Saturday, July 21, 2018

Celebrities: Depression & Anxiety

"We are all humans and all deserve the same respect and attention."
 - Lazarus of Bethany

We may feel we are, but are not alone.

This is going to be a very short post…but I wanted to give you a taste of just a sliver of the female celebrities who have opened up about their struggles with depression and/or anxiety to provide some perspective.

I want to show how prevelant mental illness is - and show that 'mental illness" does NOT mean "crazy'.

I know celebrities are human like we are - but these are people in the public eye; people that the public listens to.

Here is a taste:

  • Kendell Jenner
  • Adele
  • Beyonce 
  • Miley Cyrus
  • Dakota Johnson
  • Emma Stone
  • Chrissy Teigen
  • Carrie Fisher
  • Glenn Close
  • Demi Lovato
  • AshleyBenson
  • Khloé Kardashian
  • Lady Ga Ga
  • Selena Gomez
  • Kerry Washington
  • Princess Diana
  • Kristen Stewart
  • Kristen Bell
  • Cara Delevingne
  • Brooke Shields
  • Lena Dunham
  • Halle Berry
  • J. K. Rowling
  • Sarah Silverman
  • Olivia Munn

Notice that many of these people are fairly young. I think this is a good sign. People are slowly becoming more willing to give mental illness a voice - because sufferers know how difficult it is.

It also points to the fact that more men keep quiet about their struggles and they shouldn't be made to feel weak or "less than" for having an illness.

There are some men celebrities who have come out,  however we need more men to speak about their struggles as well.

The world is slowly changing regarding the stigma about mental health - but so much more needs to be done.

I thank the people above in the public eye for using their platforms to share their stories.

Some people feel that they don't have a voice - or that it won't be heard. I hope that these famous people sharing their struggles will be a positive trend and a start to change that.

Let's keep the conversation going.



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