Mental health illnesses can be extremely difficult to talk about, especially considering the stigma still attached to them. But in recent years, more and more celebs are sharing candid details about their mental well being and all the battles they’ve endured. It seems that no matter how big a home and bank account, or how many fans they have, celebs are not immune to the effects of mental illness. While some celebs enjoy talking about outrageously indulgent beauty treatments, here are some who have had the courage to tell their stories and help ditch the stigmas attached to mental health issues.
Demi Lovato – bipolar disorder
Music performer and mental health advocate for the Be Vocal: Speak Up for Mental Health campaign, Demi Lovato actively talks about her past illnesses and how she’s coped with them. Now in her late twenties, she’s previously suffered from a host of mental issues which include addictions, cutting, eating disorders and depression since her teens, and she’s not alone. It’s estimated that 2.6% of Americans live with bipolar disorder. It was only later in life when she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, she’s since learnt to understand and control her emotions that dominated her younger days and has given honest accounts of her recovery to help others.
Darrell Hammond – schizophrenia
The famous Saturday Night Live comedian and American actor has made many public appearances to speak out about his childhood abuse and subsequent mental health issues. The trauma, sparked by his mother’s brutal abuse, left him with a trail of misdiagnosis and hospitalization which included schizophrenia, borderline personality disorder, multiple personality disorder, Aspergers, psychosis, and bipolar disorder. He blames much of the difficulty dealing with these issues on not having a decent diagnosis and treatment plan for his condition. On the bright side, what one can learn from his example, is to always make sure they scouts out all the schizophrenia treatment and care options out there, as soon as the condition has been diagnosed.
Angelina Jolie – depression
Although never having admitted that she’s been treated in rehab for drug and alcohol consumption, Angelina has candidly discussed her self-destructive feelings while she was a young adult which brought about her depression and documented drug use to overcome an emptiness inside her. She has also admitted her obsessing about death to the point of trying to cut herself with blades and knives but has now transformed her life, first initiated by becoming the Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR).
These celebs are certainly not the first and won’t be the last in discussing their personal battles with mental health but it’s welcomed as a way of humanizing them while speaking out about their troubles.