Do you think stars who have oodles of money, success, and fame have no reason to feel sad? Then our round-up of celebrities with mental health issues will wake you up to a jarring reality.
Money, fame, sprawling mansions, flashy cars, fandom; these celebs have it all; or do they? At the end of the day, when the costume and makeup come off, they are just like other human beings, with human emotions. There is a disturbingly long list of celebrities with mental health issues.
The infamous trial of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard showed us that the silver screen idols might not always lead a perfect life as envisioned by their fans. They too have their failures, setbacks, pain, and difficulties that the world knows nothing about.
Moreover, life in the limelight comes with its own set of insecurities and hardships, and being in the public eye makes it all the more difficult to talk about them or seek help, thanks to the still prevailing stigma and bias around mental health struggles.
But fortunately, there has been a welcome trend of celebrities with mental health issues being vocal about their real-life struggles and normalizing the topic in the process.
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Here is our list of celebrities who have opened up about mental health:
15+ Celebrities With Mental Health Issues
These famous celebrities with mental health issues have sparked discussions, helped to dispel stigma, and encouraged people to seek proper medical care, by coming out with their stories.
1. Kristen Bell
During an interview for an off-camera program on YouTube, the Frozen star opened up about her challenging journey with depression and anxiety. Bell said that taking medication for one’s mental health is nothing to be ashamed about.
She added, “You would never deny a diabetic his insulin, but for some reason when someone needs a serotonin inhibitor, they’re immediately crazy or something.”
2. Hugh Laurie
The popular British actor who played the role of the brooding and dark Dr. Gregory House is known to have a similar dark side to his nature and is one of the famous celebrities with mental health issues. He suffered from depression ever since he was a teenager, but opted for treatment much later in his life. Sadly, the backlash he received after opening up about his mental health, made him regret his decision.
“I can understand how it might be perceived as an indulgence on many levels, because, first of all, I am quite preposterously lucky to be where I am, doing what I’m doing, and to have lived the life that I live. I give thanks for it every single day.“, said the actor in an interview appeared on the Celebitchy portal.
3. Jim Carrey
The man who so effortlessly made us laugh countless times with his on-screen theatrics had been in the grip of depression after his second marriage ended in divorce. He was on antidepressants for some time, but eventually got off meds and got his life on track again.
“You need to get out of bed every day and say that life is good. That’s what I did, although at times it was very difficult for me.”, the actor said in an interview with 60 Minutes.
4. Ellen Degeneres
Second, on our list of female celebrities with mental health issues is Ellen Degeneres. Shortly after coming out regarding her sexual orientation in 1998, her popular sitcom got canceled.
“I lost my show. I’ve been attacked like hell. I went from making a lot of money on a sitcom to making no money. When I walked out of the studio after five years of working so hard, knowing I had been treated so disrespectfully for no other reason than I was gay, I just went into this deep, deep depression.”
But due to her indomitable spirit, the famous comedian defied great odds, continued working in the industry, and found huge success, including her Emmy award-winning talk show.
5. Matthew Perry
For more than a decade, Mathew Perry as Chandler Bing made us all laugh and giggle with his amazing comic timing. But what nobody knew is that Perry himself was going through a dark time due to this drinking and opiate addiction. It’s heartbreaking to see the FRIENDS star on our list of celebrities with mental health issues.
“Trying to overcome addiction is one of the hardest things for a person to do. And the fact that I had to do it under the scrutiny of tabloid press at first made it seem even more difficult. But in fact, it oddly ended up being a plus. Because of the tabloid stuff, it wasn’t like I could walk into a bar and order a drink.”
After spending several years going in and out of many rehabs, the beloved actor is now clean and helping other Hollywood actors deal with their addiction challenges.
6. Angelina Jolie-Pitt
Before becoming an Oscar-winning actress, a UN Goodwill Ambassador, and a mother of six, Jolie-Pitt immensely suffered from depression. She even confessed to cutting herself and hiring someone to kill her.
Although she overcame her demon after finding success in Hollywood, her mother’s untimely death again brought her to the brink of depression, which she combated by taking up a physically challenging lead role in the action movie “Wanted”.
The actress made a bold statement by saying, “I felt I was going into a very dark place, and I wasn’t capable of getting up in the morning, so I signed up for something that would force me to be active.”