It can be really hard to talk about what’s happening to you and how you feel about it, but someone else breaking the ice can help. It is a topic many still feel uncomfortable addressing.
However, more and more celebrities are coming forward publicly to speak about their mental health, how they sought help and want to help those who are suffering still to seek treatment.
Some of the people that we idolise, look up to and read about every day are not that different from us. Some will share the same diagnosis, some will be really successful regardless of their diagnoses, all are worth.
TW – this post includes quotes from celebs which make references to their own mental health and suicidal ideations. They do not contain graphic information regarding attempts.
#1 Ellen DeGeneres, depression. Ellen experienced depression and felt alienated after she came out. “For a long time, there was a lot of fear that [being gay] was going to influence people’s opinions about me…” “Depression eats away at your confidence and you get lost in that, and forget that you’re enough just as you are.” “You have no idea where the darkest times of your life might end, so you have to just keep going.”
#2 Leonardo DiCaprio, obsessive-compulsive disorder. “I’m able to say at some point, ‘OK, you’re being ridiculous, stop stepping on every gum stain you see. You don’t need to walk 20 feet back and put your foot on that thing.”
#3 Owen Wilson, depression. When his brother Luke found him after the attempted suicide, his family and friends were shocked. The public had been sceptical of the story, so Owen was honest and confirmed it was, in fact, a suicide attempt. His colleagues describe him as having gone through a healing process, and stated he’s back to his ‘funny, warm and sensitive’ self.”
#4 Mariah Carey, bipolar disorder. “Until recently I lived in denial and isolation and in constant fear someone would expose me. It was too heavy a burden to carry and I simply couldn’t do that anymore. I sought and received treatment, I put positive people around me and I got back to doing what I love.”
#5 J. K. Rowling, depression. “What’s to be ashamed of? I went through a really rough time, and I am quite proud that I got out of that.” “Failure meant a stripping away of the inessential. I stopped pretending to myself that I was anything other than what I was, and began to direct all my energy to finishing the only work that mattered to me. Had I really succeeded at anything else, I might never have found the determination to succeed in the one area where I truly belonged. I was set free, because my greatest fear had been realised, and I was still alive, and I still had a daughter whom I adored, and I had an old typewriter, and a big idea. And so rock bottom became a solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.”
#6 Donald Trump, obsessive-compulsive disorder. According to one of the most famous billionaires and the current president of the United States, he is afraid of germs, refuses to press elevator buttons and prefers not to shake people’s hands.
#7 Carrie Fisher, bipolar disorder. She went through electroconvulsive therapy to handle her depression. “They put you to sleep, they give you medication so there are no more convulsions or anything… it’s over very quickly and you go home and take a nap… some of my memories will never return. They are lost – along with the crippling feeling of defeat and hopelessness. Not a tremendous price to pay.”
“I have a chemical imbalance that, in its most extreme state, will lead me to a mental hospital, I am mentally ill. I can say that. I am not ashamed of that. I survived that, I’m still surviving it, but bring it on. Better me than you.” (The first time I read that sentence, it gave me chills)
#8 Elton John, bulimia. It often remains unspoken that men experience eating disorders, but they aren’t just exclusive to women. Elton experienced bulimia for sixteen years before he sought treatment. He said he thought he was in denial, and he thought it was something he could fix on his own.
#9 Ryan Reynolds, depression and anxiety. During the filming of Deadpool “I never, ever slept. Or I was sleeping at a perfect right angle – just sitting straight, constantly working at the same time… the expectations were eating me alive”.
#10 Jeremy Kyle, obsessive-compulsive disorder. In his autobiography, he talks about “the gambling, my OCD, licking my golf balls…” “I realised how ordered my life was, I get up and mop the kitchen floor at 2am. I lick my mobile phone to make sure it’s clean – I know it’s disgusting. I did lick golf balls too until somebody told me a guy in America who did that died because of the pesticides.”
