Is it the fame? Is it the money? Is it the pressure to stay relevant?
Some celebrities completely lost their way at some point in their careers.
When it comes to mental health conditions, there is a taboo, ugly stereotypes and sadly, even a bad stigma. Some celebrities decided to be vocal about their issues with mental illness and wanted to share their story, probably to raise awareness to make the world understand that sometimes it’s OK NOT to be OK and there is definitely no shame in that!
Here are some celebrities who have been through some very difficult times, with challenging mental issues.
Multi-talented Amanda Bynes, actress and fashion student was once considered the girl next door, as she started beaming into our screens when she was still a kid!
Despite making a household name during the 90’s, for her roles in All That, The Amanda Show, and Rugrats, entering adulthood became a real game changer, as her life began to spiral.
According to the TMZ, the pressure of being constantly in the public eye along with the high-stress she went through, when auditioning for roles, took a toll on Bynes’ mental health.
This January, Amanda and the ones closer to her, considered it best if she checked into a mental health facility, where she is currently being treated for drug addiction and mental health issues.
Easy A actress has been very vocal about her battle with depression and also said that watching herself in films, has only made matters worse, as it only takes her into a lengthy depression each time.
By bringing marijuana and other drugs in the mix, did not help the actress’ state either. She felt that drug abuse changed the wires in her brain, affecting her perception and outlook of things, reaching the stage of psychosis!
And psychosis it was! In 2013 the actress had an infamous incident where she stripped down to her underwear and set fire to her neighbour’s driveway because she felt that they had been causing trouble! Passerbyers, tried calming Amanda, down but all they got was hysteria and threats that she would call the police.
The actress then fled the scene and she decided to go to the nearest liquor store and wash her dog in the sink! – How much sense does this make to you?
Disney star child Gomez has been very open about her anxiety, stress and depression claiming that it was a chain effect due to her chronic and life threatening diseases, lupus.
Lupus caused great fatigue, low energy levels, unmonitored weight loss as well as constant pain in her joints, causing mental suffering too. However, last summer, actress and singer Selena managed not only to fight but also win her long-term battle with lupus, when she successfully underwent a kidney transplant!
After recovering from the surgery, thanks to her best friend Francia Rasia, who was her kidney donor, Gomez decided to put her life into retrospect by prioritizing her mental health. It was this January that she decided to check herself into a facility in New York City, for a two week treatment.
This time round, her treatment encompassed taking on exercise and having a healthy diet where she also has sessions with her therapist, at least 5 times a week.
In fact, Selena has been applauded for being very outspoken about her mental condition, as she admitted that this was the second time she sought the help of a mental facility. Back in 2016, Selena cancelled her tour due to her debilitating panic attacks and depression, before checking herself in a facility in Tennessee.
You have everyone’s respect Selena!
Bella Thorne is another living example of a Disney child star, who has been struggling to find their way in adulthood.
Bella may have been a Disney princess but the life she has been leading since she was a kid, has been very far from princessy. She had been the main breadwinner of the family, as she appeared in many disney series and advertisements.
Due to her heavy workload and dyslexia, her parents thought it was best to be homeschooled, which later proved that it affected her social skills.
In her attempt of becoming an anchor of support towards depression sufferers, April 2017, Bella tweeted: Came to the conclusion that I suffer with depression :/ you aren’t alone [heart]
While some fans were empathetic, some others decided to bash and shame her, claiming that it was another attempt of getting more attention from the media.
Since her twit caused so much stir and people were offended, Bella decided to take it down explaining that all that glitters is not gold, and that looking like you have the perfect life, may not be the real case.
Whatever the situation, Bella has been struggling to find her own identity and some of her appearances provoke the feeling that Bella may indeed be suffering from a mental disorder. Throwback in 2017, when Bella was seen out and about wearing nothing but her high heels, leaving in sheer display her pierced nipple.
Bella has been struggling to find her sexual identity, as her dating history includes Scott Disick, Mod Sun, Chandler Parsons, Tana Mongeau and many many more, before deciding to pronounce herself as bisexual and eveyrone applauded her for it!
You would never think that behind that pretty, angelic face there is a person who has been struggling with depression and was once on the verge of taking her own life!
That is the case with Mulberry and Burberry supermodel, Cara who during her teens added more pressure to her then hectic schedule causing her a mental breakdown. She reckons the days when she felt suicidal, vunruble and incompetent to cope to whatever came her way.
The greatest of her worries were because of her performance at school and her relationship with her classmates. She felt different compared to her classmates which only increased her feeling of alienation. She couldn’t help but feel incompetent of achieving something that was applaudable.
Cara said in 2015: “I have very bad learning disabilities so I got to the point where I went a bit mad. I was completely suicidal, didn’t want to live any more, I thought that I was completely alone.”
Also her sexual preferences added more stress to the mix, as her preference in women only scared her, as a child.
To add more to her battles, Cara turned to self-loathing for not being able to control the negative feelings inside her mind only to increase her depression!
