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Celebrities With Serious Mental Disorders

While it may appear that celebrities lead perfect lives that money and fame make them invulnerable, sometimes it's not always true. Mental illness doesn't discriminate against who it affects. Just like everyone else, celebrities may have struggles they're unable to share that they may struggle with every day. The stigma of mental illness is very strong but here are some celebrities that have come forward to help break it. Emma Stone when speaking to The Wall Street Journal in 2013's doesn't reveal that she's suffered from panic attacks during her childhood. Stone went on to say the attacks became so bad she developed an agoraphobia for a time. While panic disorders tend to develop in persons early 20s, Stone started much earlier around the age of 8 while the attack still happened she's found ways to develop healthy coping strategies to deal with them.

 John Nash, while best known for his Nobel Prize for economics Sciences in 1994, the math genius fought an internal battle with mental illness Nash suffered from paranoid schizophrenia a difficult to sort of it leaves the person unsure of what's real and what isn't. It can affect social responses and ability to think logically at times. Given that it causes feelings of paranoia, Nash said in an interview with PBS that during periods of paranoia he would hear voices but he said they reflected his wishes to have a more influential role in the world. He also said that he didn't suffer and that mental illness is actually misunderstood. He made adjustments in his life to live with his schizophrenia and said it did not negatively affect his work. Nash's story actually inspired the award-winning 2001 film A Beautiful Mind.

Catherine Zeta-jones while now more outspoken about her illness to help erase the stigma, there was a time when Zeta-Jones was wary of discussing her condition in 2011 Zeta-Jones was diagnosed with bipolar disorder - a type of manic depression and sought treatment when first diagnosed. She told InStyle magazine that she didn't want to be a poster child for the illness she wanted to show fans that it could be treated and controlled and wanted to handle this situation gracefully. She checked into a treatment center in April 2013.

Drew Carey the prices right host has never been ashamed to admit that he has suffered from depression in his autobiography dirty jokes and beer stories. The unrefined Carey talks about his longtime battle with mental illness and even speaks of his suicide attempts. He hopes that having more celebrities speaking out will help these stigmatize mental health issues and show they are just like anyone else.

Carrie Fisher is best known for her role as Princess Leia in the Star Wars films. Carrie Fisher's life isn't all romance and lightsabers Fisher's struggled with substance abuse and bipolar disorder which can manifest severe mood swings that can affect daily activity. Speaking to ABC News primetime Fisher was able to speak publicly about her illness saying she wasn't ashamed.

 Elton John speaking to Larry King back in 2002. Elton John spoke about his struggle with substance abuse in bulimia an eating disorder that causes people to binge then expel their food either by vomiting or using laxatives. While portrayed more often in women, a quarter of those affected is men. After seeking help for his illness John said it was the best thing I ever did, but you know those three words "I need help" if only I'd said them earlier. John suffered for sixteen years before seeking treatment for his illness and cocaine addiction. In 1990 JK rowling before becoming a best-selling author the Harry Potter writers struggled with depression prior to the take-off of her magical book series Rowling says living in poverty in dealing with the death of her mother drove her to her lowest point she has said the Dementors dark soul sucking creatures that feed off human happiness emerged from her depression while giving her feelings a physical form aided in her recovery she also credits the help of therapists and helping her overcome her

In 1990 JK Rowling before becoming a best-selling author, the Harry Potter writer struggled with depression prior to the take-off of her magical book series. Rowling says living in poverty in dealing with the death of her mother drove her to her lowest point she has said the Dementors dark soul sucking creatures that feed off human happiness emerged from her depression. While giving her feelings a physical form aided in her recovery she also credits the help of therapists and helping her overcome her depression. 

Mel Gibson in addition to a diagnosis of bipolar one disorder which was once classified as a manic depressive disorder. Gibson also had severe issues with alcohol and was even arrested in 2006 in charge of the DUI. It was when he sought help for his substance abuse that he discovered he was suffering from a mental illness feeling ashamed for the way he behaved Gibson apologized for his behavior and sought treatment for his illness.

 Jim Carrey credited as being an amazing comedian in movies like Ace Ventura Bruce Almighty and dumb and dumber. Carrie is considered one of the elite when it comes to acting, so it may come as a surprise that he told interviewers in 2009 that he had struggled with depression for a significant portion of his life. His depression reached a point where he felt it was so debilitating that he could not overcome it so he sought the help from doctors and was prescribed with Prozac. In addition to this illness, Carrie was also diagnosed with ADHD which sometimes goes hand-in-hand with depression. After some time he found that Prozac was not helping and decided to try alternative treatments. In addition to accepting and speaking out about his illness, Carrie also avoids drugs and alcohol which can agitate his condition.

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