18 Celebrities You Didn’t Know Suffered From Mental Health Issues.
Celebrities might seem otherworldly -- after all, they've got money, good looks, fame, and basically have the world on a platter. But at the end of the day, they're also just people, and no human being is 100% safe from a diagnosis of mental illness.
Eager to remove the stigmas of such diseases, these celebrities are speaking out about their battles with mental illnesses -- and many of them are ongoing. Read their stories below and prepare to get inspired. When it comes to mental illness, destigmatizing the problem can truly help people find a cure.
#1. David Beckham, who has obsessive compulsive disorder: "I’ll go into a hotel room. Before I can relax I have to move all the leaflets and all the books and put them in a drawer. Everything has to be perfect."
#2. Drew Carey might be a comedian, but he also suffers from depression. "Living in Hollywood, you can get disconnected from everybody. You can feel like you are the only one. So you feel it, you hold it in and you don’t let it go and you don’t try to find help because you think, ‘Oh man if I tell anybody, I’m going to seem like I’m weak. I won’t get a movie deal. I won’t get invited to…’ whatever goes through your head."
#3. Catherine Zeta-Jones semi-disappeared from the spotlight for awhile, most likely to deal with her bipolar disorder. "I never wanted to be as open about it as I was. I have a British stiff-upper-lip mentality — it wasn’t something I wanted to shout from the rooftops. But when it did come to light, I know I’m not the only person who suffers with it or has to deal with it on a day-to-day basis. So, if I’ve helped anybody by discussing bipolar or depression, that’s great."
#4. Adam Levine, frontman of Maroon 5: "When I was first diagnosed with ADHD, it wasn’t a surprise because I had difficulty in high school focusing. And 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."
#5. Olivia Munn looks okay on the outside, but she suffers from anxiety 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."
#6. Jon Hamm has had his share of battles with alcoholism and depression. "And honestly? Antidepressants help! If 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 do my sh*t and go to work and ...' Reset the auto-meter, kick-start the engine!"
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