Self-hatred turned to self-harming, and she did not hide the fact that she wanted to punish her existence by self-inflicting pain – scratching herself and later turning to drugs. She recollects the incidents where she would bang her head on a tree, until losing consciousness!
Now she is happier than ever and has managed to put the past behind her!
Carey is undoubtedly one of the funniest comedians in the industry. In 2009 though, Jim became very candid about his mental battles saying that he has been suffering through depression for most of his life and comedies were only the vessel of masking his demons.
After his girlfiriend took her own life in 2015, followed by her family’s lawsuit claiming that the Mask actor is to blame for her suicide, Jim has left most of his fans concerned and very apprehensive of his behaviour.
Despite the fact that Jim now states that he is happier than ever, his 2017 interview left everyone puzzled with his contradicting statements regarding his well-being and identity, claiming that he is not really existing and that he has chosen to become identity-less! – What?
In the attempt of tackling his feelings of depression, Jim states that the actual root of his problem is his inborn attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) which is also seen in the eccentric and over the top energy he puts in his films!
Also, Jim shifts the blame to the fact that he was working hard, from his early teens which didn’t leave him enough time to mingle with children of his own age and this left him scarred for life, feeling constantly socially awkward.
I’m A Slave For You singer made a household name for herself in the Mickey Mouse Club when she was still 11. Her career bloomed and became a star at the age of 17 with her hit Hit Me Baby One More Time with the epic school uniform and the girl-next-door-braids!
However, entering her 20’s was no walk in the park, as the singer says that, that period was the lowest point and the darkest one in her life, and she has her fair reasons to feel that way.
Spears made headlines in 2007, just after she had divorced her husband and dancer Kevin Federline and was in the middle of a very messy custody battle of their two sons, which Britney eventually lost.
At the peak of her fame, Britney had a public mental breakdown where paparazzi captured a baffled Britney shaving her head, hitting a paparazzi car with an umbrella and to make matters even worse, Britney hit a new low when she fled an accident scene. After getting arrested with the accounts of hit and run, she then unwillingly entered a psychiatric ward, in 2008.
Britney recalls that the lack of balance and control in her life, drove her into depression, anxiety and emotional distress. Luckily after bouncing back, she regained custody of her two sons and was able to put her life into perspective.
The Oops I Did It Again singer, indeed did it again, as almost a decade later in 2019, she checked herself into another mental facility, as she felt her life was getting overwhelming and too stressful by her dad’s illness.
Everybody is by your side Britney!
There was a time when Hannah Montana actress was innocent and untainted from all temptations! Coming of age, became a real predicament for the Disney child star, who seemed troubled and gave the sense that there was a shortfall of boundaries in her life!
Her infamous grinchy twerking incident, where she was rubbing herself on Robin Thicke’s crotch, at the 2013 VMAs , and her showing-too-much-skin outfits, leaving very little to the imagination were demurred, by a big portion of people.
This even caused her to lose a very big fan base, up to 5k Instagram followers a day!
Looking back, Miley Cyrus tries to shed light to her wild behaviour arguing that it was a clear attempt of depicting feminism, freedom and world equality!
Moreover, Miley Cyrus admitted that, at that time, she was going through some very personal issues and it was one of the gloomiest and most horrible times of her life, as she had called it quits with her then fiance Liam Hemsworth. She alienated herself in her room and felt numb and didn’t want to continue living without her man.
Since it was meant to be, and thank God for the world, the two got back together and Miley was able to pull through from her worst moments!
When psychologists say that childhood is the mould of adulthood and the catalyst of one’s personality, we can say for sure that this theory applies to Deadpool actor Ryan Reynolds.
Ryan claims that he has been suffering from depression, anxiety and panic attacks from his childhood, as his late father’s tough behaviour didn’t allow the family to run a calm, healthy and placid household.
That is the story of how he developed his witty humour, and sarcasm in the attempt of humurizing each difficult situation that came his way. Humour eventually became his defence mechanism.
Bringing this into adulthood and being prone to depression, work load added more to his everyday strains. His demanding role for Deadpool 2, left him in sleepless nights, days where he couldn’t eat and had anxiety and panic attacks round-the-clock.
He has his marital vows to thank as wife and actress Blake was the one who helped Reynolds keep his cool, keep it sane and keep it together!
He says he is in constant battle fighting all his demons everyday and finally sought salvation in exercise!
Another Disney child star! When Barney and Friends actress and singer Demi took a walk down memory lane, she had almost nothing pleasant to recollect form childhood.
She remembers being an outcast amongst her peers, bullied and called fat and ugly and being suicidal from the age of 7.
One time, her classmates signed a petition that the Let It Go singer should end her life, as she was completely worthless to everyone!
Having no friends, fat shamed and feeling insecure in her own skin, at the age of 17 she had already been suffering from bulimia, anorexia, depression,and became hooked on cocaine – Such a great and healthy combo!
