Celebrities With Depression and Anxiety!
It may seem odd to think that celebrities and the rich and famous may suffer from depression, anxiety, and emotional disorders such as these, but you may be surprised at the personal struggles behind the public smiles. Often depression, anxiety, panic, and other such disorders have physical causes and may stem from a lack of certain chemical balances in the brain, and they may be the result of their hectic and pressure-filled lifestyle.
Super cute movie star Jessica Alba has confessed to dealing with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder or OCD, a disorder that causes a person to obsess over matters or feel a compulsive need to repeat behaviors like hand washing or hair combing. She said her anxiety came to a peak on her 25th birthday because of the 200 balloons her boyfriend had scattered in her hotel room as a surprise!
Funnyman Howie Mandel may be most famous for his form of OCD; he has a phobia about germs that keeps him from shaking hands with people. It was said that when in the hospital for heart problems in 2009, he even refused to put on a hospital gown for fear of germs. David Beckham also has a type of phobia or anxiety disorder, said to be a fear of untidiness or compulsion to be neat and orderly. His wife Victoria has said that he lines up his clothes in the closet by color and even neatly stacks soda cans in the fridge.
Singer John Mayer is said to have anxiety attacks so bad and so often that he keeps Xanax, a prescription medication for anxiety, in his pockets at all times. “Jersey Shore” store Vinny Guadagino left the show during the fifth season because his anxiety attacks were so severe. He said the atmosphere of the show, with its constant fighting and drinking and confrontations, made his condition even worse.
Many celeb moms have confessed to getting postpartum depression after the birth of children. Tom Cruise got quite a public shellacking after chastising Brooke Shields for confessing to using medication to control her postpartum depression. After erroneously stating that the condition can be treated with “vitamins and exercise,” many women and mother’s groups chastised Cruise for commenting on a situation he obviously knew nothing about. Other celebs that have spoken about their postpartum depression include Gwyneth Paltrow and Bryce Dallas Howard.
Comedienne Ellen DeGeneres also confessed to depression after the media frenzy that surrounded her “coming out” in 1997. Today she is happy and healthy with new wife Portia Rossi and her mega-successful afternoon talk show. Megastar Angelina Jolie has said that she battled major depression during her 20s and then again after the death of her mother in 2007. Actress Christina Ricci has also said she’s battled both depression and anorexia, as responses to Hollywood’s demands to be “perfect.” Thankfully she has managed these conditions with the help of a psychiatrist.