#11 Demi Lovato, bipolar disorder and bulimia. A violent incident led her to get treatment. “Getting the diagnosis kind of explained why I would act out.” She has developed the Lovato Treatment Scholarship Program, which helps those who suffer from mental illness to get healthcare. “I just think mental illness is something people need to learn more about. I want people to know it’s okay to ask for help and it’s okay to have a mental illness.”
#12 Kristen Stewart, anxiety. “Between ages 15 and 20, it was really intense. I was constantly anxious. I was kind of a control freak. If I didn’t know how something was going to turn out, I would make myself ill, or just be locked up or inhibited in a way that was really debilitating.”
#13 Brad Pitt, depression. “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. Couldn’t wait to get home and hideout. But that feeling of unease was growing and one night I just said ‘this is a waste’.”
#14 Lily Allen, bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. Lily was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder after experiencing a stillbirth. She also experienced postnatal depression following the birth of her two children. “PTSD, postnatal depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, attachment disorder. You name it, I’ve had it all. Are they all symptoms of one thing? It’s a little bit like religion, it gives you something to believe in.”
#15 Adam Levine, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. “Throughout my life, I struggled with ADHD, it was hard for me at times to sit down, focus and get school work done. I was frustrated because of the challenges I was having in school. I was really struggling.” “I think now, people notice my ADHD as an adult on a daily basis. When I can’t pay attention, I really can’t pay attention.”
#16 Jim Carrey, depression and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. “I was on Prozac for a long time, it may have helped me out of a jam for a little bit, but people stay on it forever. I had to get off at a certain point because I realised that, you know, everything’s just okay.”
#17 Jessica Alba, obsessive-compulsive disorder. “I used to unplug every single appliance in my house or I’d double-check every door in my house to make sure it was locked at night. It was like a panic comes over me and I had to do something, and once I did it, I was okay… it was really me needing to control something.”
#18 David Walliams, bipolar disorder. Fame made David rich and popular. There was a period where he became addicted to sex in a hope that sex might dislodge the sadness. “Unfortunately there’s this stigma and I feel like people don’t seek help. It’s very hard when you get a letter from someone saying “I’m thinking about killing myself.” You feel a huge responsibility in the way that you respond to that person. They’re a total stranger, you know nothing about their situation other than what they’ve told you a letter. You’re not a trained medical person, so I always say to people in that situation ‘you should tell your family, tell your friends and seek help’.”
#19 Angelina Jolie, depression. Angelina opened up about battling depression in her teens, blaming her upbringing in California for her unhappiness. “I grew up in LA, where the focus is very inward. I didn’t know why I was so destructive and miserable. I didn’t appreciate or understand my life.”
“I was raised in a place where if you have fame and money and you’re decent looking and have the ability to work in this industry, you have everything in the world. Then you attain those things and realise you still couldn’t be more empty. I didn’t know where to put myself.”
#20 Olivia Munn, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder and trichotillomania. “I don’t bite my nails, but I rip out my eyelashes. It doesn’t hurt, but it’s really annoying. Every time I run out of the house, I have to stop and pick up a whole set of fake eyelashes.”
“OCD comes from a place of needing to feel safe… I had it growing up, having had a little bit of a tumultuous upbringing, moving around a lot with a mixed family with five kids.”
#21 Gwyneth Paltrow, post-partum depression. “When my son, 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.”
#22 David Beckham, obsessive-compulsive disorder. “I’ve got this obsessive-compulsive disorder where I have to have everything in a straight line or everything has to be in pairs. I’ll put my Pepsi cans in the fridge and if there’s one too many then I’ll put it in another cupboard somewhere… everything has to be perfect.”
#23 Eminem, depression. Marshall has long battled internal demons. He has been addicted to a pharmacy of drugs – self-medicating his depression and anger. “And when I went to rehab that time I wasn’t ready to go. So when I came out I relapsed pretty much right away, within a week. I was still writing at that time and trying to do my producer thing. I was sitting in rehab reflecting for the first time in a while. I felt like I needed to pull back from the spotlight because it was getting out of control. I mean, you could blame my drug problem on genetics, you could blame it on my career and the way it took off, or you could just blame it on me.”
