Stars...They're Just Like Us. Twenty Celebrities Who've Talked About Their Mental Health Struggles

Please note that I use "struggles/struggled" because I have no way of knowing whether the people listed here have completely overcome their mental health issues or whether it's an ongoing effort. This is an ONTD Original.

Cara Delevingne

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Struggles/struggled with depression.

"I hated myself for being depressed, I hated feeling depressed, I hated feeling. I was very good at disassociating from emotion completely. And all the time I was second-guessing myself, saying something and then hating myself for saying it. I didn't understand what was happening apart from the fact that I didn't want to be alive anymore."


Dwayne Johnson

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Struggles/struggled with depression.

"The struggle and pain is real. I was devastated and depressed. I reached a point where I didn't want to do a thing or go anywhere. I was crying constantly. (...) We all go thru the sludge/sh-- and depression never discriminates. Took me a long time to realize it but the key is to not be afraid to open up."


Jared Padalecki

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Struggles/struggled with depression.

"Maybe a lot of people don’t know this, but Season 3, we were shooting an episode, and I went back to my trailer to get changed and just kind of broke down. (...) And it kind of hit me like a sack of bricks. I mean, I was 25 years old. I had my own TV show. I had dogs that I loved and tons of friends and I was getting adoration from fans and I was happy with my work, but I couldn’t figure out what it was; it doesn’t always make sense is my point. It’s not just people who can’t find a job, or can’t fit in in society that struggle with depression sometimes."


Adele

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Struggles/struggled with postpartum depression.

"I had really bad postpartum depression after I had my son, and it frightened me. I didn’t talk to anyone about it. I was very reluctant. One day I said to a friend, ‘I f--kin’ hate this,’ and she just burst into tears and said, ‘I f--kin’ hate this, too.’ And it was done. It lifted."


Chrissy Teigen

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Struggles/struggled with depression.

"I had never, ever—in my whole entire life—had one person say to me: I have postpartum depression. Growing up in the nineties, I associated postpartum depression with Susan Smith, with people who didn’t like their babies or felt like they had to harm their children. I didn’t have anything remotely close to those feelings. I looked at Luna every day, amazed by her. So I didn’t think I had it. I also just didn’t think it could happen to me. I have a great life. I have all the help I could need: John, my mother (who lives with us), a nanny. But postpartum does not discriminate. I couldn’t control it. And that’s part of the reason it took me so long to speak up: I felt selfish, icky, and weird saying aloud that I’m struggling. Sometimes I still do.


Kirsten Bell

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Struggles/struggled with anxiety and depression.

“Negative memories stick in [your] brain more than positive ones. When I’m down, I try and think of 10 positive things. I make my kids do it too. When they complain, I say ok! Now name 10 things [you] love! Always keep trying. Don’t give in. Talk to friends, [a] therapist, take CBD or a medication, get outdoors, work out, write down lists of positive things.”


Shawn Mendes

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Struggles/struggled with anxiety.

"I made a conscious effort to be more connected to the people in my life. I found I was closing myself off from everybody, thinking that would help me battle it... then realizing the only way I was going to battle it was completely opening up and letting people in. People forget how important it is to talk to your family and to talk to your friends about what’s going on in your life, because the more you tell people how you feel, the more you understand how you feel and you have more control of your emotions."


Ryan Reynolds

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Struggles/struggled with anxiety.

“I have anxiety, I’ve always had anxiety - both 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. I was partying and just trying to make myself vanish in some way."


Gina Rodriguez

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Struggles/struggled with anxiety.

“I suffer from anxiety. And watching [this clip] I could see how anxious I was but I empathize with myself. I wanted to protect her and tell her it’s ok to be anxious, there is nothing different or strange about having anxiety and I will prevail. I like watching this video. It makes me uncomfortable but there is a freedom I feel maybe even an acceptance. This is me. Puro Gina.”


Leonardo DiCaprio

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Struggles/struggled with obsessive compulsive disorder.

“I’m able to say at some point, ‘OK, you’re being ridiculous, stop stepping on every gum stain you see. You don’t need to do walk 20 feet back and put your foot on that thing.”


