13 Celebrities You Didn’t Know Struggled Mental Illness

Approximately 60 million Americans are battling with some sort of mental illness, including some of our favorite celebs.

Here’s a list of thirteen celebs who have coped with some form of mental stigma at one point or another:

1. Nicki Minaj (Depression)

Judging from her bubbly personality, you can’t really tell that Nicki once suffered from depression, can you?

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In an interview with Urban Daily she admitted that the pressure of making her own in an industry dominated by men made her contemplate suicide at one point.

2. Demi Lovato (Bulimia, Anorexia, and Bipolar Disorder)

Demi Lovato sad

The Disney Channel starlet has battled with several mental struggles including bipolar disorder, bulimia, self-harm and anorexia. Demi Lovato has since then been campaigning for change in negative stereotypes regarding mental illnesses.

3. Beyonce (Depression)

depressed Beyonce

Even the Drunk in Love singer wasn’t spared. In an interview, she spoke about the depression she went through after a breakup and the split-up of her band Destiny’s Child.

4. Megan Fox (OCD)

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Megan Fox is obsessive about cleanliness and refuses to use cutlery that does not belong to her – typical symptoms of OCD. However, she also admits that after the birth of her son Noah, she has become more tolerant of messes.

5. Lady Gaga (Depression)

Depressed Lady Gaga

Lady Gaya admitted to depression in an interview, in which she admitted that her parting ways with her manager Troy Carter had left her depressed for a very long time. She later realized that the only person she could rely on was her own self, which, according to her, has helped her tremendously.

6. J. K. Rowling (Depression)

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Harry Potter creator admitted that she was considering suicide at one point while she was living on welfare struggling to make ends meet.

7. Michael Jackson (Insomnia)

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Michael Jackson died of an overdose of drugs that were being used to treat his insomnia. Contrary to popular opinion, insomnia is not just an “inability to sleep”. It can lead to hallucinations, anxiety and irritability due to muscle fatigue caused by lack of sufficient rest.

8. Elton John (Bulimia)

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Singer-songwriter Elton John battled bulimia for 16 years without admitting to the condition, before he finally sought treatment in the 90s when he finally came to terms with the fact that he could not cure his illness on his own and required professional help.

9. Ronald Reagan (Alzheimer’s)

Ronald Reagan

The former president of the United States was officially diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 1994, even though the symptoms had begun in the late 1980s while he was serving as President. After battling with the condition for ten years, Reagan finally died of Alzheimer’s related complications in 2004.

10. Whoopi Goldberg (Post-traumatic stress disorder)

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Actress Whoopi Goldberg was traumatized after witnessing two plane crashes as a child, to the extent that she is still not able to fly comfortably. Her work requires her to travel often, as a result of which Goldberg often visits her therapist to help her cope.

11. Michael Phelps (Attention-deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)

sad Michael Phelps

Swimming sensation and Olympic winner Michael Phelps was often distracted at school, which ultimately culminated in a diagnosis for ADHD. He was put on medication for several years before his parents decided to wean him off the medication and try non-medicinal ways to cure his condition. As a result, they signed him up for swimming lessons, and the rest, as they say, is history.

12. Ellen DeGeneres (Depression)

Depressed Ellen DeGeneres

Comedienne Ellen DeGeneres suffered many financial setbacks when job offers diminished after she came out in the 90’s, plunging her into a severe depression.

13. Princess Diana (Bulimia)

Princess Diana

The first wife of Prince Charles was driven to bulimia not long after tabloids criticized her for being a bit “pudgy”. The Princess began to diet and exercise to take off the weight but it was not long before her eating habits spiraled out of control, with the result that no matter what she ate she was vomiting it out in no time.

Tapes released after her death also revealed that she was suffering from depression caused first by her unhappy marriage and unfaithful husband and then her divorce, and that she had often contemplated suicide in a bid to escape. Princess Diana died in a car crash in 1997.

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