11 Brave Celebs Who Have Spoken Out About Their Mental Illness
It’s easy to assume that celebrities, who grace our TV screens and magazine covers every day, are exempt from serious issues like mental illness. Although mental health has been a taboo subject for many years, tons of celebrities now are using their fame to help lift the stigma, and bring the subject out into the open.
Here are a few celebrities who have gone the extra mile and campaigned for more awareness surrounding mental health issues.
Many people were shocked when teen superstar Demi Lovato checked into a facility to seek treatment for critical mental health issues which manifested themselves in bulimia, bipolar disorder, and self-injury.
After she checked out, her willingness to discuss her situation with the media showed that she was not only determined to get better, but was also committed to helping young fans who were suffering from the same issues. She revealed that she had been suffering from anxiety which resulted in self-harm since she was 11 years old. Some of the inspiration for her song “Skyscraper” comes from these troubled times.
Former model, actress and singer Brooke Shields had just given birth to her first child when she was struck with post-partum depression, a mental health issue that affects millions of women each year. Not every woman wants to talk about it — after all, new mothers are expected to be wildly happy after their child is born. Some women are unable to open up about the fact that not only are they not happy, they experience depression and even psychosis after giving birth.
Thankfully, Shields sought treatment within a few weeks, and a therapist was able to help her quell some of her anxiety and suicidal thoughts. Two years later, she wrote a book called Down Came the Rain, in which she discusses her struggle with post-partum depression and how she overcame it.
Transformers actress Megan Fox’s quirky habits are well known among her family and friends. She won’t to eat with restaurant silverware, and flat-out refuses to use public restrooms, both because of her overwhelming fear of germs. Although to some these habits seem quirky and adorable, they are symptomatic of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), a serious mental health issue that can be debilitating if left untreated.
Thankfully, Fox has experienced more freedom from her OCD after her first son Noah was born. She credits his birth with almost completely curing her of her compulsions about germs, and now speaks openly about her past struggles.