Mariah Carey

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Struggles/struggled with bipolar disorder.

“Until recently I lived in denial and isolation and in constant fear someone would expose me. It was too heavy a burden to carry and I simply couldn’t do that anymore. I didn’t want to carry around the stigma of a lifelong disease that would define me...I was so terrified of losing everything. We’re taught, ‘Just go to church and pray about it. The Lord is going to heal you.’ Well, in the meantime, I believe God gifted people, physicians, doctors, therapists — that’s your healing. Take advantage of it. Go see a professional so that they can assess you. It’s OK if you’re going through something. Depression is not OK, but it is OK to go get help.”


Robert Downey Jr.

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Struggles/struggled with an substance abuse.

"Remember that just because you've hit the bottom doesn't mean you have to stay there."


Demi Lovato

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Struggles/struggled with an substance abuse and bipolar disorder.

"I remember sitting with my manager and my family and talking to them about whether or not to speak out about the issues that I was dealing with. I knew that there were two options: I could either not talk about my stint in rehab and hope that it went away, or I could talk about it and inspire people to get help for their issues, as well, so that's exactly what I did. (...) Mental health is something that we all need to talk about, and we need to take the stigma away from it."


Lily Colins

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Struggles/struggled with an eating disorder.

"I did consider that talking about my struggles with an eating disorder would overshadow my accomplishments as an actor, but I also knew this was something I needed to do to move forward as a human and an actress. I needed to let go."


Kerry Washington

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Struggles/struggled with an eating disorder.

"My brain and my heart are really important to me. I don’t know why I wouldn’t seek help to have those things be as healthy as my teeth. I go to the dentist. So why wouldn’t I go to a shrink?”


Zayn Malik

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Struggles/struggled with an eating disorder.

“When I look back at images of myself from around November 2014, before the final tour, I can see how ill I was. Something I’ve never talked about in public before, but which I have come to terms with since leaving the band, is that I was suffering from an eating disorder. It wasn’t as though I had any concerns about my weight or anything like that, I’d just go for days – sometimes two or three days straight – without eating anything at all. It got quite serious, although at the time I didn’t recognize it for what it was. I think it was about control. I didn’t feel like I had control over anything else in my life, but food was something I could control, so I did.”


Nicole Richie

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Struggles/struggled with an eating disorder.

"An eating disorder is serious and it’s a disease, and I don’t think you can lightly say that someone has a disease unless they’re openly telling you that they do."


Pete Davidson

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Struggles/struggled with Borderline Personality Disorder.

"Just because someone has a mental illness does not mean they can’t be happy and in a relationship. It also doesn’t mean that person makes the relationship toxic. Everybody is different and there are a lot of treatments for mental illnesses and I have done/am doing all of them … I just think it’s f***** up to stigmatize people as crazy and say that they are unable to do stuff that anyone can do."


Brandon Marshall

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Struggles/struggled with Borderline Personality Disorder.

"When I first heard the term 'mental health', the first thing that came to mind was mental toughness. Masking pain. Hiding it. Keeping it inside. That had been embedded in me since I was a kid. Never show weakness. Suck it up. Play through it. Live through it. Now, I realize that mental health means the total opposite. I was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD) in 2011, which is why I was in the outpatient program at McLean. I remember the doctors there gave me a pamphlet on BPD, explaining the signs and symptoms, and I started highlighting the things I had been feeling. By the time I was done, the whole damn pamphlet was yellow."


Kim Basinger

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Struggles/struggled with Avoidant Personality Disorder.

"As a child, I was very shy. Painfully, excruciatingly shy. I hid a lot in my room. I was so terrified to read out loud in school that I had to have my mother ask my reading teacher not to call on me in class. I just absolutely hated school. It was like a prison to me. When I came to Hollywood, I could wear a bikini, but I was in misery because people were looking at me. So I wore baggy clothes and watched other girls get the big parts and awards. I used to go home and play piano and scream at night to let out my frustrations."



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ONTD, how are you feeling today, how's your mental health? What are your coping strategies?