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Mental disorders and mental illnesses are still often highly stigmatized in our society. Few people talk openly about mental illness, and even fewer take the steps necessary to address their mental issues.
However, there are quite a few high profile celebrities who suffer from mental disorders – and not all of them try to hide it. Let’s take a look at 10 Hollywood actors and actresses who suffer from mental disorders.
1. Catherine Zeta-Jones – Bipolar II Disorder
Catherine Zeta-Jones suffers from Bipolar II Disorder – this disorder is characterized by periods of mania and periods of depression, but Bipolar II Disorder is a slightly less intense mental disorder as compared to Bipolar I Disorder, and the highs and lows of the disease are somewhat muted.
She’s been quite open when it comes to discussing her mental health, so it’s good to see that she’s not avoiding discussion of her mental struggles, but embracing it.
2. Mel Gibson – Bipolar Disorder
Mel Gibson, who has starred in such smash hit films as Braveheart, Mad Max, and The Patriot, has long suffered from bipolar disorder, and he announced this fact on Australian television in 2008.
3. Carrie Fisher – Bipolar Disorder and Substance Abuse
Though she recently passed away, in life Carrie Fisher suffered from bipolar disorder, which led her to drug addiction as a younger woman – but she managed to get her symptoms under control as she aged.
4. Emma Thompson – Depression
Emma Thompson is best known for her roles in the Harry Potter series, and in Sense and Sensibility, but this actress has suffered severe bouts of clinical depression in the past – saying she felt “hopeless” and was “unable to get out of bed at the time.”
5. Howard Hughes – Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
The story of Howard Hughes was told in the 2004 film “The Aviator”, in which he was played by Leonardo DiCaprio. Howard Hughes was a Hollywood film magnate who was vastly wealthy in the 1900s, but his OCD led to paranoia, substance abuse, isolation – and eventually, his death in 1976.
6. Craig Ferguson – Alcoholism
Craig Ferguson – best known for his stint hosting The Late Late Show on CBS – has been quite open about his past drinking problem. He’s been sober for over two decades and has discussed his battle with alcohol with people like Larry King.
7. Robin Williams – Depression
Robin Williams’ struggle with depression ended his life. After decades of battling clinical depression, Williams took his life – a shocking surprise to many, and certainly inspiring a call among celebrities to discuss their mental issues, rather than wait until it’s too late.
8. Angelina Jolie – Self Harm and Body Image Issues
Angelina Jolie went through some serious bouts of body image issues as a teen, admitting in an interview with OK! Magazine that she would cut herself, and suffered from tremendous anxiety. Since then, she has made a full recovery.
9. Kristen Bell – Depression
This beautiful blonde starlet is the last person in the world you would expect to suffer from depression, but her family has a history of the disease, and Bell herself has been managing her symptoms with medication for years.
10. Jessica Alba – Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Jessica Alba admitted having OCD to CosmoGirl, saying that certain events and problems in her life would trigger her into an episode, and she would feel panic and anxiety if she was not in total control of her surroundings.
Destigmatize Mental Disorders – With Paralign
As Glenn Close – a Hollywood celeb herself – said best in the Huffington Post:
“It is an odd paradox that a society, which can now speak openly and unabashedly about topics that were once unspeakable, still remains largely silent when it comes to mental illness.”
At Paralign, we couldn’t agree more. That’s why we’ve developed an application that will allow you to anonymously share what’s on your mind – and feel supported by the community of similar minds. Paralign also offers thought and mood tracker and its AI helps you learn more about yourself and empowers you to be in charge
It’s time to talk about mental health, whether you’re a celebrity or just an average Joe. And Paralign can help.