#24 Catherine Zeta-Jones, bipolar disorder. Catherine disappeared from the spotlight to deal with her disorder. “I never wanted to be as open about it as I was. I have a British stiff-upper-lip mentality. I’m not the kind of person who likes to shout out my personal issues from the rooftops but, with my bipolar becoming public, I hope fellow sufferers will know it is completely controllable. I hope I can help remove any stigma attached to it, and that those who don’t have it under control will seek help with all that is available to treat it. If I’ve helped anyone by discussing bipolar or depression, that’s great.”
#25 Lady Gaga, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. “My own trauma in my life has helped me to understand the trauma of others”. “I was angry, cynical and had this deep sadness like an anchor dragging everywhere I go. I just didn’t feel like fighting anymore. I didn’t feel like standing up for myself one more time – to one more person who lied to me. I really felt like I was dying – my light completely out. I said to myself ‘whatever is left in there, even just one light molecule, you will find it and make it multiply’. You have to for you. You have to for your music. You have to for your fans and family.”
#26 Michael Phelps, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. “For Phelps, a gangly, hyperactive child who was diagnosed with the condition aged nine, the swimming pool was a sanctuary, a place to burn off excess energy. The concept of role models can seem an overused cliche but the Olympians with ADHD may really inspire a generation of athletes who once would have been written off.”
#27 Princess Diana, bulimia and post-partum depression. “I was unwell with post-natal depression, which no one ever discussed… and that in itself was a bit of a difficult time. You’d wake up in the morning feeling you didn’t want to get out of bed, you felt misunderstood, and just very, very low in yourself. When no one listens to you, or you feel no one’s listening to you, all sorts of things start to happen. For instance, you have so much pain inside yourself that you try and hurt yourself on the outside because you want help, but it’s the wrong help you’re asking for. People see it as crying wolf or attention-seeking and they think because you’re in the media all the time you’ve got enough attention, I didn’t like myself, I was ashamed because I couldn’t cope with the pressures.”
#28 Wentworth Miller, depression. Wentworth contemplated taking his own life after coming out. “It gets better. One day you’ll find your tribe. You just have to trust that people are out there waiting to love you and celebrate you for who you are.” “In the meantime, the reality is you might have to be your own tribe. You might have to be your own best friend. That’s not something they are going to teach you in school. So start the work of loving yourself.”
#29 Megan Fox, obsessive-compulsive disorder. “This is a sickness, I have an illness, this is not OK anymore.” She is reluctant to use toilets without seat covers and share restaurant silverware. “I could go days, weeks, without talking to another human being.” when describing how the stress of her illness can make isolation appealing.
#30 Russell Brand, bipolar disorder, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and bulimia. He was taking “Prozac and other things like Prozac for a while” to medicate for bipolar disorder. “Society is collapsing, and people are starting to recognise that the reason they feel like they’re mentally ill is that they’re living in a system that’s not designed to suit the human spirit.”
#31 Anne Hathaway, depression and anxiety. During her experiences of depression and anxiety, Anne revealed that she was able to work through her anguish without assistance from medication. Thinking back to her younger, troubled self “I am sorry she was hurting for so long. It’s all so negatively narcissistic to be so consumed with self.”
#32 Kendall Jenner, anxiety. “I have such debilitating anxiety because of everything going on that I literally wake up in the middle of the night with full-on panic attacks.” “I wouldn’t change it for the world but there are days where I wish I could walk outside and nothing would be like it is right now.”
#33 Bebe Rexha, bipolar disorder. “For the longest time, I didn’t understand why I felt so sick. Why I felt lows that made me not want to leave my house or be around people and why I felt highs that wouldn’t let me sleep, wouldn’t let me stop working or creating music. Now I know why. I’m bipolar and I’m not ashamed anymore.”
#34 Niall Horan, obsessive-compulsive disorder and anxiety. Niall explained how his OCD causes ‘ticks’ or the need to complete behaviours in a particular way. “I feel like I have to do things in a certain way. For example, if I have a burger with chips on my plate, I always have to eat the chips first and only pick up the burger at the very end.”
