According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), about one in five American adults are affected by mental illness. This includes a wide range of mental health conditions like depression, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, and even addictive behaviors.
While mental illness isn’t considered a disability, it interferes with the person’s daily activities. Most often, their conditions disable them to function properly. None of us are exempt from this type of illness. Even some of your favorite celebrities have been affected and are working towards making their mental health better.
Aside from Selena who suffered anxiety because of her Lupus and Demi Lovato who struggled with bipolar disorder, here are a few more celebrities who have openly discussed their mental health conditions to spread awareness and encourage others to seek help when struggling with the same state.
In an episode of The Telegraph’s podcast, Prince Harry revealed his mother’s death took a toll on his mental health. He struggled with aggression, grief, and anxiety at public appearances. He was only able to deal with her death 20 years after.
As part of his healing process, the prince took up boxing and went to therapy. He shared what he learned during his counselling visits and said, “The experience I have had is that once you start talking about it, you realize that actually you’re part of quite a big club.”
Right now, the 33-year old royalty lives his life normally as he would. “I’ve now been able to take my work seriously, and take my private life seriously, as well, and be able to put blood, sweat and tears into the things that really make a difference. Invictus would have never gotten off the ground if I hadn’t dealt with all that stuff beforehand.”
Beyonce is all too aware how important mental health is. So when she feels like her career is already taking a toll on her mind and even her body, she takes a break. The pop icon usually spends her break time partying at Jay-z’s concerts, travelling, or just seeing the museums.
“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 she kept saying that I had to take care of my mental health.”
In an interview with Elle magazine last year, Beyonce once again emphasized the importance of taking good care of our physical and mental health. She said, “We have to care about our bodies and what we put in them. Women have to take the time to focus on our mental health —take time for self, for the spiritual, without feeling guilty or selfish.”
Believe it or not, Justin Bieber may have a lot of fans and paparazzis surrounding him but he feels depressed all the time because he feels alone. In his interview with NME, the 23-year old pop artist confessed his struggles in between his jam-packed concerts and gigs.
“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 just want people to know I’m human. I’m struggling just to get through the days. I think a lot of people are.”
Among the many changes a new mom encounters, postpartum depression (PPD) isn’t one they’d like to have but can’t always control. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it affects one in nine women and Chrissy Teigen is one of them.
Shortly after giving birth to her daughter Luna in April 2017, the Sports Illustrated cover girl developed PPD. In her open letter in Glamour magazine, she opens up her battle with the illness.
She wrote, “I had everything I needed to be happy. And yet, for much of the last year, I felt unhappy. What basically everyone around me—but me—knew up until December was this: I have postpartum depression. How can I feel this way when everything is so great?”
It was only in December that year that Chrissy finally figured what she was going through. She further shared, “I looked at my doctor, and my eyes welled up because I was so tired of being in pain. Of sleeping on the couch. Of waking up throughout the night. Of throwing up. Of taking things out on the wrong people. Of not enjoying life. Of not seeing my friends. Of not having the energy to take my baby for a stroll. My doctor pulled out a book and started listing symptoms. And I was like, “Yep, yep, yep.” I got my diagnosis: postpartum depression and anxiety.”
She took antidepressants and went to see a therapist to complete her healing process.
The former One Directioner Zayn Malik penned an open letter through his Instagram account to explain why he hasn’t been appearing well in his stage performances, specifically in his gig at the Capital Summertime Ball.
A part of his letter says, “…my anxiety that has haunted me throughout the last few months around live performances has gotten the better of me. With the magnitude of the event, I have suffered the worst anxiety of my career.”
He went on to apologize by saying, “I cannot apologize enough but I want to be honest with everyone who has patiently waited to see me. I promise I will do my best to make this up to everybody I’ve let down today.”
He further explained how his anxiety got worse in his open letter to Time magazine. “Anxiety is nothing to be ashamed of; it affects millions of people every day… When I was in One Direction, my anxiety issues were huge but, within the safety net of the band, they were at least manageable. As a solo performer, I felt much more exposed, and the psychological stress of performing had just gotten to be too much for me to handle.”