10 Famous Person With Mental Illness: Looking At On Health & Wellness

1. Chrissy Teigen

Teigen, a native of Utah and successful model, TV host, and wife of multi-platinum recording artist John Legend, opened up in a sincere essay that was featured in the April 2017 issue of Glamour Magazine.

She wrote, “I had everything I needed to be happy. “However, I felt unhappy for a large portion of the past year. I have postpartum depression, which up until December practically everyone around me knew but I didn’t. Teigen concluded her essay by elaborating on her decision to speak up at this time. “I don’t want people who have it to feel ashamed or alone. I want people to know it can happen to anyone.”

2. Demi Lovato

Since she was a teen, Lovato, now 24 years old, has been a performer and public figure. She came forward at the age of 18 to share her experience with bullying, addiction, an eating disorder, cutting, and depression. Lovato revealed in a television interview that her bipolar disorder was discovered while she was receiving treatment for addiction and eating disorders. Lovato developed coping mechanisms and methods to manage and comprehend her emotions during that time. I began to feel for the first time in my life, she said. At the moment, Lovato serves as the campaign’s celebrity spokesperson for Be Vocal: Speak Up for Mental Health.

3. Lincoln Abraham

According to numerous biographies written by Carl Sandburg, the esteemed sixteenth President of the United States experienced severe, incapacitating depressions that occasionally resulted in thoughts of suicide.

4. Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez, a former Disney star who first found success on the television programme Wizards of Waverly Place, made her bipolar disorder diagnosis public in April 2020.

In a 2020 interview with Elle, Gomez stated, “I recently went to one of the best mental health hospitals in America, McLean Hospital [affiliated with Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts], and I discussed that after years of going through a lot of different things, I realised I was bipolar.” Therefore, having more knowledge is helpful to me. When I am aware of it, I am not afraid.

During a subsequent interview with Elle in 2021, Gomez stated, “I felt a huge weight lifted off me when I found out.” “I could exhale deeply and say, “Okay, that explains so much,”” she said.

Gomez has been open about her battles with anxiety and depression. She was given a lupus diagnosis in 2014. Through her platform, WonderMind, which she cofounded in 2021 with her mother, Mandy Teefy, and CEO of The Newsette, Danielle Pierson, the “Lose You to Love Me” singer now hopes to normalise conversations about mental health.

5. Dwayne Johnson

He confessed, “I didn’t know what it was,” in a 2014 interview with The Hollywood Reporter. “I couldn’t explain why I didn’t feel like doing anything. I had never had an experience like that.

Johnson subsequently revealed what had helped him. On a 2015 episode of “Oprah’s Master Class,” the actor stated, “I found that one of the most important things you could realise is that you’re not alone with depression.” You’re not the first person to experience it. You won’t be the last person to experience it. That person could have easily pulled me aside and told me, “Hey, it’s going to be OK.” It’ll be alright.

6. Kanye West

Kanye West is a well-known rapper, hip hop musician, record producer, and fashion designer who now legally goes by the moniker “Ye.” West was given a bipolar disorder diagnosis and admitted to a mental health facility in 2016.

For his erratic behaviour and social media posts over the past few years, West has drawn interest as well as criticism.

West revealed that his mania can cause racing thoughts, irritability, sleep loss, paranoia, or psychosis as a guest on David Letterman’s Netflix series “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction.”

“When you’re in this state, everything makes you hyper-paranoid… Everything is a plot, West declared. “You feel like the government is planting mental stumbling blocks. You think someone is watching you. You experience each of these.

7. J. K. Rowling

The Harry Potter series’ author has openly discussed her past battles with depression. At her lowest, J.K. Rowling had considered killing herself. She adds that she is making progress thanks to cognitive behavioural therapy. Rowling claims she has never felt ashamed to admit she has depression or that she chose to get help.

8. Leonardo DiCaprio

For almost 30 years, Leonardo DiCaprio has been a household name in the entertainment world. Even so, many people are shocked to learn that the talented actor frequently struggles with episodes of OCD.

The Oscar-winning heartthrob has acknowledged that he frequently feels compelled to repeatedly walk through doorways and step on chewing gum stains on the sidewalk, but he claims he is able to control these tendencies with some practise and regularity.

“At some point, I can tell them, “OK, you’re being silly, stop stepping on every gum stain you see. You are not required to do that. You can place your foot on that object without having to move 20 feet back. Nothing bad will occur,'” declared DiCaprio.

9. Michael Phelps

With a total of 28 medals, retired competitive swimmer Michael Phelps is the most successful and decorated Olympian ever, but that didn’t make him immune to depression. In a 2018 interview with CNN, Phelps said, “I think I fell into a major state of depression after every Olympics.” Phelps has previously acknowledged using drugs as a form of self-medication and having suicidal thoughts. Through the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and the Michael Phelps Foundation, he now uses his experience to benefit others.

10. Britney Spears

After entering a mental health facility in April, Britney Spears, 37, made headlines once more. Others were reminded that the singer has repeatedly sought treatment for her mental health since 2007 while the hashtag #FreeBritney was trending on social media. Spears had previously acknowledged receiving a postpartum depression diagnosis and having a bipolar disorder diagnosis.

Some mental health disorders’ symptoms are frequently made worse by drugs and alcohol. Spears has acknowledged engaging in heavy drinking, “dabbling” with drugs, and smoking marijuana.

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