The brain is the most complex organ in the human body and even though science has come a long way, we still do not have a cure for mental illness. We know anxiety, depression and bi polar disorders can be treated with counseling and medication, but how do we know where they stem from? Can they ever just go away?
You might be surprised to find out that 1 in 4 people suffer from a mental health disorder like depression, anxiety or obsessive compulsive disorder. According to NAMI.org, 1 in 17 people suffer from more severe forms of mental health disorders like schizophrenia and schizo-affective disorder. Famous or not famous, rich or poor, male or female, black or white, people do struggle with mental illness and it’s more common than you may think. Here are 5 famous celebrities you probably didn’t know struggle with Mental Health Issues.
She wowed millions of adoring fans back when Mariah was the high-pitched bombshell in the 1990s, with hit songs like “Always Be My Baby”, “One Sweet Day,” “Fantasy” to name a few. Mariah hasn’t always been open about her mental health until a recent, exclusive interview with People’s Editor-in-Chief Jess Cagle. Mariah opened up for the first time about her struggle with bipolar disorder.
“Until recently I lived in denial and isolation and in constant fear someone would expose me,” she explained. “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.”
We know Shawn as the handsome and talented singer who recently came to fame with his hits like, “Mercy,” “Life of the Party,” and “Never Be Alone.” In a recent interview, Shawn said he “ I knew people who had suffered from anxiety and found it kind of hard to understand, but then when it hits you, you’re like, ‘Oh my God, what is this? This is crazy.” The star says he never struggled as a kid, but depression creeped in later in his life
The beautiful British actress, Catherine Zeta Jones, has had some tough years, from her husband’s cancer to her own very public battle with bipolar disorder. While the couple was fighting Michael Douglas’s cancer, Zeta Jones was facing her very own battle with bipolar disorder.
When the tabloid press revealed Catherine was seeking medical help in 2011, the actress issued a statement clarifying her condition. She says, “[Bipolar] is something I have been dealing with for a long time. When you get sideswiped like that [with Douglas’s illness] it’s an obvious trigger for your balance to be a little bit off – not sleeping, worry, stress. It’s a classic trigger.”
According to the Telegraph, “Catherine’s openness has been applauded by charities for helping to change the perception of mental illness in society. Bipolar disorder is something Zeta Jones will deal with for the rest of her life, and in April she checked herself into hospital for treatment – something she plans to do regularly, as part of her quest to stay healthy.”
This fashion model is not shy when it comes to the cameras or myriads of magazine covers. And Bella isn’t shy about her struggles with anxiety either. While stopping by to meet with a group of aspiring models for Lifetime’s new series, Making a Model with Yolanda Hadid, Hadid opened up about her experience with anxiety (People.com). “Believe me, I get it and I understand it,” she admitted when one of the contestants, Makenzie, revealed she struggles with social anxiety disorder. “I was totally there. My sister [Gigi Hadid] is very bubbly and very out there, and I was always very reserved. I would literally start crying and shaking if I had to do interviews at red carpet events. It was really nerve-racking and it’s scary, and it’s not only you.”
“It gets a lot better once you have to talk to people every day,” she added. “Then you’re like, ‘Okay, I guess it’s my job, I have to do it!’”
Creed front man Scott Stapp recently revealed he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. According to People magazine, in 2017, Stapp made headlines for his alcohol and drug addiction and erratic behavior. "In my delusional thinking, I thought my family was involved in ISIS, and that millions of dollars had been taken from me to support terrorism," he told People magazine. "All of it was nonsense. I was out of my mind." Stapp was admitted into an intensive program in a dual diagnostic facility where he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. "It was hard to process," he says. "There's a stigma associated with it. But Jaclyn [Stapp's wife] kept telling me, 'Embrace it. We love you.' It became a big sign of relief, because finally, we had an answer."
Now in intensive therapy, Stapp takes medication for his disorder and is also involved in a 12-step program. "Nothing is more important than my sobriety," he says.