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Stigmatizing certain beliefs or behaviors is equivalent to disgracing and demoralizing a person and attaching a negative label to his or her personality. Rooted in misunderstanding and discrimination, stigma refers to a set of beliefs and attitudes that may lead people to avoid, fear or reject societal norms, objects or individuals perceived to be different or dangerous.
Coping with mental illnesses is a tough task in its own that needs medical intervention. However, when the patient has to make an extra effort to fight away the associated stigma, the situation can worsen, preventing the individual from seeking professional treatment. In order to change the existing mindset surrounding mental illnesses, it is important to start talking about it. It is important for individuals to share their struggles with mental illnesses to decrease the stigma associated with them. Recently, many celebrities have taken the initiative of talking about their mental health struggles and how they overcame them. The move will have a positive impact on the society as a whole and encourage more people living with a mental illness to open up and get the necessary help.
We bring to you inspiring stories of 10 celebrities who opened up about their mental health in 2017.
Selena Gomez on Instagram fatigue and mentally taxing tours
The “The Heart Wants What It Wants” singer has always been open about her struggle with anxiety, depression and panic attacks related to Lupus, an autoimmune disease. While the singer has been to rehab for her mental illness, what really taxes her is Instagram updates and tours. Describing tours as lonely places, Gomez has confessed to having panic attacks right before getting on stage or after leaving it. Failing to figure out her own condition, the singer admitted she has no wisdom to share with the young crowd. Gomez recently took herself off social media and out of the spotlight to treat her anxiety and depression.
Chrissy Teigen on postpartum depression
The Sports Illustrated model and a New York Times best-selling cookbook author, Chrissy Teigen, opened up about her battle with postpartum depression (PPD) and anxiety that sucked out all her courage and energy. While admitting that she is not completely free of PPD, the beloved celebrity offered her words of encouragement to other mothers reminding them that the process of getting through such a condition is by no means an easy one, but one should accept it and move on. She also opened up about her alcohol use in the past.
Michelle Williams on experiencing depression and suicide
One of the top-selling female groups of all times, Destiny’s Child’s singer Michelle Williams has opened up about her struggles with depression while being a part of the group. She did not realize how serious her depression was and by 2013, she became suicidal. Talking about the disease on a television show, the singer hoped that her frankness would help normalize discussions around mental illnesses.
Lili Reinhart on dealing with severe anxiety
Best known for her role as Betty Cooper in hit TV show “Riverdale,” Lili Reinhart has spoken about her anxiety and spending almost five months in a bedroom feeling anxious and waiting for her next audition. The actress further confessed to quitting several jobs as they made her anxious to the point that she could not work physically. On recognizing that her mental health was deteriorating, Reinhart began seeing a therapist who helped put her life back on track and reconstruct it.
Demi Lovato on bipolar disorder, eating disorder, depression and addiction
Diagnosed with depression and bipolar disorder, Demi Lovato has become an advocate for therapy and treatment. The actress and pop singer who has never been shy of sharing her personal story wants to increase awareness about mental health, eating disorders and addiction among teen girls and young women, and help erase the stigma surrounding these diseases. Talking about the importance of opening about one’s mental illness to others, the singer has often confessed to feeling alone till she was properly diagnosed with her mental problem.
Prince Harry on pretending to be fine after losing his mother
Being an arch supporter of removing the stigma surrounding mental health, Prince Harry has opened up about his own emotional and mental health struggles. Though the Prince had been dealing with these issues since his mother’s death, he recently realized that all those years, he was hiding from his emotions. Losing his mother at the age of 12 made him shut down all his emotions. However, with encouragement and support from his brother and other people, he has come to terms with the reality and is progressing on the path to recovery.
Cara Delevingne on keeping her depression a secret
Model-turned-actress Cara Delevingne has opened up about her battles with mental health while highlighting the struggles she underwent to overcome her troubles. Talking about her teenage depression, she confessed being bogged down by feelings of alienation and suicide. Breakdown at the age of 15, quitting school and being a victim of bullying due to underdeveloped body left her depressed. She hated feeling anything and found a way to disassociate from all her emotions. Eventually, acting gave her a sense of purpose in life.
Gabrielle Union on sexual assault and resulting PTSD
After being raped at gunpoint at the age of 19 years, Gabrielle Union (44) suffered from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). While shooting for medical drama “City of Angels,” she was under immense stress watching a colleague filming a rape scene. She could sense the PTSD symptoms overpowering her on the sets. She then received mental health services at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) where the counselors helped her grow into a confident public personality. The actress hopes to bring to light the most underreported crime of the world, rape.
Katy Perry on dealing with suicidal thoughts
Talking about suicidal thoughts, American singer and songwriter Kate Perry has opened up about her struggles with her public persona, about feeling low and depressed, and experiencing recurrent suicidal thoughts. Talking about “living under this crazy microscope”, the singer has often talked about the challenges she faces in being her authentic self while promoting her public image.
Tyler Posey on battling depression
For “Teen Wolf” star Tyler Posey, the year 2014 was devastating. Soon after ending his engagement with childhood sweetheart, Posey lost his mother to breast cancer. While the actor tried his best to keep his senses, he soon realized that he needed professional help. He was hesitant to get into therapy at first but soon realized how helpful it could be. The actor admits to being in a mentally stable state now and continues to remind people that therapy is a ‘safe place’ and no one should be afraid to go for it.
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