Mental health is something that doesn't discriminate — it can affect people from all walks of life, including those in the entertainment world. Even music icon Mariah Carey has battled mental illness. Mimi was first diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2001. In April 2018, she opened up about her struggles to People magazine, saying, "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 — writing songs and making music." Click through to read about other celebs who have struggled with mental health…
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Demi Lovato has been incredibly candid about her battle with mental illness. In 2011, Demi entered rehab, where she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Since then, she has sprung into action! Demi is the spokesperson for Be Vocal, an initiative that empowers people to combat the misrepresentation of mental health issues. She even executive produced the documentary "Beyond Silence," which follows three individuals' experiences with mental illness. Demi told Ellen DeGeneres in February 2017, "I'm bipolar and proud and I live well with it."
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In April 2017, Britain's Prince Harry — who supports the mental health awareness charity Heads Together along with brother Prince William and sister-in-law Duchess Kate — publicly revealed that he suffered in silence for nearly two decades following the 1997 death of his mother, Princess Diana, before seeking professional help for his debilitating grief at the urging of his brother. "I can safely say that losing my mum at the age of 12, and therefore shutting down all of my emotions for the last 20 years, has had a quite serious effect on not only my personal life but my work as well," he said, adding, "I have probably been very close to a complete breakdown on numerous occasions when all sorts of grief and sort of lies and misconceptions and everything are coming to you from every angle." He also praised the counseling he received as he began to work through his issues.
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"Girls" creator Lena Dunham has been steadfastly honest about her struggles with mental health. From talking about her OCD and anxiety to her ongoing fight with endometriosis, Lena always keeps it real. In an exclusive video released via People in collaboration with the Child Mind Institute in May 2017, Lena said, "I'm a writer, director, an actor and I have obsessive compulsive disorder and a generalised anxiety disorder that often leads to dissociative anxiety." In 2016, she appeared on the web series "How to Weep in Public" to talk about mental health misconceptions. "I've always been anxious, but I haven't been the kind of anxious that makes you run 10 miles a day and make a lot of calls on your Blackberry," she said. "I'm the kind of anxious that makes you like, 'I'm not going to be able to come out tonight, tomorrow night or maybe for the next 67 nights."
Justin Bieber struggles with depression — which he's said stems from being in the spotlight. In an interview with NME in November 2015, Justin even went so far as to compare himself to the late Amy Winehouse. He said, "People see the glam and the amazing stuff, but they don't know the other side. This life can rip you apart. I watched the Amy Winehouse documentary on the plane and I had tears in my eyes because I could see what the media was doing to her, how they were treating her." We're here for you, Biebs.
She's one of the most successful models of our time, and Cara Delevingne still struggles with depression. In an interview with Esquire in August 2016, Cara said she began dealing with depression when she was 16 and was once suicidal. Since then, things have gotten better for the star, but she still deals with the sorrow depression brings. Cara continued, "I feel like I have a void that I constantly need to fill."
"Scandal" actress Kerry Washington told Glamour in 2013 that she relies on a good support system plus a therapist to help her stay grounded. In a followup interview with Glamour in April 2015 alongside Michelle Obama and Sarah Jessica Parker, she went on to speak further about the importance of taking care of herself. "I think it's really important to take the stigma away from mental health… My brain and my heart are really important to me. I don't know why I wouldn't seek help to have those things be as healthy as my teeth. I go to the dentist. So why wouldn't I go to a shrink?" Makes sense.
Comedian Sarah Silverman has been very open about her battle with depression, which she first experienced when she was 13. In 2015, Sarah opened up about her experience with the illness in an essay published in Glamour. She wrote about seeing several therapists during her teenage years and how at one point, she took 16 Xanax pills a day. She shared in the essay, "I've lived with depression and learned to control it, or at least to ride the waves as best I can. I'm on a small dose of Zoloft, which, combined with therapy, keeps me healthy but still lets me feel highs and lows." In addition, Sarah acted in the 2015 film "I Smile Back," a movie about a woman who struggles with a bevy of mental health issues. It goes to show, even the funniest of people experience hard times!
"La La Land" actress Emma Stone revealed in an interview with Rolling Stone in October 2016 that she started dealing with severe anxiety when she was 7 years old. She described herself as a "deeply nervous kid" who was prone to panic attacks. Luckily, through both therapy and throwing herself into acting and performing, she was able to abate her anxious tendencies. "You have to be present in improv, and that's the antithesis of anxiety," Emma said.
Famed songstress Adele has opened up about the anxiety that consumes her at times — mostly before she goes on stage. The "25" singer told Rolling Stone in 2011, "I'm scared of audiences. One show in Amsterdam I was so nervous, I escaped out the fire exit. I've thrown up a couple of times. Once in Brussels, I projectile vomited on someone. I just gotta bear it. But I don't like touring. I have anxiety attacks a lot." She's also revealed the anxiety she experienced before first meeting Beyonce. She explained, "I was about to meet Beyonce and I had a full-blown anxiety attack. Then she popped in looking gorgeous, and said. 'You're amazing! When I listen to you I feel like I'm listening to God.' Can you believe that?" We can believe it!
