How These Celebrities Deal With Their Depression And Anxiety

It's time to remind ourselves that being famous doesn't automatically shield you from mental illness

Celebrity Anxiety

by Debrief Staff |
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It’s Mental Health Awareness Week, and there’s never been a better time to remember that one in four of us will suffer from some sort of mental health issue this year– including anxiety and depression. It’s also one of those times when a celebrity speaking out about their own issues and how they coped can actually be really useful – and reassuring.

So here are some of the best celebrity coping techniques – to remind us all that a) we’re not alone and b) even Beyoncé finds things a bit much sometimes.


Celebrity Anxiety

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Zoe Sugg

"[Anxiety] is a mental illness, and nobody likes to use the word 'mental illness.' But it is. And it's not something that people choose to have. I didn't choose when I was 14 to decide to have panic attacks for nine years and for it to ruin loads of opportunities for me, but that's just what happened. And you can either let it rule your life and let it make you miserable or you can just think, 'No, I don't want to live my life like that anymore.'"

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Lady Gaga

"I learned that my sadness never destroyed what was great about me. You just have to go back to that greatness, find that one little light that's left. I'm lucky I found one little glimmer stored away."

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Emma Stone

'I think I was really scared of that for a long time. And if something was really challenging, I thought that I was just going to fall on my face and embarrass myself. I'm just less scared of that now, of failing.'

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Robert Pattinson

"I've been talking to a lot of people about it and I don't know. I kind of like my anxiety in a funny sort of way and I like my peaks and troughs. Luckily depression never lasts long with me." Robert Pattinson

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Demi Lovato

"It's my mission to share this with the world and to let them know that there is life on the other side of those dark times that seem so hopeless and helpless. I want to show the world that there is life -- surprising, wonderful and unexpected life after diagnosis."

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Amanda Seyfried

We all get stuck. We all lose ourselves a little bit in a fantasy or in our jobs and forget how we feel about other things. It's really important to check yourself, to spend some time alone."

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Lena Dunham

'To those struggling with anxiety, OCD, depression: I know it's mad annoying when people tell you to exercise, and it took me about 16 medicated years to listen. I'm glad I did.' 'It ain't about the ass, it's about the brain,'

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"Now that I was famous, I was afraid I'd never find somebody again to love me for me. I was afraid of making new friends. Then one day my mom said, 'Why do you think a person wouldn't love you? Don't you know how smart and sweet and beautiful you are?' That's when I decided I only have two choices: I can give up, or I can go on."

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