16 Celebs Who Have Publicly Spoken Out About Struggles With Mental Health
You’re not alone.
1. Zayn Malik
Singer/songwriter and former One Direction member Zayn Malik first spoke about his condition earlier this summer when he canceled a show in the UK due to his anxiety around solo performing. His honesty was widely praised, with many calling it a reminder that anxiety can affect anyone.
Then, a couple of weeks ago, Malik issued a statement about not being able to perform at an upcoming concert in Dubai:
I have been working over the last three months to overcome my extreme anxiety around major live solo performances I feel I am making progress but I have today acknowledged that I do not feel sufficiently confident to move forward with the planned show in Dubai in October.
2. Rita Ora
In a recent interview with Cosmopolitan, Rita Ora revealed that Malik’s admission had been a “turning point” for her, and that she’d also suffered from anxiety:
I’m not scared to admit I’ve had therapy. I have someone I speak to once a week. People suffer from it in different ways, but for me it’s more about thinking about the long-term goal. I’m a very “in the moment” person, so if I have to do something there and then, I’ll be fine. But if I think about it, that’s when anxious thoughts start going on.
3. Jennifer Lawrence
Back in 2013, Jennifer Lawrence spoke with French publication Madame Figaro about social anxiety she suffered with as a child:
My nickname was “Nitro” as nitroglycerin. I was hyperactive, curious about everything. When my mother told me about my childhood, she always told me that there was like a light in me, a spark that inspired me constantly. When I started school, the light went out. We never knew what it was, a kind of social anxiety. Yet I had friends. I think especially that I did not feel smart, because I was not very good student … I thought that some people are stupid, but eventually get out and that I was one of those. (Laughter.) I went to a shrink, nothing worked.
Adele has been vocal about her anxiety regarding live performances, including this interview with Rolling Stone where she said:
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.
5. Chris Evans
The “Avengers” actor told Rolling Stone:
I don’t like having silly surface discussions. A lot of times that’s required in this business. That’s when the social anxiety kicks in. When you feel kind of un-invested, like you’re playing some sort of game you know you shouldn’t be playing. You’re making just more noise, and more trash, and almost selling something, and nothing of this is clean. It’s all a river of garbage, and you’re just in it.
Previously, Evans mentioned therapy in an interview with The New York Times back in 2011, saying:
It is really good just to talk about what you’re struggling with. It’s not like I had any massive breakthrough, but for some reason this feels more manageable.
6. Ellie Goulding
During an open and honest interview with Cosmopolitan, Ellie Goulding spoke about her struggles with self doubt, and about dealing with panic attacks:
One day after a shoot I was on a train going to a funeral and my heart was pounding; I thought I was having a heart attack. I was so scared I reached over to this woman and said, “I think I’m dying.” I called a friend to take me to hospital, where they told me it was just a panic attack. From that day, I kept having them. It was the weirdest time of my life. With the help of things like Diazepam in small doses to relax me at certain times, the attacks slowly stopped and now I’m through it.
7. Lena Dunham
Writer and actress Lena Dunham, who often writes about her personal struggles and seeking help from therapy and medications, posted the above photo to Instagram explaining how exercise helps her deal with her anxiety. The caption reads:
Promised myself I would not let exercise be the first thing to go by the wayside when I got busy with “Girls” Season 5 and here is why: it has helped with my anxiety in ways I never dreamed possible. To those struggling with anxiety, OCD, depression: I know it’s mad annoying when people tell you to exercise, and it took me about 16 medicated years to listen. I’m glad I did. It ain’t about the ass, it’s about the brain.
8. Sarah Silverman
The hilarious Sarah Silverman has spoken—and written—frequently about her mental health, including her struggles with bed-wetting as a child.
In an interview with Glamour, Silverman spoke about how she deals with anxiety and depression:
I’m on a small dose of Zoloft, which, combined with therapy, keeps me healthy, but still lets me feel highs and lows. The dark years and those ups and downs?—?chemical and otherwise?—?have always informed my work; I believe being a comedian is about exposing yourself, warts and all.
9. Demi Lovato
Demi Lovato, who has also been very honest with fans about her depression and anxiety, as well as struggles with body image issues, spoke with Nylon magazine about feeling anxious in crowds:
I don’t want to sound like a dick or a diva, but I really do have anxiety problems. If I get stuck in a crowd, I’ll start to think, “Oh my God, I’m going to die. Something’s going to go wrong and someone’s going to stab me.”
10. Dakota Johnson
Actress Dakota Johnson revealed to Another Magazine that she struggles with self-doubt and anxiety, especially while auditioning:
Sometimes I panic to the point where I don’t know what I’m thinking or doing. I have a full anxiety attack. I have them all the time anyway, but with auditioning it’s bad. I’m so terrified of it. I have crippling self-doubt.
11. Emma Stone
In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Emma Stone spoke about her personal life, and dealing with panic attacks:
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.
12. Kristen Stewart
Kristen Stewart revealed to Marie Claire that she’d battled constant anxiety as a teen and into her early 20s:
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.
Speaking to Access Hollywood about dealing with her anxiety while filming “The Butler,” Oprah admitted:
In the beginning, it was just sort of speeding and a kind of numbness and going from one thing to the next thing to the next thing. I will tell you when I realized that I thought, “All right, if I don’t calm down I’m gonna be in serious trouble.” I was in the middle of doing voiceovers, you know? And 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.
14. John Mayer
In a piece for Rolling Stone, John Mayer and his friend Joe Beleznay explained how they dealt with anxiety as teenagers.
Growing up, that was the big fear.
I would get anxiety attacks too, and we would talk each other down. It was heart palpitations, shortness of breath, coldness and shivers, strange stuff, and we’d be like, “You’re totally fine. You’re not having a heart attack.” His mind works at such speed that I think he would sort of second-guess his sanity at times.
15. Taylor Swift
During an interview with NME, Taylor Swift spoke about dealing with being in the public eye, and the heightened anxiety she feels as a result:
And it can feel, at times, if you let your anxiety get the better of you, like everybody’s waiting for you to really mess up?—?and then you’ll be done. A lot of the time I need to call my mom and talk for a really long time, just to remind myself of all the things that are great and all the things that matter.
16. Amanda Seyfried
Amanda Seyfried has discussed her own issues dealing with anxiety and panic several times over the years.
Back in 2011 she told Glamour:
Therapy has been such a great tool. I still do get terribly nervous, and that’s partly due to the fact I think too much and overanalyze 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.
And more recently, she mentioned her life-long struggles with anxiety in an interview with Vogue:
I have a lot of anxiety that I’ve been struggling with my whole life. So I have been working through it. I’m terrified, but this is exactly what I wanted.