Mental illness is something that can only be understood if you deal with it. When it comes to anxiety, sometimes you can't even explain why you're anxious. Even though it is so common these days to suffer from anxiety, sometimes you can feel like you're the only one in the world going through it.
No matter if you deal with it on a daily basis or every once and a while, anxiety can ruin some of the best moments for you. While sometimes we think that celebrities are perfect, they're really not. More and more celebrities come out saying they suffer from a mental illness, and that's exactly why the stigma needs to stop.
Anxiety is really hard to go through, but just know that you're not alone. Some of the most put together people are the most anxious, and there are always ways to get help. It's no surprise that celebrities have crazy lives, which also leads to some form of mental illness. Here are X celebrities that unfortunately suffer from anxiety.
Ashley Benson, who played Hanna on Pretty Little Liars, seems super cool, calm and collected. However, she actually had panic attacks on set and would have to take Xanax, but ultimately decided to self-medicate through more natural remedies. She now credits meditation, working out, sleeping well, and eating healthy for combating her anxiety.
Emma Stone has always been super open about her struggle with anxiety. As a child, she used to have this fear that her house would burn down and the anxiety was so constant, she could hardly go to school. She credits a lot of her recovery to acting classes and improv, because you have to be in the moment.
It's no surprise that Khloe Kardashian hasn't had the easiest last few years. Specifically when all of that drama with Lamar was going on, Khloe was struggling big time. While the Kardashians have always said they're against therapy and medication, Khloe found her peace through working out. In an interview, Khloe said she would feel like everything was closing in and she would go to the gym and feel so much better.
Adele is one amazing singer, and just one of the best celebrities around. She mentioned to Rolling Stone in 2011 that she would be so anxious she would throw up before her concerts. She's also said that when she's anxious, she'll make jokes and try to get herself to laugh so she can distract herself.
Lady Gaga has been very open with her struggles with mental illness. She even created the Born This Way foundation for her fans to talk about their mental illness. She's admitted to suffering from depression and anxiety her whole life, but what helped her is saying no to things she doesn't want to do. She said this really helped who she wanted to see in the mirror each day, as she didn't feel like she was putting on a mask.
John Mayer used to, and still does, suffer from panic attacks associated with the fear that he may end up in a mental institution. He said it really helped that one of his best friends had anxiety too, and they would talk each other down. Through all of the symptoms, they would tell each other they were fine and they weren't having heart attacks.
Ryan Reynolds is arguably the funniest guy around. He's witty, he throws his kids and wife under the bus and we love him for it. However, recently he revealed he actually suffers with anxiety and he has his entire life. He says his experience with anxiety are anywhere from "in the lighthearted 'I'm anxious about this' kind of thing and I've been to the depths of the darker end of the spectrum, which is not fun". He stated that his humour is a defence mechanism, and he credits it to his dad being the 'stress dispensary in the house'. He credits his wife for helping him through it.
Amanda Seyfried has opened up about her OCD, but she also suffers from anxiety. Her anxiety stems from her health and she once thought she had a brain tumour and actually got an MRI because she was so sure. The neurologist ended up sending her to a psychiatrist, and she has been on medication ever since. She says she still does get terribly nervous, but it's due to the fact that she overanalyzes things.
Kid Cudi wrote an essay to his fans on Facebook a couple of years ago, stating that he was going to treatment for anxiety and depression. He said he had dealt with depression since he was a kid, and even admitted to using drugs to cope with it.
Kristen Bell has been super open about her struggle with anxiety, and has said that she takes medication for anxiety and depression. She has taken the medication since she was young, and doesn't plan to go off of it and has no shame in that. She's been an advocate for mental health for a while, posting various videos on her Instagram about how people can get help.
If you're an avid watcher of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, then you may see Kendall struggle with anxiety on there. Kris Jenner gets frequent phone calls from Kendall saying she's super anxious, as Kendall suffers from bad plane anxiety and sleep paralysis. She's admitted that she goes to therapy and also has breathing techniques she can use in certain situations.
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