Celebrities generally don’t like discussing their personal problems in public. But there are a few of them who have shown the courage to step forward and have shared about their experiences of overcoming their mental illnesses.
Their stories can inspire those who are facing such problems. These celebrities get my respect.
"Everything that I ever feared happened to me. I lost my show. I've been attacked like hell. I went from making a lot of money on a sitcom to making no money. When I walked out of that studio after five years of working so hard, knowing that I had been treated disrespectfully for no reason other than I was gay, I just went into this deep, deep depression."
"There's a lot of misunderstanding – there's a lot of people out there that think that it's 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."
Leonardo suffered from OCD since childhood. While shooting for the movie 'The Aviator', his condition worsened. "I remember my makeup artist and assistant walking me to the set and going, 'Oh God, we're going to need 10 minutes to get him there because he has to walk back and step on that thing, touch the door and walk in and out again. It literally drove me nuts a lot of the time. And it lasted for a couple of months after filming and still it is."
"I have never been remotely ashamed of having been depressed. Never. What's to be ashamed of? I went through a really rough time and I am quite proud that I got out of that."
"It kind of hit me like a sack of bricks. I mean, I was 25 years old. I had my own TV show. I had dogs that I loved and tons of friends, and I was getting adoration from fans and I was happy with my work, but I couldn't figure out what it was; it doesn't always make sense is my point. It's not just people who can't find a job or can't fit in a society that struggle with depression sometimes."
"As soon as I said ['I need help'], I knew that I was going to get better, and I was determined to get better. But it was just a relief to be able to say those."
"I remember sitting with my manager and my family and talking to them about whether or not to speak about the issues that I was dealing with. I knew that there were two options: I could either not talk about my stint in rehab and hope that it went away, or I could talk about it and inspire people to get help for their issues as well, so that's exactly what I did."
"I was on Prozac for a long time. It may have helped me out of a jam for a little bit, but people stay on it forever. I had to get off at a certain point because I realized that, you know, everything's just okay."
"I used to deal with depression, but I don't know, not this decade – may be last decade. But that's also figuring out who you are. I see it as a great education, as one of the seasons or as a semester: 'This semester I was majoring in depression. I was doing the same thing every night and numbing myself to sleep, the same routine. Couldn't wait to get home and hide out."
"Sometimes you didn't want to be that person. You didn't want to hold the dinner party hostage. And I didn't have a choice. I'd keep people on the phone for eight hours. When my mania is going strong, it's sort of a clear path. You know, I'm flying high up onto the mountain, but it starts going too fast. I stop being able to connect. My sentences don't make sense. I'm not tracking anymore and can't sleep and I'm not reliable."
"When I was first diagnosed with ADHD, it wasn't a surprise because I had difficulty in high school focusing. And I think now, people notice my ADHD as an adult on a daily basis. When I can't pay attention, I really can't pay attention."
"I felt I was going into a very dark place, and I wasn't capable of getting up in the morning, so I signed up for something that would force me to be active."
"And honestly? Antidepressants help! If you can change your brain chemistry enough to think, 'I want to get up in the morning; I don't want to sleep until four in the afternoon. I want to get up and go do my sh*t and go to work and …' Reset the auto-meter, kick-start the engine!"
"It was terrible; it was the exact opposite of what had happened when Apple was born. With her, I was on Cloud nine. I couldn't believe it wasn't the same. I just thought it meant I was a terrible mother and a terrible person."
"I'll go into a hotel room. Before I can relax I have to move all the leaflets and all the books and put them in a drawer. Everything has to be perfect."