It used to be that celebrities would hide their mental health and addiction problems, usually until they would implode in public. Now there are many celebrities who are openly telling the world that they’ve struggled with mental health issues and aren’t ashamed to admit it.
There are many collections of quotes from celebrities all over the internet where they confess their mental health battles, and People just did a collection of over thirty celebrities and how they overcame depression and anxiety. Here’s a sample of what they have to say about their personal struggles:
*Gabourey Sidibe, star of Precious, said she accepted “depression as something that’s part of my anatomy; it’s part of my chemistry, it’s part of my biology. We all should see a therapist. If only for the hour a week that you can talk about yourself and not worry about monopolizing the conversation? F-ing do it, it’s worth it!”
*Emma Stone told Rolling Stone she was convinced the house was burning down
when she was seven. She was so terrified, she almost couldn’t go to school. She credits therapy and comedy improve with bringing her back.
“You have to be present in improve, and that’s the antithesis of anxiety.”
*Lady Gaga told Today that she suffered from PTSD.
“But the kindness that’s shown to me by doctors as well as my family, and my friends, it’s really saved my life. My own trauma in my life has helped me to understand the trauma of others.”
*Shannon Purser, from the hit Netflix series Stranger Things, has been tweeting
about her battles with self-harm, telling people, “Recovery is possible. Please don’t
give up on yourself.”
*Rachel Bloom from Crazy Ex-Girlfriend credits meditating with keeping
her sane. “[It has] helped me to focus on the present and to not see every great thing as my thing to f’up … I try to say to myself, ‘Hey, you only live once. Go along for the ride. Do your best.’ “
*Amanda Seyfried, who suffered from OCD, said that mental problems,
“Should be taken as seriously as anything else. You don’t see the mental illness: It’s not a mass; it’s not a cyst. But it’s there. Why do you need to prove it? If you can treat it, you can treat it.”
*And Catherine Zeta-Jones, who admitted to suffering from bipolar II disorder, said, “If my revelation of having bipolar II has encouraged one person to seek help, then it is worth it. There is no need to suffer silently and there is no shame in seeking help”