You may think that celebrities have it all. They have fame, money, beauty, and properties that are not available to many. However, behind their lush lawns and sprawling mansions hide an ongoing battle with many ailments just like us. And this includes depression.
Contrary to popular belief, being famous and having a wealthy lifestyle doesn’t necessarily shield an individual from mental illnesses. There can still be feelings of anxiousness, loneliness, and sadness, even if they seem to have it all.
Some of these celebrities have been known to battle depression under public scrutiny. However, when they have spoken about what they were going through without fearing shame and criticism, they have shown that mental illness should be taken seriously. Anyone can live a whole and healthy life, even with depression – we just need to ask for help. Here’s four celebrities who did just that.
Jim Carrey is one of the most influential comedians globally, but he had shocked viewers in an interview saying that he had spent his life feeling depressed after two failed marriages. He had known to seek help from psychiatrists who had recommended medicine to him.
Carrey admitted that the antidepressant helped a little, but he realised that he doesn’t want to be dependent on the drug forever. Jim said supplements and a healthy diet have been a lot of help on his road to recovery.
One of Hollywood’s teen icons, Demi Lovato has openly shared her experiences with depression, an eating disorder and bipolar disorder. Sharing that she has struggled with suicidal thoughts at a very early age, she has said that those thoughts haunting throughout several periods of her life. Demi has also struggled with substance abuse and self-injury, and spoken about how her mental health struggles impacted this. Demi has received help multiple times, and today is in a good place. Now, she uses her story to inspire other people to ask for help.
Cara Delevingne is one of the most sought-after supermodels in the world, and at just the age of 15, she was already famous. However she experienced bullying, and was hit with self-loathing, anxiety, and bouts of depression when she found out she had a family history of addiction. You can read here about other celebrities who have experienced similar feelings to her.
While Cara did receive help through medications and therapy, she turned to drugs and reckless behaviors in attempt to deal with the pain. At one point, she was suicidal and looking for a reason to live.
Amazingly, one thing that helped Cara choose to live was a song by famous band Outkast. Now, the supermodel is very successful with her career in print and film, and she’s helping youth overcome their own adversities. She is living proof that recovery is a personal choice – and we can find hope and help when we choose to accept it.
Actor and soon to be mum Sophie Turner shared how she began feeling anxious and depressed at 17 years old. She experienced an eating disorder and lacked of self-confidence.
Turner said that therapy and medication have helped her cope with her depression. She’s also found comfort in the support of her best friend and co-star Masie Williams, and her husband, Joe Jonas.
Sophie shows us that doing life with people who love and support us no matter what is crucial to living with depression. We don’t have to do it alone – in fact, Sophie’s husband Joe even wrote a song about it!
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