There’s no doubt that there is a stigma associated with mental health. When an individual complains of poor physical health, there is understanding and support from society and people are usually comfortable consulting a health specialist for these ailments. But this is not the case for mental illnesses.
People suffering from mental health issues often feel uncomfortable asking for help because of the stigma associated. Being diagnosed with mental illnesses does not mean the end of your life.
Listed below are some celebrities who have managed to battle mental illnesses and live happy and fulfilling life.
Catherine Zeta Jones, the critically acclaimed Welsh actress who played roles in Zorro and The Haunting revealed that she struggled with bipolar disorder in 2011.
Legendary singer, Elton John admitted that she struggled with bulimia, an eating disorder where victims binge on large quantities of food and then throw up soon after to avoid weight gain. His struggle with substance abuse, both alcohol and drugs was a long and brutal battle.
Pete Wentz of the band, Fall Out Boy admitted to struggling with bipolar disorder but thanks to getting the help he required, he is not only able to manage his disorder but also continue his legacy as a bassist for the popular rock band.
Disney channel star Demi Lovato revealed that she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2011. Additionally, she has also struggled with bulimia, self harm and substance abuse. With lots of support from both her loved ones and fans she has managed to get the help she needs. She is now successfully working on her music and is also an earnest advocate for mental illness awareness.
Witty screenwriter and talented actress, Emma Thompson suffered from depression during the early years of her career. However, getting professional help has helped her overcome the disorder and reach new heights in her life.
“I have never been remotely ashamed of having been depressed. Never. What’s to be ashamed of? I went through a really rough time and I am quite proud that I got out of that.”
- J. K. Rowling