#35 Johnny Depp, depression. “I was as low as I believe I could have gotten… the next step [for me] was, ‘you’re going to arrive somewhere with your eyes open and you’re going to leave there with your eyes closed. I couldn’t take the pain every day.” “I kept trying to figure out what I’d done to deserve this. I’d tried being kind to everyone. The truth is most important to me. And all this still happened.”
#36 Emma Stone, anxiety. “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… I just needed to know that no one was going to die and nothing was going to change….”
#37 Mel Gibson, bipolar disorder. Mel describes how some of his rage-filled behaviours is consistent with that of a person who has bipolar disorder. “I had really good highs but some very low lows”.
#38 Katy Perry, depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder. “I feel ashamed that I would have those thoughts, feel that low and that depressed.” Katy blames her childhood for her OCD, with disruptions to her normal routine affecting her. “I do strange things with buttoning everything up and colour coordinating it, hanging it in a certain way. When things are out of control in your childhood, you find things to focus on.”
#39 Miley Cyrus, depression. “I went through a time where I was really depressed. I locked myself in my room and my dad had to break my door down. My fans know that I’ve struggled with depression, and that helped them get over theirs. That gives me a big purpose – a reason to wake up in the morning that’s bigger than to my f***ing feathers and my little outfit.”
#40 Ellie Goulding, anxiety. “It was the weirdest time of my life. Sick, horrible things would go through my mind but I didn’t want to draw attention to myself. I was sceptical [about having cognitive behavioural therapy] at first, but not being able to leave the house [because of panic attacks] was so debilitating. And this was when my career was really taking off… my surroundings would trigger a panic attack, so I couldn’t go to the studio unless I was lying down in the car with a pillow over my face. I used to beat myself up about it.”
#41 Jean-Claude Van Damme, bipolar disorder. A martial arts action film star started studying karate at 10 and earned his black belt eight years later. Ten years after that, he found out he had bipolar disorder. He says he has taken medication for his mood swings since childhood.
#42 Justin Timberlake, obsessive-compulsive disorder and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. “I have OCD mixed with ADD, you try living with that. It’s complicated.” “If you are a young person being called ‘weird’ or ‘different’. I’m here to tell you that your critics do not count. Their words will fade. You will not.”
#43 Beyonce, depression. “It was beginning to get fuzzy – I couldn’t even tell which day or which city I was at. I would sit there at ceremonies and they would give me an award and I was just thinking about the next performance. My mother was very persistent and kept saying that I had to take care of my mental health.”
#44 Simone Biles, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. “I have ADHD and I have taken medicine for it since I was a kid. Please know, I believe in clean sport, have always followed the rules, and will continue to do so as fair play is critical to sport and is very important to me.”
#45 Adele, post-partum depression and anxiety. “One day, I said to a friend *I f***ing hate this* and she burst into tears and said *I f****ing hate this too*. “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.”
#46 Zayn Malik, anxiety and an eating disorder. His anxiety had led him to cancel concerts. “I don’t have it in me to feel secure in anything I do. I always strive towards something better. It’s why I sometimes come across the wrong way – a bit distant. I’m stressed out trying to control how I’m perceived.”
#47 Kanye West, bipolar disorder. Kim Kardashian-West says they’ve “reached a pretty good place” with his mental health. “It is an emotional process, for sure. Right now everything is really calm. But we can definitely feel episodes coming, and we know how to handle them.”
#48 Cameron Diaz, obsessive-compulsive disorder. Cameron has to open doors using her elbows as she is a fear of germs. She cleans her house daily and washes her hands thoroughly throughout the day. She has admitted to cleaning the doorknobs of her home so much that the original paint has faded on them.
#49 Stormzy, depression. “If there’s anyone out there going through it [depression], I think for them to see that I went through it would help. Because for a long time I used to think that soldiers don’t go through that. You know? Like, strong people in life, the bravest, the most courageous people, they don’t go through that, they just get on with it. Like any person I admire or look up to hasn’t felt like this. They just pick themselves up, you know what I mean and that’s not the case… So for me, it was like this is what I’ve dealt with… I felt it’s important for me to let people know that.”
