Mariah Carey (Bipolar disorder)
“Until recently I lived in denial and isolation and in constant fear someone would expose me,” Mariah told PEOPLE in an interview April 2018. She was talking about her bipolar disorder – a mental illness that causes extreme mood swings between depression and mania. “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. She was originally diagnosed in 2001.
J.K. Rowling (Depression)
J.K. Rowling was diagnosed with depression and tried to explain to Oprah Winfrey how if felt for her, “It’s so difficult to describe to someone who’s never been there because it’s not sadness. It’s that cold absence of feeling — that really hollowed-out feeling.” She even considered suicide as a single mother in her 20s. Thankfully thinking of her daughter spurred her on to get the help she needed.
Prince Harry (Depression)
Prince Harry has had issues with depression since losing his mother, Princess Diana, at the age of 12 in 1997. In an interview with The Telegraph journalist Bryony Gordon on her mental health podcast, he said, “I can safely say that losing my mum at the age of 12 and therefore shutting down all of my emotions for the last 20 years has had a quite serious effect on not only my personal life but also my work as well…I have probably been very close to a complete breakdown on numerous occasions.” He denied his mental illness issues for several years, but now campaigns to end the stigma surrounding mental illness.
Dwayne Johnson (Depression)
In a YouTube video for Oprah’s Masterclass, Johnson said “I found that, with depression, one of the most important things you could realize is that you’re not alone. You’re not the first to go through it; you’re not going to be the last to go through it. And oftentimes—it happens—you just feel like you’re alone. You feel like it’s only you. You’re in your bubble. And I wish I had someone at that time who could just pull me aside and [say], ‘Hey, it’s gonna be OK. It’ll be OK.’ So, I wish I knew that.” He opened up about his long battle with depression in an interview with The Express, and his difficult childhood, including living in poverty and witnessing his Mom try and kill herself when he was 15.
Chrissy Teigen (Postpartum depression)
Media do-it-all Chrissy Teigen revealed her difficulties with postpartum depression in an article for Glamour in 2017. “I also just didn’t think it could happen to me. I have a great life. I have all the help I could need: John, my mother (who lives with us), a nanny. But postpartum does not discriminate. I couldn’t control it. And that’s part of the reason it took me so long to speak up: I felt selfish, icky, and weird saying aloud that I’m struggling. Sometimes I still do.” She closed the article saying that she spoke up because “I want people to know it can happen to anybody, and I don’t want people who have it to feel embarrassed or to feel alone.”
Michael Phelps (Depression and ADHD)
Phelps was first diagnosed with ADHD as a child, and teachers said he’d never succeed in anything due to his failure to focus. At age 9, swimming became an outlet for his hyperactive energies.
The swimmer, who has 19 Olympic medals, revealed that after every Olympic games, he experienced a deep depression and even contemplated suicide at one point. This started in 2004, and Phelps said “It would be just me self-medicating myself, basically daily, to try to fix whatever it was that I was trying to run from,” fourth annual conference of the Kennedy Forum. His self-medication at that time was so severe that he was arrested for driving under the influence. He now uses the Michael Phelps Foundation to give kids stress management programs.
Selena Gomez (Anxiety and depression)
Gomez suffers from a chronic illness call lupus. She has said in People that “I’ve discovered that anxiety, panic attacks, and depression can be side effects of lupus, which can present their own challenges. I want to be proactive and focus on maintaining my health and happiness and have decided that the best way forward is to take some time off […] I know I am not alone by sharing this, I hope others will be encouraged to address their own issues.” Chronic illnesses and mental health conditions often go hand-in-hand with each other.
Ariana Grande (PTSD)
At the 2018 Billboard Music Awards, Ariana Grande revealed how she’s dealt with PTSD after the Manchester terrorist attacks. In a poignant speech, she said “I want to say that I find it interesting that this has been one of the best years in my career and, like, the worst of my life. I just want to say that if you’re someone out there who has no idea what this next chapter is going to bring, you’re not alone in that.”
Leonardo DiCaprio (OCD)
In an article on FemaleFirst.co.uk The Oscar-winning actor and climate activist acknowledged that he has a compulsion to walk through doorways multiple times and step on chewing gum stains he sees on the sidewalk. But DiCaprio can usually manage his OCD urges, saying, “I’m able to say at some point, ‘OK, you’re being ridiculous. Stop stepping on every gum stain you see. You don’t need to do that.” OCD symptoms can range anywhere from minding irritating to totally debilitating if left unchecked. It is always important to seek help if you experience intrusive and repetitive compulsions.
Sarah Silverman (Panic attacks and depression)
In an interview with Glamour, Silverman said, “People use ‘panic attack’ very casually out here in Los Angeles, but I don’t think most of them really know what it is. Every breath is labored. You are dying. You are going to die. It’s terrifying. And then when the attack is over, the depression is still there…I wouldn’t wish depression on anyone. But if you ever experience it, or are experiencing it right now, just know that on the other side, the little joys in life will be that much sweeter. The tough times, the days when you’re just a ball on the floor-they’ll pass. You’re playing the long game and life is totally worth it.”