Celebrities look flawless on red carpets, TV, and the silver screen. Many of them, however, have decided to put their “perfect” image aside and use their platform to speak out about mental health. Anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and other mental health disorders affect all people—even the ones we idolize. In an effort to bring awareness and promote acceptance, see what these stars have to say about their own struggles with mental health.
“Here’s the thing: For me, depression is not sadness,” the actress wrote in a 2016 essay for Motto. “It’s not having a bad day and needing a hug. It gave me a complete and utter sense of isolation and loneliness. Its debilitation was all-consuming, and it shut down my mental circuit board. I felt worthless like I had nothing to offer like I was a failure. Now, after seeking help, I can see that those thoughts, of course, couldn’t have been more wrong.”