5 Celebrities Who Overcame Mental Health Struggles
Demi Lovato-bipolar disorder
Twenty-four-year old Lovato has been a public figure and performer since her teens. At eighteen, she came forward with her story of bullying, addiction, an eating disorder, cutting, and depression. During a television interview, Lovato explained that it was during her treatment for addiction and eating disorders that she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. During that time, Lovato learned coping skills and adopted ways to control and understand her emotions. “For the first time in my life, I started to feel,” she said. Currently, Lovato is the celebrity spokesperson for Be Vocal: Speak Up for Mental Health campaign.
Steve Young-social anxiety disorder
NFL-hall of famer and BYU graduate, Steve Young had a seemingly perfect life. But in his new book, QB: My Life Behind the Spiral, Young admits to suffering from anxiety disorder for much of his life. “At its root is this desperation, like, I gotta make something happen,” he said, in a television interview.
Donny Osmond-social anxiety disorder
Another local celebrity who suffers from social anxiety disorder, Donny Osmond has been battling social anxiety while performing since he was a child. It was in 1994 while performing in the lead role in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat that he realized he needed help. Since 2004, Osmond has been an honorary member of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. “I want to let people know that they are not alone and that help is available,” he said.
Dan Reynolds-clinical depression
Dan Reynolds may be living the dream as a member of the chart-topping band Imagine Dragons but despite commercial success and a rewarding musical career, Reynolds described himself as “depressed as hell.” Since 2012, Reynolds has been honest about his battle with depression. “That’s a scary thing when you get everything that you could have wanted but yet you still feel an emptiness because, at that point, you think, ‘Oh man, if this doesn’t fill it, then I don’t know where to look anymore.” His new role as a husband and father has motivated him to make positive changes. “That made me feel like I needed to reevaluate my life and find a deeper appreciation for it.”
Leonardo DiCaprio-obsessive-compulsive disorder
The Oscar-winning star admitted he feels compelled to walk through doorways numerous times and step on sidewalk stains left by used chewing gum. But DiCaprio has managed to keep his OCD tendencies under control, saying, “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 that.’”