Everyone suffers from mental health issues at some point in their life. Everyone. Famous people are absolutely no exception to this rule! Have a look at some of the famous people that have stood up to be counted. Very brave, and very admirable.
You may know her as Princess Leia in the Star Wars saga, but off -creen she was a well-known women’s rights activist and progressive feminist. She also battled with substance misuse and bipolar disorder. Carrie wasn’t ashamed of her diagnosis and recognised it for what it was. She was a well known mental health activist as you can see on her website. Unfortunately, she died on the morning of December 27th 2016 with heart failure.
Strangely fitting for her music, Adele reveals that she has constant panic attacks and feelings of unworthiness. Adele told Q Magazine:
“I have anxiety attacks, constant panicking on stage, my heart feels like it’s going to explode because I never feel like I’m going to deliver, ever.
“I will not do festivals. The thought of an audience that big frightens the life out of me. I don’t think the music would work either. It’s all too slow. I’d hate to book a festival and have a ******* anxiety attack and then not go on stage.”
Famed in our family household for her role in the Mask of Zorro, Catherine has been outspoken in recent years about her battle with Bipolar Disorder. It’s been especially hard for her since she’s had to cope with her husband, Michael Douglas’ stage 4 throat cancer. She’s recently taken a back seat to the film industry to support her family.
You might know her from Easy A, or at least that’s when I was first introduced to her. Emma has been vocal to the Wall Street Journal that she’s suffered regular and ongoing panic attacks. She describes a situation in which she suffered extreme anxiety and imagined the house she was in burning down. For three years she had to check in with her mum just to check that it wasn’t.
Kicking it off for the dudes is Ryan Reynolds who credits his wife for seeing him through a bout of intense anxiety. I’m definitely one for blowing the wife trumpet because mine has saw me through a lot, too. Ryan tells the public that he didn’t sleep through the filming of Deadpool, and if he caught a wink he would be sleeping at a right angle.
An uber film celebrity with a few books on the way describes her mental health situation like this:
“When my son, Moses, came into the world in 2006, I expected to have another period of euphoria following his birth, much the way I had when my daughter was born two years earlier. Instead I was confronted with one of the darkest and most painfully debilitating chapters of my life.”
Can say I can relate to that. My wife and I both suffered from PND. Yes, men can get it too!
This man is one of my favourite film stars, and, he documented suffering from OCD (Obessive Compulsive Disorder) whilst filming Howard Hughes in the Aviator
I would call him a pioneer of his time really. A major league funnyman that had a film out there for everyone; but whilst making other people laugh he himself suffered from depression, paranoia and anxiety. He died in 2014 and will be sadly missed.
Justin Bieber admitted to taking Adderall for ADHD, but recently quit because it gave him anxiety. Early in 2016, he canceled meet-and-greets with fans, saying they left him feeling “drained and unhappy” and “mentally and emotionally exhausted to the point of depression.”
Happens to the best of us! Sometimes I don’t like going out of the house.
Another of my lifetime favourites. Can be found quoting:
‘”I was hiding out from the celebrity thing. I was smoking way too much dope. I was sitting on the couch and just turning into a doughnut, and I really got irritated with myself. I got to, ‘What’s the point? I know better than this.’I used to deal with depression, but I don’t now, not this decade – maybe last decade. But that’s also figuring out who you are. I see it as a great education, as one of the seasons or a semester, ‘This semester I was majoring in depression.’ I was doing the same thing every night and numbing myself to sleep, the same routine. I couldn’t wait to get home and hide out. But that feeling of unease was growing and one night I just said, ‘This is a waste.'”