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65 Celebrities Who Struggle With Mental Heath Issues

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Posted By Alex Perez - Mental Health Writer, B.A.

When you struggle with your mental health you often feel alone. This is not justified as mental health issues are quite common.

These Celebrities Also Struggle With Mental Health

Celebrities Who Struggle With Agoraphobia

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  • Woody Allen is arguably the most famously agoraphobic celebrity. He also suffers from claustrophobia, which is fear of closed spaces, the opposite of agoraphobia.
  • Kim Bassinger talked about her struggle with agoraphobia in a 2001 documentary: Panic, a Film About Coping.
  • Robbie Williams told that his agoraphobia battle left him housebound during nearly three years.
  • Barbara Streisand’s struggles with agoraphobia, social phobia, and performance anxiety begun in 1967 when she forgot the lyrics of a song during a live performance.
  • Macaulay Culkin admitted suffering from agoraphobia during his 2004 interview with Larry King.

Celebrities Who Struggle With Panic Disorder

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  • Kate Moss revealed she had been struggling with panic attacks, and anxiety for years, especially when she was a teenager.
  • Emma Stone says she had her first panic attack before she went into second grade.
  • Scarlett Johansson stars having panic attacks when she’s not working during more than a month.
  • Kristen Stewart revealed during an interview with Elle in 2016 that she had panic attacks as a youngster.
  • Missy Elliott struggles with anxiety, and panic attacks. She has been hospitalized hours before her 2015 Super Bowl performance due to a panic attack.
  • Selena Gomez had anxiety, and a panic attack before her American Music Awards performance in 2019.
  • Johnny Depp says he doesn’t go out very much because of his struggle with panic disorder.

Celebrities Who Struggle With Performance Anxiety / Stage Fright

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  • Hugh Grant has suffered from stage fright since 1999.
  • Miley Cyrus told Elvis Duran that she struggles to shake her nerves while performing. She also suffered from anxiety attacks during Hannah Montana.
  • Adele says she gets so nervous with live performances that she’s too frightened to try anything new.

Celebrities Who Struggle With Social Anxiety

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  • Nicole Kidman has revealed that she would panic when she was on the red carpet because of all the cameras.
  • Britney Spears is making an effort to ease her social anxiety with equine therapy.
  • Jennifer Lawrence struggled with social anxiety as a school-age child.

Celebrities Who Struggle With Bulimia

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  • Elton John has a long-term struggle with bulimia since 1990.
  • Jane Fonda battles bulimia since her 40’s, she says it gets worse with age.
  • Lady Gaga revealed she struggles with anorexia and bulimia since she was 15.
  • Paula Abdul told People Magazine that she had checked herself into a clinic in 1994 after a 15-year battle with bulimia.
  • Nicole Scherzinger says she suffered from bulimia and body dysmorphia until her 30’s, and that bulimia affected her vocal chords.

Celebrities Who Struggle With Anorexia

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  • Demi Lovato has struggled with bulimia and anorexia from the age of 12.
  • Jessica Alba got candid about her anorexia and OCD in 2005.
  • Hilary Duff admitted to weighing only 98 pounds due to anorexia in 2005.
  • Taylor Swift told during Miss Americana that she suffered from exercise anorexia.
  • Mary-Kate Olsen was rumored to be struggling with anorexia and checked into rehab when she was 17.

Celebrities Who Struggle With OCD

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  • Justin Timberlake stated “I have OCD mixed with ADD. You try living with that. It’s complicated” in an interview with Collider.com.
  • Daniel Radcliff opened up about his experience with obsessive compulsive disorder in 2012, in an interview with The Sun.
  • Charlize Theron revealed that she struggles with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. “Obsessing is good for me” she stated.
  • Leonardo DiCaprio has admitted that he has to force himself not to step on every chewing gum stain while walking along and also stop the urge to walk through a doorway several times.