#50 Chrissy Teigen, post-partum depression. “It’s such a major part of my life and so, so many other women’s lives. I’m speaking up now because I want people to know it can happen to anybody and I don’t want people who have it to feel embarrassed or to feel alone.”
#51 David Harbour, bipolar disorder. “I was sober for like a year and a half, and I was 25, and I actually did have a manic episode, and I was diagnosed as bipolar. I really had, like, a bit of a break where I thought I was in connection to some sort of god that I wasn’t really in connection to… It was like I had all the answers, suddenly.”
“I’ve been medicated bipolar for a long time, and I’ve had problems going on and off. I’ve had a struggle, going on and off the medications.”
#52 Channing Tatum, depression and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. When talking about his ADHD: “Everyone’s on a spectrum. Some people really need [medications] to help them, and others could maybe go on a different route. So it’s really tough. Whatever you do, hopefully, you can use it to your benefit.”
#53 Stephen Fry, bipolar disorder. Stephen had experienced mental health problems for much of his life, but it wasn’t until he was 37 that he was finally diagnosed with bipolar disorder. “I want to speak out, to fight the public stigma and to give a clearer picture of mental illness that most people know little about.” “Once the understanding is there, we can all stand up and not be ashamed of ourselves, then it makes the rest of the population realise that we are just like them but with something extra.”
#54 Reese Witherspoon, depression. “I don’t think I realised [in my twenties] that no one else makes you whole. You have to take responsibility for your own happiness. That took me until I was about 31 to know. It wasn’t easy to realise… I am purely responsible [for my life] – no relationship, no children, no nothing is going to make you a happy person. Every day you have to choose to find and cultivate your own happiness.”
#55 Steven Gerrard, obsessive-compulsive disorder. He has said that he won’t even walk barefoot on the beach as he is obsessed with cleanliness. He frequently washes his hands several times a day. His wife commented ‘his hygiene obsession – he washes his hands every hour and is always showering.”
#56 Adam Deacon, bipolar disorder. In 2015, Adam was sectioned under the Mental Health Act and charged with possessing an offensive weapon after reportedly threatening the public with a ‘machete-style knife’. He was suffering from cannabis-induced psychosis and was diagnosed as bipolar. After being diagnosed, he was put on medication, which he has stopped taking as it was making him “fat and unhappy.” “I like to think I could be a voice for street kids out there that might be going through the same thing.”
#57 Emma Watson, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. Many people do not know that Emma has ADHD and has been medicated since she was a child.
#58 Zendaya, anxiety. “I used to struggle with anxiety pretty bad. It only happened when I sang live, not when I danced or did anything other live performances, and it stemmed from a bad experience I had while singing on the ‘Ellen DeGeneres Show’ in 2013. It wasn’t my best performance and I’ve never let myself live that down.”
#59 Cara DeLevingne, depression. “I suffer from depression and was a model during a particularly rough patch of self-hatred. I am so lucky for the work I get to do but I used to work to try and escape and just ended up completely exhausting myself. I am focusing on filming and trying to learn not to pick apart my every flaw. I am really good at that.”
#60 Tom Fletcher, bipolar disorder and an eating disorder. “I realised that I was struggling more than other people around me were.” Tom first spoke about his obsession with food, admitting that he felt like the fat one in the group.
#61 Prince Harry, depression. Harry spoke openly about how he ‘shut down all his emotions’ for almost two decades after his mother died. It wasn’t until he was 28 years old and facing anxiety he began to seek a professional to address his grief. “The experience that I have is that once you start talking about it, you suddenly realise that actually, you’re part of quite a big club.”
#62 Will.I.Am, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. Will.i.Am believes his ADHD helps him to be creative. “I have ADHD. I’ll admit it. I’ve got all this stuff in my head at the same time as I’m doing stuff and I don’t know how to stop or slow down.” “One thing I learned about ADHD is that it’s hard to keep your attention and you can’t sit still and you’re always moving and thinking about a whole bunch of things.”
