in the right place and all the magazines are put in the right order. He’s suffering from OCD, otherwise known as obsessive-compulsive disorder. It’s a mental state where people feel the need to check things repeatedly and perform certain routines over and over again. “I have to have everything in a straight line or everything has to be in pairs,” David says. All the things in his house have to be placed in a strict order, including food in the fridge. OCD is one of the most exhausting mental disorders and by speaking openly about it, David hopes that more men will ask doctors for help.
Leonardo DiCaprio, Lena Dunham, Megan Fox, Jessica Alba, and Cameron Diaz were diagnosed with OCD as well.
Emma Stone, panic attacks
The La-la-land star has suffered from panic attacks since she was 7 years old. These unexplainable, agonizing attacks of great anxiety and fear are often accompanied by a fever, vomiting, excessive sweating, and feeling faint. During The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, the actress said that she suffered from anxiety as a child and was seeing a therapist. The treatment helped her cope with panic attacks. Now Emma Stone cooperates with Child Mind Institute, an organization that helps children deal with mental disorders.
Dakota Johnson, Zayn Malik, and Sarah Silverman know firsthand about panic attacks.
Ryan Reynolds, anxiety
Ryan Reynolds was raised by a strict father and has been suffering from anxiety since childhood. It’s a general unexplained feeling of anxiety accompanied by nervousness, shivering, an increased heart rate, and dizziness. The actor’s anxiety reached its peak after filming Deadpool, a film that Reynolds starred in and produced. The stakes were high, he was afraid to disappoint his fans and was worried that the movie wouldn’t be a big hit. Due to his constant anxiety, Reynolds couldn’t sleep.
“It was for so long I had a feeling that I was losing it, I couldn’t tell the day from the night,” the actor says. Eventually, the actor was diagnosed with a nervous breakdown. The doctors and his wife, Blake Lively helped him cope with it.
Kate Moss, Kim Basinger, and Johnny Depp also suffer from anxiety and nervous breakdowns.
Michael Phelps, ADHD
Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder is a behavioral disorder characterized by the inability to concentrate and retain information, a lack of self-control, and impulsiveness. The American Olympic Champion Swimmer, Michael Phelps, was diagnosed with ADHD when he was 9. He was a real trouble-maker. One of his teachers even said that Phelps would never succeed in life. Phelps had been taking special medicine for several years until he managed to cope with his disease without them. His mother Debbie along with swimming helped him cope with his symptoms.
ADHD was also a diagnosis received by Jim Carrey, Avril Lavigne, Justin Timberlake, Liv Tyler and Will Smith.
Demi Lovato, bulimia
Singer, Demi Lovato was diagnosed with bulimia after the end of a 6-year relationship with her boyfriend. Bulimia is characterized by overeating accompanied by the subsequent inducing of vomiting and an exaggerated concern about one’s own weight. Demi managed to cope with her illness and even made a documentary to show other people that a difficult problem like bulimia could be solved. Today she’s still recovering, but now controls her weight with a healthy diet and regular exercise.
The following celebs have also suffered from bulimia: Elton John, Nicole Scherzinger, and Jane Fonda. Mary-Kate Olsen, Nicole Richie, and Zayn Malik suffered from another eating disorder, anorexia.
All these celebrities opened up about their mental disorders to help make other people understand that they shouldn’t be ashamed of their illnesses and mental disorders. If any of your relatives suffer from similar diseases, show them this article. Maybe it will encourage them to change their life for the better.