According to a report by World Health Organization, anxiety disorders affect an estimated 3.6 percent of the world’s population. So far as celebrities are concerned far from immune. In fact, anxiety is fairly common place in Hollywood and among others in the spotlight given the demanding nature of their professions. The high pressure careers and constantly being in the public eye makes famous people more prone to anxiety. At time people with even strong nerves such as athletes or thinkers are often under extreme pressure to reproduce the same or better caliber work that catapulted them to fame in the first place, all while under an increasingly critical public eye. Various agreements and vigorous deadlines with record labels, producers, and coaches can put a major emphasis on performance goals that tend not to take the health and well-being of the various communities including artists, sport stars and other professionals into account. Keeping in mind their unpredictable schedules, long and continuous work hours, late night shows & performance, demands long tours and long hours, grueling practices.
In this article it is intended to discuss the lives of some celebrities, who had various types of anxiety, including generalized anxiety disorder and panic disorder. This article is going to provide all of us a guide line that may help to understand these conditions and their related symptoms, often with the help of professionals these celebrities have been able not only to better manage their anxiety but also continue to thrive in their careers.
In 2016, Selena Gomez took a career break because of panic attacks, depression, and anxiety connected to her lupus, according to People. Then in October 2018, People reported that she sought treatment for her mental health after suffering a panic attack while in the hospital for a low white blood cell count, a complication that’s frequently related with kidney transplant and lupus patients (Gomez had received a kidney transplant in the summer of 2017 from her best friend, Francia Raisa). The singer is currently undergoing dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). In in 2018, while she was talking to Harper’s Bazaar (Fashion magazine) about her mental health and why she’s taking her time creating new music. “I’ve had a lot of issues with depression and anxiety, and I’ve been very vocal about it, but it’s not something I feel I’ll ever overcome,” she said. “I want to make sure I’m healthy. If that’s good, everything else will fall into place.”
Marcus Thomas Morris
Marcus Morris grew up in a North Philadelphia neighborhood rife with gang violence, a place that he says has contributed to his anxiety and depression. In an interview with ESPN in 2018, he stated that “At that time, I didn’t trust any white people because I didn’t know any white people. Honestly, I didn’t feel like I could trust anybody, not even the people in my neighborhood, who I knew my whole life,”
Growing up, he loved playing basketball with his twin brother, Markieff. But when he joined the NBA and started jumping from team to team, he felt increasingly anxious, turning to sleeping pills and marijuana (an illegal drug) but not finding much relief. He says that seeing a mental health therapist made him feel calmer, happier, and more productive. Morris also says that daily meditation helps him feel centered.
Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta
Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, known professionally as Lady Gaga in an interview to Billboard, in 2015 opened up about her mental health issues. “I’ve suffered through depression and anxiety my entire life; I still suffer with it every single day. I just want these kids to know that that depth that they feel as human beings is normal. We were born that way. This modern thing, where everyone is feeling shallow and less connected? That‘s not human,” Gaga said. The Grammy Award winning artist, born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, created the Born This Way Foundation in 2012 to build empowered communities and improve mental health resources for young adults.
“I openly admit to having battled depression and anxiety and I think a lot of people do,” Gaga said in a 2016 interview with The Mirror “I think it’s better when we all say: ‘Cheers!’ And ‘fess up to it.
Ariana Grande Born
After bombing at her Manchester Arena concert in May 2017, Ariana Grande experienced symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTDS), according to an article, published in Vogue (UK) cover story in which she revealed that she had long suffered from anxiety. “My anxiety has anxiety. No. I’ve always had anxiety. I’ve never really spoken about it because I thought everyone had it, but when I got home from tour it was the most severe I think it’s ever been,” Grande explained. In October 2018, the singer broke off her engagement to actor Pete Davidson and skipped rehearsals for the NBC special A very wicked Halloween: Celebrating 15 years on Broadway, according to NME news and other sources, but she made it to the filming. “Can’t believe I almost let my anxiety ruin this for me today!” the singer posted in an Instagram story about performing for the special.
