No one is immune to mental illness. Even the rich and famous live with mental illnesses such as bipolar disorder. It has been in the past few years that celebrities have come out of the bipolar closet. I am going to list some, not all, of the celebrities who have spoken up and told of their bipolar disorder and what they had to say.
- Catherine Zeta Jones, “This is a disorder that affects millions of people and I am one of them. If my revelations of having bipolar II has encouraged one person to seek help, then it is worth it.”
- Carrie Fisher, “At times, being bipolar can be an all-consuming challenge, requiring a lot of stamina and even more courage, so if you’re living with this illness and functioning at all, it’s something to be proud of, not ashamed of. They should issue medals along with a steady stream of medication.”
- Demi Lavato, “It has become my personal mission to share with others that there is life on the other side of dark times, and that they are not alone. ” She goes on to say, “There is so much shame and misunderstanding associated with mental health. Along with that comes fear. I know that fear kept me from getting help.”
- Richard Dreyfuss, “Bipolar is one of those safe, politically correct words that don’t say anything. I am a manic-depressive.” He recommends, “Step away for a second. Understand the advantages that manic depression can give you.”
- Mariah Carey, “Until recently I lived in denial and isolation and is constant fear someone would expose me. It was too heavy a burden to carry and I simply couldn’t do that anymore. I sought and received treatment, I put positive people me and got back to doing what I love – writing songs and making music.
- Stephen Fry, “Once the understanding is there, we can all stand up and not be ashamed of ourselves, then it makes the rest of the population realize we are just like them but with something a little extra…1 in 4 people have a mental health problem. Many more people have a problem with that.”
- Patty Duke, “Lithium saved my life. After just a few weeks on the drug, death-based thoughts were no longer the first I had when I got up and the last when I went to bed. The nightmare that had spanned 30 years was over.”
- Pete Wentz, “Living with purpose and having a schedule with my family has brought me balance. I think it can be different for everyone, but for me, just being able to talk through things, meditate and exercise has been helpful.”
- Mel Gibson, “I had really good highs, but some very low lows. I found out (recently) that I’m manic depressive.”
- Maurice Benard, “As a teen, we’d drink a little, go out and look for fights…I was gung-ho, high on wanting to get that adrenaline rush. But there were times when I was the opposite. And I could never figure out why I could change so much, go from King Kong to so scared.”
In these words, you can probably relate to a few of these celebrities. It is not easy for them just as it is not easy for us, but we prevail.