11 celebrities who openly talked about their mental illnesses and struggles

Depression and mental disorders are two things people find really difficult to talk about or discuss. People who are depressed or have certain mental disorders are challenged every day. They have a life that is a continuous struggle. At such times, people look at celebrities for courage, inspiration and motivation. Here are 10 celebrities who openly talked about their mental illnesses, and how they accepted them and found relief for them.

1. The Supernatural and Gilmore Girls actor, Jared Padalecki and Depression

“We were shooting an episode, and I went back to my trailer to get changed and just kind of broke down. A doctor came to set and talked to me for about 30 minutes or 45 minutes and said: Jared, I think you’re clinically depressed. I think I should write you a note and we can shut down production for five days and then we can take it from there. 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.”

2. Demi Lovato and Bipolar Disorder

“I never found out until I went into treatment that I was bipolar. There were times when I was so manic, I was writing seven songs in one night and I’d be up until 5:30 in the morning.” People, 2011

3. Megan Fox and OCD, particularly with using restaurant silverware and public toilets.

“I took him right on my chest and, from that moment, nothing he does freaks me out. I don’t want to give him a complex. (The anxiety) has been significantly better since he was born. I would say, like, 80 per cent better.” Marie Claire, 2013

4. David Beckham and OCD

“Walk into a hotel room and before I can get settled I have to unpack, everything has to be perfect; the magazines the right way, the drawers in the right way, or whatever it is. It’s tiring. But it’s more tiring if it’s not done the right way?” Esquire

5. Jim Carrey and Depression
“I was on Prozac for a long time. It may have helped me out of a jam for a little bit, but people stay on it forever. I had to get off at a certain point because I realized that, you know, everything’s just okay.”
6. Leonardo DiCaprio and OCD
“The Aviator actually reawakened a mild form of the condition. I had the thing where I would walk to school and have to walk, you know, go back a block because I didn’t step on a crack. And I felt like something was going to go wrong if I didn’t do that. And I wanted to sort of reawaken that throughout the course of the film, DiCaprio told Couric. So sometimes, you know, it would take me a while to get to set. And I would have to be doing things in my trailer. And it literally drove me nuts a lot of the time. And it lasted for a couple months after filming and still is there’s trails of it here and there.” Source
7. Jessica Alba and Obsession: Perfectionism and control

“I used to unplug every single appliance in my house. Or I’d double-check every door in my house to make sure it was locked at night,” she told CosmoGirl. “It was like a panic come over me and I had to do something, and once I did it, I was OK. … It was really me needing to control something.” Source


8. Brad Pitt and depression

“I used to deal with depression, but I don’t now, not this decade — maybe last decade. But that’s also figuring out who you are. I see it as a great education, as one of the seasons or a semester: ‘This semester I was majoring in depression.’ I was doing the same thing every night and numbing myself to sleep — the same routine: Couldn’t wait to get home and hide out. But that feeling of unease was growing and one night I just said, ‘This is a waste.’ Hollywood reporter


9. Adam Levine and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)

“When I was first diagnosed with ADHD, it wasn’t a surprise because I had difficulty in high school focusing,” the L.A. native admits. “And I think now, people notice my ADHD as an adult on a daily basis. When I can’t pay attention, I really can’t pay attention.” US Magazine


10. Angelina Jolie and Depression

“My mother had just passed away, and I wanted to do something physical to get it out of my head for a while. I felt I was going into a very dark place, and I wasn’t capable of getting up in the morning, so I signed up for something that would force me to be active.” Cosmopolitan


11. Deepika Padukone and depression

“My breathing was different, it was not a deep breath, it was very shallow, uneven breath, sometimes gasping for breath. I would say feeling empty in my stomach and they had explained it as the pittish feeling, that is the first thing I said to them because that was the feeling that wouldn’t just go. It felt like knot in my stomach. if I have had  malaria or if I hurt my ankle I always had my mind to help me recover. What  do I do in  a case like this when my mind is not talking to me.” NDTV

Hope this makes you feel better!