Being rich and famous doesn’t mean it’s all smooth sailing. In real life, celebrities have to deal with the same personal problems as we do.

Mental health issues are rife among the Hollywood elite, and, no, they’re not playing up or pretending. Some of them have serious problems – they struggle with anxiety, depression, and other disorders.

The fact that they’re famous only adds to their problems, as living your life under constant scrutiny is very stressful.

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10 Lady Gaga

The singer is very dedicated to mental health causes because she knows first-hand how that feels.

Lady Gaga has post-traumatic stress disorder, PTSD, a consequence of being raped when she was 19.

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9 Amanda Seyfried

The 35-year old actress has been suffering from anxiety and panic attacks since she was 19. Seyfried has been on anti-anxiety medication all of her adult life and, the way she sees it, she’ll always be.

People have asked her why she doesn’t wean herself off those drugs, and her answer to that is quite telling: she is too scared by the prospect of going through a day without her pills.

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8 Daniel Radcliffe

The British actor had to contend with fame from a very young age. The Harry Potter star suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder.

When he was a kid, Radcliffe was diagnosed with a neurological problem called developmental coordination disorder, which hindered his ability to perform simple tasks, like tying his shoelaces. Being a bit different than other kids led him to develop OCD.

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7 Kristen Bell

Kristen Bell battled depression for many years. It was not crippling; she has good days and bad days, days when she needed a ‘good place’ or at least a shoulder to lean on. 

‘Its debilitation was all-consuming, and it shut down my mental circuit board. I felt worthless, like I had nothing to offer like I was a failure,’ Bell said in a recent interview. Her advice to people suffering from depression? Reach out and ask for help.



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6 Cara Delevingne

Actress and supermodel Cara Delevigne had a privileged childhood in the heart of London, but that did not prevent her from sinking into depression. Her troubles started when she was 15.

I was hit with a massive wave of depression and anxiety and self-hatred, where the feelings were so painful that I would slam my head against a tree to try to knock myself out.

The sad part is that she was aware there was no logical explanation for her mental issues, so she did not dare tell anybody about her feelings.

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5 Adele

The famous singer was at the height of her career in 2012 when her son Angelo James was born. At the same time, she regarded having a child as a blessing, a miracle that gave meaning to her life, that did not stop her from developing postpartum depression and anxiety attacks.

I was obsessed with my child. I felt very inadequate’, she recalled. She soldiered through her mental illness alone, too afraid to ask for professional help.

What saved her was talking to some of her friends and discovering she was not the only one to feel that way. She understood it was OK to have doubts and fears, liberating her from her guilt and the sense of helplessness.

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4 Leonardo DiCaprio

The handsome Leo suffers from OCD, and he’s been very frank about his problems. DiCaprio says that, sometimes, his OCD makes him go through a doorway several times in a row, and feels compelled to step on chewing gum stains.

While it is scary to have these compulsions, the actor says he does his best to keep his problems under control, and he sometimes scolds himself for doing such crazy things.

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3 Kristen Stewart

The Twilight star had a hard time battling anxiety when she was a teenager. The problems started when she was around 15, and it was very debilitating.

She was super anxious, to the point that she made herself sick with worry. Besides the typical problems that affect most teenagers, Stewart also had to deal with being a child actor, as she got her first role when she was 8.

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2 Demi Lovato

The former Disney star suffers from bipolar disorder, but that’s not everything. Demi Lovato has also had to deal with many other problems in her teens, addiction, depression, making her cut herself and an eating disorder.

Her issues have made her very sensitive about mental health issues, and she is now the spokesperson for the Be Vocal: Speak Up for Mental Health campaign.

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1 Halle Berry

Academy Award winner Halle Berry went through a terrible time following her 1997 divorce from baseball star David Justice.

Berry was so depressed she contemplated suicide, actually more than contemplated, as she had a clear plan of how she would do it.

What helped her pulled through was the realization that such an act would be a devastating blow for her mother.

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