In her attempt of exciting victimhood and turning her battles in life long lessons, she raised a mental-health awareness campaign Be Vocal: Speak Up for Mental Health.
In 2010 she faced a public meltdown, followed her Jonas breakup. She was seen at the airport of Peru when she got physical with one of her backup dancers, and a few days later she made headlines again when verbally abusing Ashley Greene – Joe’s new chick.
That is when she entered a facility being diagnosed with bipolar disorder, self- harm, self-cutting in combination with drugs and booze abuse.
She got sober and well for the next 6 years to follow, when she fell off the wagon, in 2018 and overdosed to heroin, as she was again found battling with her eating disorder, depression and anxiety.
The irony of it is that the world saw her fall down, just a few weeks of her single Sober.
We hope there aren’t any more relapses and that she leads a happy life!
10. Kanye West
Gold Digger singer is definitely one of the most eccentric personas in the entertainment industry, often leaving people wondering whether the singer and fashion designer is indeed living in his very own bubble or if he is just putting out a fame act.
He was seen boycotting awards and speeches (exhibit Taylor), asking for Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook CEO) for $50 million via twitter to fulfil his vision of improving the world, and interviews where a modest Kanye compares himself to Picasso, Willy Wonka, Steve Jobs, Michelangelo and calls himself a genius who is planning to run for US Presidency in 2020.
The more success he gets, the more he is seen drifting away from reality.
In 2016 he had a breakdown and was hospitalised with bipolar disorder, and had to spend 9 days in a psychiatric ward, when his doctor made a 911 call for erratic behaviour. Yeezy rapper came forth saying that his mental breakdown was only due to his sleep deprivation and being worn out by travelling and touring.
In an interview, Kanye opened up about his health stating that his addiction to painkillers, after going through liposuction, his wife’s robbery in Paris along with his fallout with long-time friend Jay Z were more than enough to leave him broken.
It was in 2001 when the Without You singer had a mental and very public meltdown on live TV!
Mariah felt losing her world from her feet when her musical film Glitter and its soundtrack was badly reviewed.
The singer was even spotted with some suspicious cuts on her wrists and the tabloids started spreading rumours of suicide attemtps, whilst her record company denied all allegations, claiming that they were injuries after breaking some dishes and glasses .
In the following months, Carey suffered a physical and emotional breakdown due to exhaustion. She made her appearance at Total Request Live on MTV where Carey decided to take off her top, flash everyone and whilst topless she gave everyone an ice-cream!
In 2018 Maria decided to be vocal of her hospitalization and admitted to being diagnosed with bipolar disorder, where she was required to take the right treatment and medication. She claims that from time to time, she suffers from psychotic episodes, and recalls an incident that happened in 2016, where she was adamant that the late legends – Prince, Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston – were about to join her for dinner.
Once, Mischa’s future and career seemed very promising in Hollywood, but in the years to follow, her demons did not help her reach her full potential. On the contrary, she was required to get hospitalized in a psychiatric ward not once, but 2 times.
Mischa took the downhill when one of her ex-boyfriends released a sex movie of her, without her authorization which was later given to the highest bidder for $500K. Her relationship with her manager- mother as well as working too hard was too much on her plate, since she was travelling almost everyday for work.
She recalls sensing that the nervous breakdown was about to hit her, as she had been having suicidal thoughts and caught herself in erratic behaviour.
The British-Irish-American actress was involuntarily sent to a mental facility in 2009 for 2 weeks after she visited a dentist for a tooth infection and the doctor and nurses felt very uneasy with her bizarre behaviour.
In 2017 the actress was hospitalized yet again, as she was seen in her robe, on the fence of her backyard Hollywood home, screaming and crying that her mother is a witch and diffusing that the world was about to shatter whilst also calling Ziggy Stardust, her dog’s name!
Mischa seems to be back on her feet and decides to take one day at a time.
The blonde bombshell, every man’s fantasy, Marilyn Monroe seemed to carry the gene of depression and mental illness as her mum was institutionalised for schizophrenia and young Marilyn had to live in an orphanage and later with a foster family, for most of her childhood years.
Marilyn was a silent sufferer of depression and psychosis. Even when she rose to fame there were times that depression and mental exhaustion wore her out to the extreme that she had to skip work completely and spend all day in bed.
Marilyn constantly complained about hearing voices on set and outside her house and would hide behind her house curtains, with the lights turned off until the voices would go away, whilst attempting suicide 2 times by overdosing to sleeping pills.
Her failed marriages, the verbal abuse by her third husband, the misscariages, the insomnia drove her into desperation and in February 1961 had suicidal thoughts and wanted to jump off her 13th-floor apartment in New York City.
That is when her psychiatrist called her in and whilst she thought she was going to check herself into a hospital to get some rest, she was involuntarily checked into a psychiatric ward, in a cell and with a straight jacket.
She stayed there for 3 days, before her ex husband DiMaggio saved the day and came to the actress’ release.
It wasn’t long before the brightest star was found dead in her home by overdosing herself.