Mental illnesses do not discriminate. They affect anyone from all walks of life whether students, scientists, celebrities, government officials, truck drivers, and even healthcare professionals including doctors.
In fact more than 60 million Americans are believed to experience mental illnesses at some points, affecting their lives to a large extent and the negative impacts are felt by family members, friends, and coworkers.
Mental disorder of any kind is not actually uncommon, and medical science has come up with a broad range of evidence-based treatments to help improve the conditions.
In spite of the availability of proven-effective medical interventions, about 40% of individuals suffering from mental illnesses do not receive the appropriate care, while many who actually begin treatment fail to complete the program.
The prejudices of mental illness have become a stigma that dissuades people from seeking help, and therefore the stigma is as dangerous as the illnesses themselves.
When public figures opened up about their struggles, it can help spark public discussions and perhaps inspire others to seek treatments.
The following figures have gone through the experiences of living with mental disorders and the struggles to deal and cope with the conditions.
10 Emma Stone
Receiving both Oscar and Golden Globe Awards for her role as Mia Dolan in La La Land, Emma Stone has established her name among the Hollywood elites and earned her right to be proud of herself.
As a child, however, Stone was an extremely anxious child and experienced more than a fair share of panic attacks.
In an interview on Late Night with Stephen Colbert, she showed photo of her “little green monster” she had drawn to represent the terrifying thoughts inside her mind long ago.
9 John Nash
Arguably one of the greatest mathematicians the world has ever seen, John Nash was also known for his long battles with schizophrenia; it was a series of heart-breaking struggles that inspired the 2001 Oscar-winning film A Beautiful Mind.
Nash began to display symptoms of schizophrenia in the late 1950s around the age of 30.
Over the next several decades, he was hospitalized several times and taking anti-psychotic medications.
There still isn’t a drug for schizophrenia, yet his condition began to improve after two decades.
Later in his life, Nash apparently recovered.
8 Catherine Zeta-Jones
Known for her powerful acting in Chicago and The Mask of Zorro, Catherine Zeta-Jones was diagnosed with bipolar II disorder.
She began seeking treatment in 2011, and it was effective in helping her cope with the condition including stress due to her husband’s suffering from throat cancer.
Jones has gone in and out of periodic care as part of the program to maintain her mental well-being. In 2013, she again returned to in-patient care, and most recently in 2016.
She has been vocal about her condition in the hope of encouraging others with the same condition to also seek help.
7 Drew Carey
In his younger days, Drew Carey attempted suicide by trying to overdose on pills.
He did it once when he was 18 years old, and then again in his early 20s.
In an interview with Nancy O’Dell for Access Hollywood, Carey admitted to suffering from depression for a long time.
Later on he found treatment from self-help books and learned to be more organized and purposeful in life.
He read every self-help book he could find, and still does until today.