By Joelle Ngo
We all think that celebrities are living the good life, but what we often don't see are the crushing lows that they battle with behind the scenes. Mental health disorders can affect anyone, even the wealthiest, most successful, and talented people on earth. It’s not something that most people openly talk about, but these actresses who conquered mental illness have crushed the stigma that come with their situation in order to raise awareness and help other people who are going through the same tough battle. Because, honestly, who will encourage and understand better than those who have experienced it themselves?
These empowering women wish to deliver a very important message: You are not alone and it’s okay not to be okay because, eventually, you will rise above it just like all the others who successfully did. If you think you are one of them, allow yourself to be inspired by these amazing female artists and their inspiring stories.
Emma Stone. This talented actress might seem like the most carefree and happy-go-lucky person in Hollywood, but the Academy Award-winning actress actually grew up suffering from anxiety and panic attacks. And it is by acting and writing (she's the author of I Am Bigger Than My Anxiety) that she was able to cope with her sickness.
“I drew a little green monster on my shoulder that speaks to me in my ear and tells me all these things that aren't true. And every time I listen to it, it grows bigger. If I listen to it enough, it crushes me. But if I turn my head and keep doing what I'm doing—let it speak to me, but don't give it the credit it needs—then it shrinks down and fades away," Emma shared.
Demi Lovato. In 2011, the former Disney star was diagnosed with bulimia and depression associated with bipolar disorder. But through the support she received from her treatment team and loved ones, Demi is now much healthier. Through her mental health initiative called "Be Vocal: Speak Up for Mental Health," she wishes to help others who are going through the same challenges she's faced and shows the world that it’s possible to live well even with bipolar disorder. “I realized that bipolar disorder may be a part of my life, but it isn’t who I am,” she shared.
Jennifer Lawrence. With her fun and down-to-earth demeanor, you surely won’t expect that the world's highest paid actress has suffered from social anxiety and hyperactivity. To be able to get through with it, JLaw turned to acting as a form of self-therapy. Along with medication, it has helped her deal with the stress of being a public figure and, ultimately, her passion and drive led her to make a progress in her recovery.
Cara Delevingne. The supermodel-turned-actress has been battling depression since she was 15 years old. After becoming a successful model, her illness reached an all-time low when she began having suicidal thoughts. "Validation from everyone" was also a factor in losing sight of herself and her happiness, but she took it as a challenge to change her direction. She then spent more time doing the stuff she loves, and has been able to do better work because of it, causing her depression to be alleviated.
Adele. Being the Grammy Award-winning artist that she is, Adele looks completely confident and at ease when performing on stage. However, most people don’t know that she suffers from chronic stage fright and anxiety almost every time before she performs. After drawing inspiration from fellow artist Beyoncé and working with a therapist that helps her in managing her mental health issues, Adele is now on the road to recovery.
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