In this blog, you will read about a few celebrities with a mental illness demonstrate how to overcome the struggles they have and win the battle. It doesn’t matter if it is a performance on stage, in a pool, or on screen, each mental illness is unique to that individual. You can talk to anyone with a mental illness and they will all agree that life is not a picnic when your mental health is compromised. No matter what type of mental illness or how strong it presents itself, having a ADHD or anxiety can be overwhelming.
In this blog, I will share with you a handful of celebrities who have a mental illness. You will hear about their struggles and their victories. No body is perfect. We all put our pants on one leg at a time. And, yes beautiful actresses and actors can have a mental illness. You will see how these celebrities have overcome many battles.
Celebrities with a Mental Illness
Mariah Carey fought long and hard to live in denial of her bipolar 2. This meant that she would live in isolation. This of course put a wedge between loved ones and her professional life. To maintain her singing career, Mariah put key people around her who were positive. This small change got her back on track to write songs and make music for her fans.
Michael Phelps had a dream, although ADHD threatened to sideline him. When he was diagnosed at age 9, his mother was his biggest supporter. Often times, Michael did not want to read, so mom would just give him the sports page from the newspaper. She also encouraged the future Olympic powerhouse to swim. Michael can attest the repetitiveness of swimming provided a therapy ground for concentration and self discipline. In Michael’s wildest dreams, I am sure he did not think he would eventually hold the most Olympic medals of any athlete in history at 22 Olympic medals.
Dwayne Johnson has a family history of depression. The Rock recently opened up about it to a European newspaper. He said, “Struggle and pain is real.” When he saved his mother from a suicide attempt at age 15, Dwayne came face to face with the pain of depression. Just think if Dwayne let the depression consume him. Would he have attempted suicide? Would the suicide be a success? The Rock had a dream. He had a role in the WWF that he loved. You dream it, even though you have a mental illness, don’t let it stop you.
Kristen Stewart as a child had panic attacks and stomachaches. She must have been really confident in who she was instead of labeling herself as that girl with anxiety. Kristen went on to star-status at an early age with roles in movies like Twilight and Snow White and the Huntsman. “I obviously hope everything going on right now will work out, but I am confident that life is good and I’ll be OK whatever happens. So in moments when that [life] is cloudy and I feel saturated and unable to engage in how good life can be, however consuming those feelings are, they are so momentary…I think I’m pretty good at being happy,” – Kristen Stewart.
Jessica Alba told an interviewer that her OCD about checking doors and appliances used to cause major anxiety. Instead of letting the OCD control her, Jessica has come out strong, holding onto that dream of being an actress. What if Jessica let the OCD control her? We probably would not have seen her in Marvels’, Fabulous Four, Some Kind of Beautiful, and Dear Eleanor.
Why do stories about Dreamers and Mental Health help someone who is suffering?
When I read articles that share someones pain and suffering, I really feel connected. I think “somebody else knows what I am going through”. I don’t feel so all alone. In a room full of people, I will feel as if I was lost on the streets of New York City without a Google Maps on my SmartPhone. And in sharing my research on celebrities, I think of he/she performing their part after despite living with a mental illness. Doing the research for this article and soaking in the results, I feel a little transformed. Don’t you? If Michael Phelps can lasso his ADHD, so can I. Michael is a strong athlete. What I have learned in my own life and reading about these celebrities, strength and lots of prayer offer help to overcome any mental illness.
Call to Action
Do you know someone who could benefit from the stories of the celebrities mentioned in this article? Please share this article. I know how much it helped me to do more dreaming! You might just toggle a switch in your friend’s/relative’s/co-worker/band mate’s/teammate’s brain and heart.