#63 Jon Hamm, depression. After playing dark and complex characters for years, it turns out the actor had his own battles. “I struggled with chronic depression, I was in bad shape”. “You can change your brain chemistry enough to think: “I want to get up in the morning; I don’t want to sleep until four in the afternoon. I want to get up and… go to work and…” “Honestly? Antidepressants help!”
#64 Dwayne Johnson, depression. “I didn’t know what it was. I didn’t know why I didn’t want to do anything. I had never experienced anything like that. I found that, with depression, one of the most important things you could realise is that you’re not alone. You’re not the first to go through it. You’re not the last to go through it… 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.”
#65 Winona Ryder, depression. “You can’t pay enough money to cure that feeling of being broken and confused. It’s not like every day’s been great ever since. You have good days and bad days, and depression’s something that, y’know, is always with you.
#66 Wil Wheaton, depression and anxiety. “One of the primary reasons I speak out about my mental illness, is so that I can make the difference in someones life that I wish had been made in mine when I was young, because not only did I have no idea what depression even was until I was in my twenties, once I was pretty sure that I had it, I suffered with it for another fifteen years, because I was ashamed, I was embarrassed, and I was afraid.”
#67 Howie Mandel, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and anxiety. Howie grew up with these disorders during a time when they weren’t officially diagnosed and understood. “Back in the 1960s, when I was growing up, my symptoms didn’t have a name and you didn’t go to the doctor to find out. So, in my case, they were called ‘Howie Mandel’.”
“After I impulsively revealed that I have OCD on a talk show, I was devastated. I often do things without thinking. That’s my ADHD talking. Out in public, after I did the show, people came to me and said: “me too”. They were the most comforting words I’ve ever heard. Whatever you’re dealing with in life, know that you’re not alone.”
#68 Kristen Bell, depression and anxiety. “Anxiety and depression are impervious to accolades or achievements. Anyone can be affected, despite their level of success or their place on the food chain.”
“It’s important for me to be candid about this so people in a similar situation can realise they are not worthless and that they do have something to offer. We all do.”
#69 Pete Wentz, bipolar disorder. “I think I went through when I was in my 20s… I went through a lot of highs and lows. For me… you’re travelling on the road. Everything is available to you and you can get what you need to get, or not… People just want to keep the machine going. They don’t so much care how healthy you are.”
“My highs, my happiness are really high and my lows are very low and I’m not able to regulate between the two. Through actual therapy and having kids it’s way more under control and something I can see when I’m on the roller coaster and control it more.”
#70 Chris Evans, anxiety. Chris’ anxiety often kicks in during premieres, comparing the red carpet to ’30 minutes of walking on hot coals.’ Whilst he believes he has gotten better, he still has moments of self-doubt when he over-analyses things.
#71 Wayne Brady, depression. “People are like, Wayne Brady’s always happy! No, I’m not! because I’m human.” Wayne speaks about his depression “You don’t want to move, you can’t move in the darkness. You’re like ‘I am just going to sit right here and I want to wallow in this. As much as it hurts, I am going to sit right here because this is what I deserve. This is what I deserve, so I am going to sit here because I am that horrible of a person.”
#72 James Franco, depression. James threw himself into acting when he was 17, but ten years later, he realised he was depressed. “On the surface, my life seemed pretty good, but I felt isolated and lonely.”
#73 Kesha, an eating disorder. “That first day at the treatment centre was the scariest of my life… I felt like part of my job was to be as skinny as possible, and to make that happen, I had been abusing my body. I just wasn’t giving it the energy it needed to keep me healthy and strong. My brain told me to just suck it up and press on, but in my heart, I knew that something had to change. So I made the decision to practice what I preach. I put my career on hold and sought treatment. I had to learn to treat my body with respect.”
#74 Mayim Bialik, obsessive-compulsive disorder.”It’s still really hard for me. But what I’ve found is that with trusting other people and leaning on them for support, you can make changes and still be ok.”