Former One Direction member Zayn Malik has been forthcoming about his struggle with anxiety, which has led him to cancel several concerts. The "Pillowtalk" singer wanted to set the record straight about shows he missed, so he told fans about his mental health troubles in Time magazine. "One of my team members offered to write a statement saying that I'd been taken ill, but I didn't want to do that. I was done with putting out statements that masked what was really going on. I wanted to tell the truth. Anxiety is nothing to be ashamed of; it affects millions of people every day," Zayn explained.
"Bangerz" singer Miley Cyrus has always been a very frank force when it comes to advocating for mental health. In a 2014 interview with Rookie founder Tavi Gevinson in ELLE magazine, Miley noted that her connection with her fans gives her purpose amid her struggles. She said, "[My fans know] 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 put on my f—— feathers and my little outfits."
"The Beguiled" actor Colin Farrell has been direct about his mental health issues, which mostly emanate from his battle with addiction. Colin checked himself into rehab in 2005 after completing filming on "Miami Vice." He spoke about his struggles on "Friday Night With Jonathan Ross" in 2008 and divulged to the host, "I don't believe I have any chemical predisposition towards depression, but let's just call it… I was suffering from a spiritual malady for years and I indulged it," he said. "You can feel very alive when you're in pain."
Hayden Panettiere has sought help for postpartum depression not once but twice. After having daughter Kaya in 2014, Hayden underwent treatment in October 2015 and again in May 2016. As art can sometimes imitate life, The "Nashville" star's character on the hit show, Juliette, also struggled with postpartum depression. The actress stopped by "Live with Kelly and Michael" in September 2015 where she spoke about postpartum issues: "It's something a lot of women experience. When [you're told] about postpartum depression, you think it's 'I feel negative feelings towards my child, I want to injure or hurt my child' — I've never, ever had those feelings. Some women do. But you don't realize how broad of a spectrum you can really experience that on. It's something that needs to be talked about."
Amanda Seyfried has revealed that she suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder and has been taking Lexapro since she was 19 to treat her condition. In October 2016, she got personal with Allure magazine. "I had pretty bad health anxiety that came from the OCD and thought I had a tumor in my brain. I had an MRI, and the neurologist referred me to a psychiatrist," Amanda explained. "As I get older, the compulsive thoughts and fears have diminished a lot. Knowing that a lot of my fears are not reality-based really helps."
Rapper Kanye West has struggled with mental health issues that reportedly began when his beloved mother, Donda, passed away in 2008. In 2016, Kanye referenced his use of Lexapro in the song "FML" on his "Saint Pablo" album, and in November 2016, Kanye was hospitalized at UCLA Medical Center after having a breakdown. TMZ reported that the anniversary of his mother's death played a part in his hospitalization, as did medication dosage issues. The stresses of wife Kim Kardashian West's Paris robbery a month earlier also didn't help matters. Kanye sat out the 2017 Grammys ("[He] had some medical concerns and situations," Recording Academy President Neil Portnow explained) as well as the 2017 Met Gala as he continues to heal.
Lady Gaga is a beacon of honesty in the music industry and is especially open about her issues with mental health. In April 2017, the "Joanne" singer joined forces with Prince William in support of his Heads Together campaign, which works to eliminate the stigma around mental health. In a dream team FaceTime scenario with the prince, Lady Gaga related her own issues, explaining, "I should be so happy, but you can't help it when in the morning you wake up, you are so tired, you are so sad, you are so full of anxiety and the shakes that you can't barely think." William realized Lady Gaga would be a great mental health crusader after he read an open letter she posted on her Born This Way Foundation website in which she revealed she has lived with PTSD since being sexually assaulted at 19.
Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz battles with bipolar disorder and counts his struggle with depression as one of the factors that contributed to his 2011 split with Ashlee Simpson, with whom he shares son Bronx. The rocker spoke to Howard Stern in January 2015 about his depressive spiral, explaining, "I think when you stop caring about your personal appearance, your personal hygiene, it makes you even more depressed, but it makes you do it more. It's like a vicious cycle."
"Stranger Things" actress Winona Ryder has been very open about her experiences with depression and anxiety since she broke out as a star in the '80s. Most recently, she got real with New York Magazine in August 2016 about her opinion on mental health. "I'm so sick of people shaming women for being sensitive or vulnerable. It's so bizarre to me," she explained. Of the stigma, Winona said, "Even that word, 'anxious.' It's a bad word. And so like all of these words — it's kind of what I tried to do with 'Girl Interrupted' and why I was so invested in that book and trying to get it made [as a movie]. My whole point was, this happens to every girl, almost." Amen.
In 2011, Academy Award-winning actress Catherine Zeta-Jones made headlines when she admitted she suffers from bipolar II disorder. She checked herself into a hospital that year and underwent more treatment in 2013 and 2016. In an attempt to remove the stigma that can surround the disease, she opened up to InStyle magazine in December 2012, explaining, "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."
The incredibly talented J.K. Rowling has suffered from severe depression. In fact, before she became known as the author of the "Harry Potter" franchise, she was depressed and experienced suicidal thoughts while struggling as a single mother. She has said, "I have never been remotely ashamed of having been depressed. Never. What's there to be ashamed of? I went through a really tough time and I am quite proud that I got out of that."