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.



6 Carrie Fisher

Everyone knows Carrie Fisher mostly from her role as Princess Leia in Star Wars film series.

At the age of 24, she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

To cope with the manic aspect of the condition, Fisher turned to pain medications including Percodan; she said drugs made her feel more normal.

Fisher has also publicly talked about her addictions to cocaine and prescription medications.

She even revealed that she used cocaine during the filming of The Empire Strikes Back.

In 1985, she was rushed to hospital after an accidental overdose on a combination of sleeping pills and prescription medication.

5 Elton John

There was a time when substance abuse was a large portion of Elton John’s life. For about 16 years throughout the 1970s and 1980s, just about everything the singer did was drug-fueled.

As if taking cocaine was not bad enough, John also smoked joints and many times drank a bottle of Johnny Walker to stay up for three days in a row.

The sequence was then followed by about a day and a half of sleeping. He would wake up just to binge eat and throw it all up because he was bulimic too.

4 J.K. Rowling

It is easy to say that J.K. Rowling is now the world’s most famous living writer, but things were strikingly different for the author in the past.

Before creating Harry Potter, the author was clinically depressed.

She was jobless and lone single mother in modern days Britain.

In fact, she finished the first two books while still on welfare benefits.

The third book’s dementors were actually inspired by her own mental illness.

She may be the most famous writer, but in an interview with Oprah Winfrey she said it was so difficult to describe depression to anyone who had not actually been there.

3 Mel Gibson

In the 2008 documentary Acting Class of 1977, Mel Gibson had an interview with one classmate from the National Institute of Dramatic Art.

In the interview he revealed a history of bipolar disorder.

The interview actually took place in 2002, or four years before a DUI arrest sprinkled with anti-Semitic slurs that he claimed were blurted out in a moment of insanity.

Then again in the summer of 2010, the Internet was in a state of shock after two audiotapes, in which the actor could be heard making threats to his ex-girlfriend in a raging obnoxious manner, made their way to public domain.

While it is almost impossible to say for sure that Gibson actually has a history if bipolar disorder, some doctors agreed the rants in the recording pointed to metal health issues and alcohol abuse.

2 Jim Carrey

In addition to having depression, Jim Carrey also was diagnosed with ADHD; two conditions that often do go hand-in-hand.

People suffering from ADHD are prone to mood swings and depression. While the path to recovery from the conditions is almost always difficult for anybody, Carrey has been taking probably the most challenging one.

His methods of choice in overcoming depression include avoiding drugs and alcohol at all.

Carrey always tries to maintain a strong sense of purpose and good mental well-being through spirituality.

1 Michael Phelps

Despite suffering from ADHD, Michael Phelps went on to become a sport superstar.

He was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of nine.

One big part of the treatment he received was stimulants, the type of drug typically prescribed to help patient manage the condition.

Some experts suggest that sports indeed can be excellent method to maintain mental well-balance, especially for ADHD patients.

The swimmer reinforced the treatment by taking cognitive behavioral therapy to learn behavioral modification as well.

The combination of effective drug and the therapy has so far kept him focused both in and out of pool.

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