#75 Shawn Mendes, anxiety. “Talking about the problem, putting it out there, was one of the scariest but most important things I’ve ever done.” “All pain is temporary, and the thing is with anxiety, and why it’s such a hard thing for people who don’t have it to understand, is that it is very random and it hits you at moments you don’t expect.”
#76 Sophie Turner, an eating disorder, depression and anxiety. “I was too aware of my body at a young age and it just kind of took over my mind, it was all I could think about. Calorie counting, everything.” She decided to try therapy when she stopped getting her period. When speaking about the impact of therapy “I feel much better. I’m on medication and I love myself now, or more than I used to, I think. I don’t think I love myself at all, but I’m now with someone that makes me realise that I do have some redeeming qualities. And when someone tells you they love you every day, it makes you really think about why that is and I think it makes you love yourself a bit more.”
#77 Dacre Montgomery, anxiety. Dacre recalls “not feeling heard” and feeling like he did not have the skill set to combat his mental health issues. Over time, he turned to mindfulness, the gym, yoga and setting goals to fulfil his happiness.
#78 Amanda Seyfried, depression and anxiety. Amanda has spoken out receiving treatment for her anxiety. “I still do get terribly nervous, and that’s partly due to the fact I think too much and overanalyse things. I’ll start worrying about my parents or my dog and I’ll picture him opening the window of my apartment and falling out, even though I can’t get that thing open myself.”
“I’m on Lexapro, and I’ll never get off of it, I’ve been on it since I was 19, so 11 years. I’m on the lowest dose. I don’t see the point of getting off of it. And what are you fighting against? Just the stigma of using a tool? Mental illness is a thing that people cast in a different category, but I don’t think it is. It 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 treat it.”
#79 Daniel Radcliffe, obsessive-compulsive disorder. The boy who made Harry Potter a household name at the age of ten has been struggling with OCD since he was five. “Dan decided to seek help when his anxiety prevented him from turning off a light for five minutes.”
#80 Will Young, depression. He pulled out of Strictly Come Dancing because of his anxiety. “It’s very isolating. There’s a part of my brain that is telling me that you’re about to die, you either shut down, freeze or you run. There have been dreadful times where I’ve been suicidal and on the floor.”
#81 Lena Dunham, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder and depression. “I am afraid of everything… the list of things that keep me up at night includes but is not limited to: appendicitis, typhoid, leprosy, unclean meat, foods I haven’t seen emerge from their packaging, foods my mother hasn’t tasted first so that if we die we die together, homeless people, headaches, rape, kidnapping, milk, the subway, sleep.”
#82 James Arthur, depression. James considered taking his own life after being dropped from Simon Cowell’s record label in 2013. “If I was ever near a balcony, or in my car, I’d have an image of me jumping over or driving off the road, but then I’d think, ‘don’t do it, you’ve got sisters, you’re the man of the family…”
#83 Justin Bieber, depression. Justin felt that fame had a negative effect on his mental health. “I’m struggling just to get through the days. I think a lot of people are. This life can rip you apart. I get depressed all the time. I feel isolated. You’re in your hotel room and there are fans all around, paparazzi following you everywhere, and it gets intense. When you can’t go anywhere or do anything alone you get depressed. I would not wish this upon anyone.”
#84 Colin Farrell, depression. Colin spent six weeks in a rehabilitation centre to treat his depression and substance additions in 2005. “Desperation will allow you to do incredible things in the name of survival… I had created an environment for myself, a way of living for myself which, on the outside, seemed incredibly gregarious and vivacious.”
#85 Zoella, anxiety. “I go through phases where my anxiety isn’t as bad and when it’s pretty awful. When it’s good, I’ll be able to leave the house, go shopping, visit other countries for work, do meet and greets and generally live life like a ‘normal person’. When it’s bad, I can’t even leave my bed or I’ll start my day off by opening my eyes and having a panic attack.”
#86 Nicole Scherzinger, bulimia. Nicole says that bulimia ‘is a horrible, paralysing disease’. “I had started losing my voice, I couldn’t sing at shows, and then I remember my manager finding me passed out on the floor in Malta or in France. I thought ‘I’m going to lose everything I love if I don’t love myself… it’s sad to see how I wasted my life. I had such a great life on the outside… but I was miserable on the inside. I’m never letting that happen again; you only get one life.”
