35 celebrities who have struggled with mental illness

  • Research shows that stereotypes about mental illness often prevent people from seeking treatment or speaking out.
  • In recent years, stars like Sophie Turner, Chris Evans, Chrissy Teigen, and Prince Harry have spoken candidly about their struggles with mental illness.

Luckily, in recent years, we’ve seen a shift in the way people view and talk about mental health. Conversations about depression, anxiety, addiction, and more have moved from the private to the public sphere. That’s not only important, but effective, according to mental health experts.

In fact, when public figures open up about their own mental health struggles, it can help break down stigma, spark important discussions, and even inspire people to seek treatment.

Below, we rounded up celebrities who have spoken candidly about their own battles with everything from postpartum depression to anorexia.

Slide 2 of 36: In April 2017, the Prince told The Telegraph that he "shut down all his emotions" for almost two decades after the death of his mother, Princess Diana. It wasn't until he was 28 years old, during a period of time when he felt "very close to a complete breakdown" and faced anxiety during royal engagements, that he began to see a professional to address his grief.Now 34 and "in a good place," Harry has encouraged others to open up about their own struggles. In 2016, he started the Heads Together campaign with Prince William and Kate Middleton to help "end the stigma around mental health issues.""The experience that I have is that once you start talking about it, you suddenly realize that actually, you're part of quite a big club," he told The Telegraph.

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Chrissy Teigen revealed she developed postpartum depression (PPD) after giving birth to her daughter, Luna, in 2016.

After sustaining several serious injuries in his freshman year of college, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson experienced his “first of three depressions.”

An outspoken advocate for mental health awareness, Demi Lovato is open about her battles with bipolar disorder, bulimia, and addiction.

Ryan Reynolds has credited his wife, Blake Likely, for helping him cope with his anxiety.

Gabourey Sidibe talks candidly about mental health in her memoir, “This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare.”

Wayne Brady described his battle with depression and “constant self-doubt” in 2014.

James Franco opened up about his history of addiction and depression in August 2017.

Jon Hamm, who has struggled with addiction and chronic depression, opened up about the benefits of therapy in 2017.

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