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October 5, 2017
Geraldine
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Celebrity Mental Health Quotes That Will Make You Feel Understood

We tend to place celebrities in these bubbles as if they were from a different planet. But in reality, celebrities are like us. They undergo the same struggles most of us go through. They understand how life can be a hard place to navigate, and that – sometimes – even when you have everything, you can feel like you have nothing.

These celebrities have spoken out about struggling with their own feelings of depression, anxiety, self-harm and more. Stars are taking a stand when it comes to mental health. They are working very hard to make it more human and less about facts. Check out how these celebrities share their journey battling with mental health, and see for yourself how you can feel very much understood by celebrities.

Demi Lovato – Bipolar Disorder and Anxiety

“Sometimes I’m not always doing amazing, but it’s okay… Because everyone struggles and it is okay to be flawed because that’s what makes me… Me.”

Wentworth Miller – Suicidal Thoughts

“I would say what others have said: ‘it gets better. One day, you’ll find your tribe… You just have to trust that people are out there waiting to love you and celebrate you for who you are.’ The reality is you might have to be your own tribe. You might have to be your own best friend. That’s not something they are going to teach you in school. So start the work of loving yourself.”

Jennifer Lawrence – Anxiety

“I just try to acknowledge that the scrutiny is stressful and that anyone would find it stressful. So I’ve got to try to let it go, and try to be myself, and focus on important things, like picking up dog poop.”

Leonardo DiCaprio – OCD

“I remember my makeup artist and assistant walking me to the set [of ‘The Aviator’] and going, ‘Oh God, we are 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.’”

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Beyoncé – Depression

“Now that I was famous, I was afraid I would 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 had two choices: I can give up, or I can go on.”

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Zayn Malik – Anxiety

“I don’t have it in me to feel secure in anything I do. I always strive towards something better. It’s why I sometimes come across the wrong way – a bit distant. I’m stressed out trying to control how I’m perceived.”

Lady Gaga – Anxiety and Depression

“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 a glimmer stored away.”

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Adam Levine – ADHD

“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.”

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Miley Cyrus – Depression

“So many people look at my depression as me being ungrateful, but that is not it. I can’t help it…There’s nothing worse than being fake happy.”

Dan Harris – Anxiety

“Self-help gurus are constantly telling us that we can get anything we want through the ‘power of positive thinking.’ This is an unrealistic and potentially damaging message, I think. By contrast, meditation is a doable, realistic, scientifically researched way to get significantly happier, calmer, and nicer.”

J.K. Rowling – Depression

“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.”

Royce White – Anxiety

“People ask me about anxiety – I tell them to get diagnosed and get help, you can’t just take Tylenol to deal with it. Being able to be level with people, being honest about your problem – that is a huge help.”

Tomorrow marks one day left before @feedthemovie comes out in the states. I feel a lot right now: excited, nervous, fearful and proud. One of the main driving forces behind an eating disorder (in my experience) is control. Wanting it, manipulating it, attempting to exert it over yourself and your body in order to feel a sense of it in your life. And one of the hardest things to learn and accept, as a part of recovery, is that control is the one thing we can never have, over anything in our lives. And using food or exercise to attempt to feel like we do is dangerous, punitive and can be fatal. So at this moment, I feel so proud to say I get to share this story with you, but I also will admit releasing it to you means truly letting go of the idea that I have some control over it. I don't. And I will not. It will be out for people to see and experience and it will have its own life beyond me. That's painful and exciting. So thank you for all of your comments of support in these days leading up to the release. Im beyond grateful for the kindness, empathy and excitement you have shown me. Thank you, enjoy your Sunday and enjoy the crap out watching of #gameofthrones tonight #winterishere 🤓

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Troian Bellisario – Eating Disorder

“[Seventeen Magazine] asked me what I was like when I was 17 and I wasn’t going to say, ‘I was great!’ because I wasn’t. I was suffering from a mental disorder. But what I so often find is that it becomes about the facts. ‘How much weight did you lose? How were you treated? Were you hospitalized?’ And that’s not important to me. What is important is to talk about the feelings, to talk about the help that young girls, and young men, who have this problem can get if they find that they are suffering.”

I think it is all a matter of love: the more you love a memory, the stronger and stranger it is.

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Jon Hamm – Depression

“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 shit and go to work and…’ Reset the auto-meter, kick start the engine!”,

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Selena Gomez – Anxiety, Panic Attacks, Depression

“I had to stop because I had everything and I was absolutely broken inside. I kept it all together enough to where I would never let you down but I kept it too much together to where I let myself down… If you are broken, you do not have to stay broken.”

Jared Padalecki – Depression

“A doctor came to set… and said: “Jared, I think you’re clinically depressed…” And 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 in society that struggle with depression sometimes.”

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Lena Dunham – OCD, Anxiety, Depression

“Meds didn’t make me a hollowed out version of my former self or a messy bar patron with a bad bleach job… They allowed to really meet myself. I wish that for every lady who has ever struggled. There’s really no shame.”

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Dwayne Johnson – Depression

“I found that, with depression, one of the most important things you can realize is that you’re not alone. You’re not the first to go through it, you’re not going to be the last to go through it. And oftentimes – it happens – you just feel like you’re alone. And you feel like it’s only you. And you’re in your bubble. And I wish I’d had someone at that time who could just pull me aside and say, ‘Hey, it’s going to be OK. It’ll be OK.’”

Kristen Bell – Depression

“For me, depression is not sadness. It’s not having a bad day and needing a hug. It gave me a complete and utter sense of isolation and loneliness. Its debilitation was all-consuming, and it shut down my mental circuit board. I felt worthless, like I had nothing to offer, like I was a failure. Now, after seeking help, I can see that those thoughts, of course, couldn’t have been more wrong. It’s important for me to be candid about this so people in a similar situation can realize that they are not worthless and that they do have something to offer… there’s nothing weak about struggling with mental illness.”

Celebrity or not, there is no shame in suffering from mental health issues. Sharing, discussing your feelings, your thoughts, your words can help you in your journey. Just remember, while it may be hard for you to talk about mental health, by doing so, you can make the path easier for whoever comes behind you.