#87 Ruby Rose, depression. “I had hit rock bottom.” After moving to America and going to rehab, the actress got her life back on track. “It just makes me wonder how many others are days, hours, seconds away from realising their worth, their potential? And once the dark cloud is lifted will be truly happy and free.”
#88 Halle Berry, depression. “I was sitting in my car, and I knew the gas was coming when I had an image of my mother finding me. She sacrificed so much for her children, and to end my life would be an incredibly selfish thing to do. My sense of worth was so low. I had to reprogram myself to see the good in me. Because someone didn’t love me didn’t mean I was unlovable. That’s what the break-up of my marriage reduced me too. It took away my self-esteem. “
#89 Kate Moss, anxiety. She’s one of the most successful supermodels in the world, but she still suffered from anxiety. “I had a nervous breakdown when I was 17 or 18 when I had to go and work with Marky Mark and Herb Ritts. It didn’t feel like me at all. I felt really bad about straddling this buff guy. I didn’t like it. I couldn’t get out of bed for two weeks. I thought I was going to die.”
#90 Oprah Winfrey, anxiety. “I remember closing my eyes in between each page because looking at the page and the words at the same time was too much stimulation for my brain.”
#91 Nadiya Hussain, anxiety. “Having anxiety is probably one of the most lonely, most isolating things to have because you are your own worst enemy and you live inside your head.”
#92 Taylor Swift, anxiety. “And it can feel, at times, if you let your anxiety get the better of you like everyone’s waiting for you to really mess up – and then you’ll be done.”
#93 Jennifer Lawrence, anxiety. “When my mother told me about my childhood, she always told me that there was a light in me, a spark that inspired me constantly. When I started school, the light went out. It was never know what it was, a kind of social anxiety.”
#94 Kate Winslet, eating disorder. Kate spoke about a weight loss addiction she developed as a teenager. “When I was 15, I was nearly 14 stone. I was uncomfortable and self-conscious. I knew I wanted to be an actress and was big. Over a year I sensibly got down to 10 stone. Then I became addicted to losing weight and went too far.”
#95 Drew Barrymore, depression. The actress rose to fame appearing in ET when she was just 7, but by the time she was a teenager, she was already an addict and had attempted suicide by 13. “I really had a fear that I was going to die at 25. And half yes, because no matter how dark shit got, I always had a sense that there should be goodness. I never went all the way into darkness. There were so many things I could have done that would have pushed me over the edge and I just knew not to go there.”
#96 Ariana Grande, post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety following the bombing in Manchester whilst she was performing. “I think a lot of people have anxiety, especially right now. My anxiety has anxiety… I’ve always had anxiety. I’ve never really spoken about it because I thought everyone had it, but when I got home from tour it was the most severe I think it’s ever been.”
#97 Chris Brown, bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. “Mr Brown will… require close supervision by his treating physician in order to ensure his bipolar mental health condition remains stable. It is not uncommon for patients with post-traumatic stress disorder and bipolar II to use substances to self-medicate their biochemical mood swings and trauma triggers… Mr Brown became aggressive and acted out physically due to his untreated mental health disorder, severe sleep deprivation, inappropriate self-medicating…”
#98 Donald Glover, depression. “After I came off the tour… I was just super depressed. I mean, I tried to kill myself. I was really fucked up after that because I had this girl that I thought I was going to marry and we broke up. I didn’t feel like I knew what I was doing. I wasn’t living up to my standard, I was living up to other people’s standards, and I just said “I don’t see the point”.”
#99 Paris Hilton, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. Paris was diagnosed with ADHD as a child. “I’ve been on medication since I was a child. I have ADD, so I take medication for that.”
#100 Buzz Aldrin, depression. As one of the world’s well-known and best-loved astronauts, he has known his share of dark places. Buzz attempted to medicate his depression with alcohol, which only made things worse. Once he faced his depression, he has now been sober for over 30 years.