Sunday 11th April 2021

10 Celebrities Who Share Their Thoughts About Anxiety and Depression

Depression is state of mind. It’s not governed by factors such as rich or poor, celebrity or a common man, etc. The factors responsible and the grief experienced is common to all. Just because someone’s fulfilled, doesn’t mean he/she is happy as happiness isn’t materialistic.

Stated below are the stories of celebrities who opened up about their depression and the battle they fought. I hope you find this article helpful, and it provides you hope.

Dwayne Johnson

Despite becoming one of Hollywood's highest-paid stars, "The Rock" recently opened up to the Express, a British newspaper, about his depression. Johnson, who saved his mother from a suicide attempt when he was 15, said, "Struggle and pain are real." He later tweeted, "Depression never discriminates.”. “It took me a long time to understand it, but not being afraid to open up is the secret. We dudes, in particular, have a tendency to hold it in. You're not the only one.”

Katy Perry

During a 96-hour livestream on YouTube, the pop star opened up about her depression. Perry said she opened up because she wanted her followers to see her true self in an emotional interview with Siri Sat Nam Singh, host of the Viceland channel's The Therapist. "If people see that I'm just like them, they'll be able to dream big too."

Jon Hamm

Hamm, like his Mad Men character Don Draper, has been through a lot in his life. He's been honest about his depression, which he says was especially difficult when his father died while he was in college. Hamm discussed the effects of therapy in an interview with InStyle magazine. “We live in a world where admitting something negative about yourself is viewed as a flaw when, in fact, it is a strength. Saying, "I need assistance," is not a poor step.

Lady Gaga

The pop star, whose hits include "Paparazzi" and "Poker Face," claims she's always struggled with depression and anxiety. Gaga isn't afraid to confess that she takes antidepressants. She said in an interview with Billboard magazine that she believes it is important for people to discuss their mental health. “We are stronger if we share our experiences and stick together.”

Michael Phelps

According to CNN, the 28-time Olympic medalist said his first "depression spell" occurred in 2004, but his lowest point occurred during the 2012 Games. Phelps said he stayed alone in his bedroom for three to five days, "not wanting to be alive," and he realised he needed help. “Life became easy” after he obtained help and began talking about his emotions, he said.” Now he understands that “it’s OK to not be OK.”

J.K. Rowling

About the fact that the woman behind Harry Potter gave joy to millions, she admits to feeling depressed when writing the magical books. Her morbid moods influenced the soul-sucking monsters known as Dementors in her series. In 2010, she told Oprah Winfrey, "It's so difficult to explain [depression] to someone who has never been there, and it's not grief." “But it's that cold absence of feeling -- that really hollowed-out feeling.”

Jim Carrey

From the Grinch to Ace Ventura, the guy behind some of the most crazy characters on television admits to having dark days. He admits to take antidepressants and lives a very clean, spiritual life. He told 60 Minutes, "I barely drink coffee." “I'm dead serious about not drinking or using drugs. “Life is far too lovely.”

Robin Williams

Millions were saddened when he committed suicide in 2014, but the Academy Award-winning actor/comedian has a history of depression, drug abuse, and alcoholism. He was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and may have had dementia. He told Terry Gross of NPR about his peaks and lows in 2006. “Do I perform in a manic manner on occasion?” Yes, really. Am I manic all the time? No. Do I get sad? Oh yeah. Does it hit me hard? Oh yeah.”

Naomi Judd

In 2010, she started to experience what she described as "absolutely crippling and life-threatening depression," according to ABC News and WebMD contributor Robin Roberts. “I'd come home and not leave the house for three weeks, not get out of my pyjamas, not follow regular hygiene,” she says. It was a disaster. In her book River of Time: My Descent into Depression and How I Emerged with Hope, she discusses her depression. She claims she went public because she wants “someone to be able to see that they will survive” if she survives.

Gwyneth Paltrow

When she opened up about her 5-month struggle with postpartum depression after the birth of her second child, Moses, this Academy Award-winning actress shed light on the problem. In 2011, she told Good Housekeeping, "I felt like a zombie." “I was unable to access my heart. I couldn't get in touch with my feelings. I couldn't make a connection.” Since her father died in 2002, she, too, struggled with clinical depression.

In the end, I just want to say, it’s okay to talk about depression. Seeking for help is normal. It will not merely bring you peace but can be an inspiration for others as well.