According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, 40 million adults struggle with anxiety in United States Alone. This number continues to increase daily and has no limitations on who it chooses to affect. Celebrities may appear to have it all together on the outside, but many secretly deal with this painful struggle every day.
Jennifer Lawrence, “Hollywood’s Muse,” started noticing her anxiety as a pre-teen. She always felt comfortable in her own skin until she began going to school. Not only did she notice this herself, so did her family. They described it as the light that was on inside her suddenly went out. She never felt good enough to be friends with other students or smart enough to keep up in school. Her family knew this was untrue, but her anxieties held her back tenfold. She began seeing a therapist who told her it was a form of social anxiety. Although she is now known for exuberant personality and charisma, her anxiety is something she struggles with every day.
“The Light that was on inside her suddenly went out”
Johnny Depp, one of the most famous actors of this day and age, has been dealing with anxiety since he was a young child. Holding a conversation was always very hard for him. The constant thought of not knowing what to say or if it was the right thing to say, profoundly affected the way Depp communicated. His communication skills are the primary source of his anxiety. It is often can be substantially seen in his interviews. He always appears to be uncomfortable and stutter through his words. The directors of Pirates of the Caribbean even contemplated firing him because they felt his speech was too hard to understand. However, he tries his best to deal with his anxiety by staying out of the spotlight as much as possible and always keeping his therapist with him at public events. His methods do help him but also hold him back. However, it has not stopped his career or success, and he fights daily to keep his anxiety at a low.
Adele, the award-winning singer-songwriter, has always suffered from anxiety and panic attacks when facing large crowds or important people. Adele is obviously very aware of how detrimental this is to her life and most importantly, her career choice. She admits turning down festivals or big show events to play smaller venues due to her condition. She even has refused to meet fellow celebrity fans due to the panic attack she begins to have minutes before the meetup. She claims to experience, nausea, sweating, and shortness of breath. Moments like this are terrifying for the singer. She has attempted to get rid of her anxiety, but it is still something that controls her life and the decisions she makes regarding her career.
“‘I will not do festivals. The thought of an audience that big frightens the life out of me. I don’t think the music would work either. It’s all too slow. I’d hate to book a festival and have a ******* anxiety attack and then not go on stage.”
John Mayer, Grammy-winning singer-songwriter and more notably, “Hollywood’s Womanizer,” began suffering from anxiety as a junior in high school. Mayer’s parents were going through a rough patch during this time in his life and greatly affected the singer. He dealt with obsessive thoughts and began acting out rationally. He feared being put in a mental institution which he claims put his anxiety into overdrive. He started getting acne which gave him social anxiety and made it very hard for him to talk to girls or make friends. He claims to have still anxiety to this day. He has constant heart palpitations, shortness of breath, and night sweats. He blames his anxiety for his sporadic behavior throughout his career.
Demi Lovato, a former Disney Channel superstar, has been dealing with multiple mental health issues, fueling her anxiety, since birth. She was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at a young age and has always had a warped sense of reality when it came to her body resulting in various eating disorders. Together, both of these illnesses created horrible anxiety Lovato deals with daily. She sometimes claims it is so bad she can hardly bare being in her own skin. As a teen, she began cutting herself as a physical outlet to deal with her crippling anxiety. Her battle with this has been very public, and she is now a role model for many people dealing with these issues today.
“I had to do something to match the way i felt inside”
As seen through these celebrities’ battles with anxiety, the disorder must be taken seriously. As the disorder is coming more into the spotlight, increasing amounts of people are coming forward to share their stories of courage and strength dealing with this struggle in their personal lives. Therefore, if you suffer from this detrimental disorder, do not be fooled into thinking you are alone. There are numerous resources, medical treatments, and people alike who are more than willing to help. You are not alone in dealing with anxiety.