In 2017, the actress took a short, makeup free video of herself to include in photographer friend Anton Soggiu’s Ten Second Portraits project on Instagram. CNN reported.
“I suffer from anxiety. And watching this clip, I could see how anxious I was. But I empathize with myself,” Rodriquez wrote on Instagram. “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.”
Kimberly Noel Kardashian West
In a 2016 episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, fashion mogul and reality TV icon Kim Kardashian West opened up about her anxiety, particularly around car crashes, and started seeing a therapist. Her younger sister Kendall Jenner also struggles with anxiety and Sleep Paralysis, and in the same episode, they attend meditation class.
Just a month prior to that episode, Kardashian had been bound and held at gunpoint in a Paris hotel room. “I definitely get a lot more anxiety now, just with people knowing your every move,” Kardashian West told The New York Time Style Magazine Singapore during an interview in September 2017.
Zain Javadd “Zayn” Malik
The former One Direction singer wrote an article for Time (based on an excerpt from his memoir, Zayn) about why he went public with his anxiety issues after becoming a solo artist. He said “Anxiety is nothing to be ashamed of; it affects millions of people every day. I know I have fans out there who have been through this kind of thing, too, and I wanted to be honest for their sake, if nothing else. When I was in One Direction, my anxiety issues were huge but, within the safety net of the band, they were at least manageable. As a solo performer, I felt much more exposed, and the psychological stress of performing had just gotten to be too much for me to handle — at that moment, at least. Rather than hiding away, sugar-coating it, I knew I had to put it all out there,” Malik wrote.
Emily Jean “Emma
Emily Jean “Emma know as Emma Stone during an interview at the Child Mind Institute in October 2018, opened up about her anxiety issues and her first panic attack as a 7-year-old. “I was at a friend’s house, and all of a sudden I was absolutely convinced the house was on fire and it was burning down. I was just sitting in her bedroom and obviously the house wasn’t on fire, but there was nothing in me that didn’t think we were going to die,” Stone said. Soon after her first panic attack, Stone started seeing a therapist who diagnosed her with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD).
To this day, she says she still has panic attacks, but seeing a therapist, meditating, and reaching out to people instead of staying isolated helps her cope. “You don’t have to be an actor to get over anxiety, you don’t have to be a writer to overcome it. You just have to find what that thing is within you that you are drawn to.”
Caryn Elaine Johnson
Carn Elaine Johnson professionally known as Whoopi Goldberg, As cohost of The View has been afraid to fly for years: For decades, Goldberg traveled via private bus from New York to Los Angeles because she was so scared of flying. Goldberg’s condition is a form of anxiety known as a phobia, a fear of a particular object or situation. Treatment for phobias can include medication, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and exposure therapy. To ease her phobia, Goldberg went for the third option: She took a course by Virgin Atlantic that helps people work through their issues with flying, CNN reports.
Mardy Simpson Fish
During the 2012 U.S. Open, tennis player Mardy Fish withdrew from the tournament on health related problem. The issue was later revealed to be severe anxiety disorder that included panic attacks, sleepless nights, and days spent in isolation. After his psychiatrist prescribed him medication, he began to feel relief. He has since retired from tennis, — trading in his tennis row for a golf club, and now says that anxiety is no longer the enemy. During an interview in USA Today said, “The truth is you want stress in your life. You don’t want an actual anxiety-free life. What would the fun be there?”
At the end it is clear that there are many other celebrities who have gone through different forms of mental illness. While many celebrities prefer to be private about their mental health, others talk about these publicly, to encourage people with psychological issues to accept the condition and seek help instead of feeling ashamed. Evading the truth can lead a person to an abysmal darkness. But with proper diagnosis, treatment and support, it is possible to control, manage and even overcome mental illnesses, as many of the celebrities’ experiences testify.