Depression is one of the most prevalent mental health conditions affecting more than 264 million people globally. It may cause an individual to suffer greatly and perform poorly at work, school, etc.

When struggling with mental health issues, it’s easy to feel alone. Depression, mental illness, and anxiety can affect anybody. But if they reach their extreme, they can lead to things like self-harm or suicide.

Depression is a mental condition having a detrimental effect on your health and well-being. But with the proper treatment and intervention, healing IS possible.

Celebrities who shared their struggle

Mental illness is still stigmatized in 2021. People who don’t understand mental health issues gaslight others who suffer from things like depression and anxiety.

When famous celebrities speak up about their mental health issues, it serves as a reminder to others that mental illness can attack anyone at any time. And primarily, it teaches us that asking for support is alright.

Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez earned great success as a singer at a very young age and became an icon for the world, but she suffered from depression for a long time. 

In a speech, she said, “I had everything, and I was absolutely broken inside. I kept it all together enough to where I would never let you down,” she added, “but I kept it too much together to where I let myself down.”

The singer first mentioned her depression and anxiety issues in 2016. She started to speak up about her ups and downs since then.

Gomez sought therapy, ate healthy food, and participated in Pilates and yoga classes. She found herself and returned with a strong sense of self-confidence. In an interview, she said,

“I feel so empowered because I’ve gained so much knowledge about what was going on mentally.”Selena mentioned about her illness, “I found out I do suffer from mental health issues. I got on the right medication, and my life has been completely changed.”

Deepika Padukone

Deepika Padukone, one of Bollywood’s highest-paid actresses, has spoken out about her depression to spread awareness about mental health issues.

She was at her best in her career, relationship, and life, but she still felt empty and depressed.

“What I was also experiencing was this hollow, empty, pittish feeling … I would just cry out of nowhere.”

Padukone went to the psychologists and took therapy, which helped her accept her condition. She said her experience exposed her to the illness’ indiscriminate essence and encouraged her to advocate for other victims.

“The toughest part in the journey for me was not understanding what I was feeling”

Dwayne Johnson

After suffering multiple severe injuries in his freshmen year of college, “The Rock” went through his “first of three depressions.”

He admitted in 2014, “I didn’t know why I didn’t want to do anything. I had never experienced anything like that.”

Johnson later revealed that he coped up with depression by reminding himself that he’s not alone.

He tweeted that, “Depression never discriminates. It took me a long time to realize it, but the key is not to be afraid to open up.”

Billie Eilish

Billie spoke about her mental health, revealing that she suffered from depression throughout her teenage years, leading to self-harm.

She said, “I just was in such a bad place. It was too much on me.” with that she added, “I was too much on me.”

Billie suffered from panic attacks due to her lifestyle, something she didn’t experience until she became famous.

She coped up with depression by sharing her thoughts with the therapists and later with the world, which set her free from a mental prison.

“I don’t want advice because I’m not going to take it anyway.” Billie confessed, “I just wanted to be heard.”

Jon Hamm

The star, better known for his role as Don Draper in AMC’s Mad Men, wasn’t always at the peak of popularity today. Jon lost his mother when he was very young and his father when he was a student.

“I struggled with chronic depression. I was in bad shape,” Hamm admitted in 2010.

He sought help through counseling and therapy to overcome depression.

He said, “It gives you another insight because you are too stuck in your spiral, your nonsense,”

Destigmatize mental illness

We think that the world’s biggest celebrities have it all. But the fact is that stars can suffer from mental illness as well — riches and popularity offer no shield against this severe health disorder.

We need to destigmatize mental health problems like depression and help people suffering from these conditions. A few celebrities have also established organizations or foundations to assist those who are affected with mental diseases.

“There is hope, even when your brain tells you there isn’t.”

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