24 Celebrities On Their Battle With Mental Health

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In honour of Mental Health Awareness Week, here's a list of some famous celebrities on how they battled mental health.

1. Taylor Swift on anxiety

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"I'm always terrified that something's going to happen. And I'm not going to be able to do this anymore and it's all going to end in one day. Part of the fear comes from loving this so much and not wanting to lose it."

2. Lena Dunham on OCD

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"I have obsessive compulsive disorder and it started manifesting itself when I was three... I have only the vaguest memory of life before fear. [Exercise] helped my anxiety in ways I never dreamed possible."

3. Emma Stone on panic attacks

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"The first time I had a panic attack, I was sitting in my friend's house and I thought the house was burning down. I called my mom and she brought me home, and for the next three years it just wouldn't stop."

4. J.K. Rowling on depression

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"It's difficult to describe depression to someone who's never been there because it's not sadness. I know sadness. Sadness is to cry and to feel. But it's that cold absence of feeling – that really hollowed-out feeling."

5. Demi Lovato on anxiety and bipolar disorder

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"Sometimes I'm not always doing amazing, but that's okay… Because everyone struggles and it's okay to be flawed – that's what makes me, me."

6. Jennifer Lawrence on anxiety

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"I just try to acknowledge that the scrutiny is stressful, and that anyone would find it stressful. So I've got to try to let it go, try to be myself, and focus on important things."

7. Beyoncé on depression

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"Now that I was famous, I was afraid I would never find somebody again to love me for me. I was afraid of making new friends. Then one day my mom said: 'Why do you think a person wouldn't love you? Don't you know how smart and sweet and beautiful you are?' That's when I decided I only have two choices: I can give up, or I can go on."

8. Sia on anxiety

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"I have social anxiety. It's easier being up on stage because there's security in being there. When I'm off stage, I'm trying not to be a manic freak. I'm quite shy."

9. Lady Gaga on depression and anxiety

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"I learned that my sadness never destroyed what was great about me. You just have to go back to that greatness, find that one little light that's left. I'm lucky I found a glimmer stored away."

10. Adele on anxiety

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"I have anxiety attacks, constant panicking on stage. My heart feels like it's going to explode because I never feel like I'm going to deliver, ever."

11. Miley Cyrus on depression

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"So many people look at [my depression] as me being ungrateful, but that is not it. I can't help it…There's nothing worse than being fake happy."

12. Cara Delevingne on depression

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"I suffer from depression and was a model during a particularly rough patch of self hatred. I am so lucky for the work I get to do but I used to work to try and escape and just ended up completely exhausting myself. I am focusing on filming and trying to learn not to pick apart my every flaw. I am really good at that.”

13. Sarah Silverman on panic attacks

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“People use ‘panic attack’ very casually out here in Los Angeles, but I don’t think most of them really know what it is. Every breath is laboured. You are dying. You are going to die. It’s terrifying. And then when the attack is over, the depression is still there. I wouldn’t wish depression on anyone. But if you ever experience it, or are experiencing it right now, just know that on the other side, the little joys in life will be that much sweeter. The tough times, the days when you’re just a ball on the floor-they’ll pass. You’re playing the long game and life is totally worth it.”

14. Amanda Seyfried on anxiety

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“I still do get terribly nervous, and that’s partly due to the fact I think too much and overanalyse things. I’ll start worrying about my parents or my dog, and I’ll picture him opening the window of my apartment and falling out, even though I can’t get that thing open myself.”

15. Kristen Stewart on anxiety

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“Between ages 15 and 20, it was really intense. I was constantly anxious. I was kind of a control freak. If I didn’t know how something was going to turn out, I would make myself ill, or just be locked up or inhibited in a way that was really debilitating,"

16. Nicole Scherzinger on bulimia

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“I had started losing my voice, I couldn’t sing at shows, and then I remember my manager finding me passed out on the floor in Malta or in the south of France. I thought, ‘I’m going to lose everything I love if I don’t love myself.’ … It’s sad to see how I wasted my life. I had such a great life on the outside, the [Pussycat] Dolls were on top of the world, but I was miserable on the inside. I’m never letting that happen again; you only get one life – I was 27 only once.”

17. Ruby Rose on depression

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"I had hit rock bottom. I couldn't find happiness anywhere except my dog's face and even that wasn't enough. I thought I had failed at being a human being - an adult. I didn't know what to do so I left for America to work with trauma-therapists ... I don't want to ramble on, I'm just feeling reflective because I chose to fight and I thought it'd meant I'd be able to live. I didn't think it meant I'd be able to live my dream. I didn't think it would result in this extraordinary life I get to be a part of now. It just makes me wonder how many others are days, hours, seconds away from realising their worth - their potential - and once the dark cloud is lifted, will be truly happy and free."

18. Winona Ryder on depression

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“You can’t pay enough money to cure that feeling of being broken and confused. It’s not like every day’s been great ever since. You have good days and bad days, and depression’s something that, y’know, is always with you.”

19. Catherine Zeta-Jones on bipolar disorder

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“I’m not the kind of person who likes to shout out my personal issues from the rooftops but, with my bipolar becoming public, I hope fellow sufferers will know it is completely controllable. I hope I can help remove any stigma attached to it, and that those who don’t have it under control will seek help with all that is available to treat it. If I’ve helped anybody by discussing bipolar or depression, that’s great.”

20. Dakota Johnson on anxiety

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"Sometimes I panic to the point here I don’t know what I’m thinking or doing. I have a full anxiety attack.”

21. Selena Gomez on anxiety, panic attacks and depression

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"Around a year ago I revealed that I have Lupus, an illness that can affect people in different ways. I’ve discovered that anxiety, panic attacks and depression can be side effects of Lupus, which can present their own challenges. I want to be proactive and focus on maintaining my health and happiness and have decided that the best way forward is to take some time off."

22. Ellie Goulding on anxiety

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"I was sceptical [about having cognitive behavioural therapy] at first because I’d never had therapy, but not being able to leave the house [because of panic attacks] was so debilitating. And this was when my career was really taking off… My surroundings would trigger a panic attack, so I couldn’t go to the studio unless I was lying down in the car with a pillow over my face. I used to beat myself up about it. There were a couple of times after I released Delirium when I was doing promo and thought, 'Oh god, it’s coming back, it’s coming back,' but it didn’t. I think my body has become quite good at controlling anxiety."

23. Hayden Panettiere on post-natal depression

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"There’s a lot of misunderstanding — there’s a lot of people out there that think that [postnatal depression] is not real, that it’s not true, that it’s something that’s made up in their minds, that 'Oh, it’s hormones.' They brush it off. It’s something that’s completely uncontrollable. It’s really painful and it’s really scary, and women need a lot of support."

24. Troian Bellisario on self-harm and bulimia

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"I started self-harming when I was a junior. I would withhold food or withhold going out with my friends, based on how well I did that day in school ... I didn’t know what was right and what was wrong, so I think I created this bizarre system of checks and balances to create order in my world. But it really backfired."

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