Celebrities Who Struggle With Anxiety

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  • Ryan Reynolds struggles with stress, anxiety and claustrophobia for most of his life.
  • Oprah Winfrey said in a 2013 interview that anxiety nearly caused her to have a nervous breakdown. She also talked about her battle with depression. She first experienced depression in 1998.
  • Chris Evans said he nearly had to stop acting because of his severe anxiety and panic attacks.
  • Kardashians (Kim, Kourtney, Kylie, and Kendall). Four of the Kardashians opened up about their struggle with anxiety.
  • Chrissy Teigen struggled with anxiety for most of her life. After giving birth to her first child she also suffered from postpartum depression.

Celebrities Who Struggle With Depression

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  • Bruce Springsteen suffered two emotional breakdowns, one when he was 32 and another when he was in his 60s.
  • Angelina Jolie struggled with depression in her teens, blaming her upbringing in California for her unhappiness.
  • Brad Pitt suffered from depression and drug addiction back in the late 90’s.
  • Matthew Perry struggled with depression, alcohol and prescription drug abuse while appearing on “Friends”.
  • Gwyneth Paltrow suffered from postpartum depression following the birth of her second child, Moses, in 2006.
  • Reese Witherspoon says that she definitely have anxiety, her anxiety manifests as depression so she would get really depressed. She also suffered several times from postpartum depression.
  • Anne Hathaway told Tatler magazine that she suffered from anxiety and depression as a teen
  • Hugh Laurie has had bouts with major depression, also called clinical depression. His depression, which he calls “heavyweight unhappiness” began in his late teens.
  • Dwayne Johnson shared his personal battle with depression in a new interview, revealing that he was “crying constantly” at one point.
  • Harrison Ford was depressed as a child but things changed for him after a while.
  • Channing Tatum went through bouts of depression. Tatum also suffers from ADHD and dyslexia.
  • Owen Wilson’s depression led him to a reclusive life. In 2007, Wilson reportedly attempted suicide after developing a serious addiction to cocaine and heroin.
  • Joseph-Gordon Levitt as a young actor fell into a deep depression in 2001.
  • J.K. Rowling has experienced depression. She wrote her first “Harry Potter” book to help overcome that depression.
  • Ellen Degeneres told NBC’s Savannah Guthrie that she struggles with depression and anxiety.
  • Eminem once said that he was depressed and with the drugs it just became a vicious circle.
  • Cara Delevingne says that internal struggle with her sexuality took a toll on her mental health. “I do correlate the massive depression and the suicidal moments of my life to that because I was so ashamed of ever being that. But actually, that was the part of me that I love so much and accept.”
  • Jon Hamm revealed in 2010 that after his father’s death, he became depressed.
  • Sheryl Crow has gone through periods of deep depression, according to a 2014 interview with The Telegraph.
  • Jim Carrey, the comedian, battled the symptoms of depression for years.
  • Kate Perry was diagnosed with clinical depression. “I just couldn’t get out of bed for weeks and became clinically depressed and had to get on medication for the first time in my life… I was so ashamed of it.”

Celebrities Who Struggle With PTSD

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  • Ariana Grande has shared images of a brain scan in 2019 that she claimed suggest she is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
  • Prince Harry told Oprah Winfrey that his PTSD was caused by a tumultuous childhood in a home with an alcoholic father and a rage-filled mother who lashed out at everything around her, including her children.

Celebrity Who Struggles With Bipolar Disorder

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  • Catherine Zeta-Jones is said to have been diagnosed with bipolar II, which is a form of the disorder which is characterized by longer low periods.

Celebrity Who Struggles With Fear of Flying

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  • Whoopi Goldberg’s fear of flying has been with her for nearly three decades, and started when she witnessed a mid-air collision in San Diego.

Let’s congratulate these celebrities who have bravely spoken out about their struggles with mental health. Talking about mental health will help fighting the stigma of mental illness, and bring mental health awareness.


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