Every one of us goes through some kind of problems that tend to make our lives difficult. And in such times, we look up for an inspiration that can help us to overcome it.
Normally, celebrities avoid sharing their personal problems in public. But few of them have shown courage to share their experiences about overcoming their mental illnesses.
Selena Gomez recently revealed about her mental disorder, telling how depressing it was for her. She talked about her 'lonely journey' fighting through the negativity in her life.
These disorders are considered as taboos and people refrain from talking about them in open. But with affirming words, celebs made it clear that these problems are real and must be faced courageously.
Their stories can inspire those who are facing such problems.
Selena Gomez, the 25-year-old singing sensation talked about mental illness in an interview with The Business of Fashion. She said, "It's a lonely journey to really figure out where all this stuff is coming from. And to detach from it. It becomes an addiction, it becomes a habit, retraining your mind to not go to these negative places when you say something wrong, do something wrong, when you wear a certain thing or represent a certain culture. But it is lonely, I had to lose a lot of people in my life to get there."
She further said, "I feel like I know everybody but have no friends. I have like three good friends that I can tell everything to, but I know everyone. I go anywhere and I'm like, 'Hey guys, how's it going?' And it feels great to be connected to people, but having boundaries is so important. You have to have those few people that respect you, want the best for you and you want the best for them. It sounds cheesy, but it's hard."
Ellen DeGeneres suffered from Depression. She quotes: "Everything that I ever feared happened to me. I lost my show. I've been attacked like hell. I went from making a lot of money on a sitcom to making no money. When I walked out of that studio after five years of working so hard, knowing that I had been treated disrespectfully for no reason other than I was gay, I just went into this deep, deep depression."
Hayden Panettiere went through a Postpartum Depression after the birth of her daughter Kaya. She says: "There's a lot of misunderstanding – there's a lot of people out there that think that it's not real, that it's not true, that it's something that's made up in their minds, that Oh, it's hormones. They brush it off. It's something that's completely uncontrollable. It's really painful and it's really scary, and women need a lot of support."
Leonardo DiCaprio suffered from OCD since childhood. While shooting for the movie 'The Aviator', his condition worsened. He said, "I remember my makeup artist and assistant walking me to the set and going, 'Oh God, we're going to need 10 minutes to get him there because he has to walk back and step on that thing, touch the door and walk in and out again. It literally drove me nuts a lot of the time. And it lasted for a couple of months after filming and still it is."
The creator of the fantastic, magical world of Harry Potter, J K Rowling went through a terrible phase in her life, which caused Depression. But she stood by it, saying: "I have never been remotely ashamed of having been depressed. Never. What's to be ashamed of? I went through a really rough time and I am quite proud that I got out of that."
Jared Padalecki, who also suffered from Depression, said,"It kind of hit me like a sack of bricks. I mean, I was 25 years old. I had my own TV show. I had dogs that I loved and tons of friends, and I was getting adoration from fans and I was happy with my work, but I couldn't figure out what it was; it doesn't always make sense is my point. It's not just people who can't find a job or can't fit in a society that struggles with depression sometimes."
Elton John suffered from eating disorders. On his recovery, he said "As soon as I said ['I need help'], I knew that I was going to get better, and I was determined to get better. But it was just a relief to be able to say those."
The singing star, Demi Lovato, said, "I remember sitting with my manager and my family and talking to them about whether or not to speak about the issues that I was dealing with. I knew that there were two options: I could either not talk about my stint in rehab and hope that it went away, or I could talk about it and inspire people to get help for their issues as well, so that's exactly what I did."
The famous comedian, Jim Carrey, came clean about his depression by saying "I was on Prozac for a long time. It may have helped me out of a jam for a little bit, but people stay on it forever. I had to get off at a certain point because I realized that, you know, everything's just okay."
Hollywood Hunk, Brad Pitt, said, "I used to deal with depression, but I don't know, not this decade – may be last decade. But that's also figuring out who you are. I see it as a great education, as one of the seasons or as a semester: 'This semester I was majoring in depression. I was doing the same thing every night and numbing myself to sleep, the same routine. Couldn't wait to get home and hide out."
Princess Leia of our hearts, Carrie Fisher said: "Sometimes you didn't want to be that person. You didn't want to hold the dinner party hostage. And I didn't have a choice. I'd keep people on the phone for eight hours. When my mania is going strong, it's sort of a clear path. You know, I'm flying high up onto the mountain, but it starts going too fast. I stop being able to connect. My sentences don't make sense. I'm not tracking anymore and can't sleep and I'm not reliable."
Adam said, "When I was first diagnosed with ADHD, it wasn't a surprise because I had difficulty in high school focusing. And I think now, people notice my ADHD as an adult on a daily basis. When I can't pay attention, I really can't pay attention."
Just like her husband, Angelina Jolie, also went through depression. She says, "I felt I was going into a very dark place, and I wasn't capable of getting up in the morning, so I signed up for something that would force me to be active."
Actor Jon Hamm addresses his illness thus: "And honestly? Antidepressants help! If you can change your brain chemistry enough to think, 'I want to get up in the morning; I don't want to sleep until four in the afternoon. I want to get up and go do my sh*t and go to work and …' Reset the auto-meter, kick-start the engine!"
Gwyneth Paltrow said, "It was terrible; it was the exact opposite of what had happened when Apple was born. With her, I was on Cloud nine. I couldn't believe it wasn't the same. I just thought it meant I was a terrible mother and a terrible person."
Acknowledging his OCD, David Beckham said, "I'll go into a hotel room. Before I can relax I have to move all the leaflets and all the books and put them in a drawer. Everything has to be perfect."