When a celebrity speaks out about something–anything–people listen.
Not because they are experts in the field but simply because they are celebrities. When kids see celebrities getting high, they think it is okay to get high. When kids see celebrities doing good for others, they get the idea it is okay for them to do good for others.
Celebrities are role models, good or bad.
Some celebrities are doing great things by speaking out and speaking up for mental health.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration takes time each year to reward the celebrities who are brave enough to speak out about mental health disorders. Some of those awarded are listed below.
Demi Lovato is still young but she is quite experienced when it comes to living with mental health issues. She was raised by parents who also suffered from mental health problems, including schizophrenia, bipolar and eating disorders. It seems only natural she would experience mental health issues in her adulthood. But she deserves serious props for not letting mental illness run her life and for teaching others how to do the same.
Schizophrenia, defined by the National Institute of Mental Health, is a disorder that affects how a person thinks, feels and behaves. Bipolar, however, is known more for the mood swings from depressed to manic.
Lovato admits that she too has been diagnosed with bipolar and eating disorders. Today she has acquired a lot of tools to help her fight the mental health issues that arise.
One of those tools is being open about her struggles. Keeping secrets can be dangerous. Some find that releasing secrets can reduce your guilt. On the other hand, keeping those nasty secrets can ruin relationships, and give you more stress which can lead to health issues.
Listen to Demi Lovato’s speech on mental illness. It is here she states we are doing a good job with mental health as a country, but we can certainly do better for the people who are suffering.
Even through her recent tragic passing, she has been able to shed light on mental health disorders and how they impact lives. Only a princess can have such a positive effect on the world even after her death. She will always be a role model in the fight against the stigma surrounding mental illness.
Carrie Fisher admittedly struggled with addiction and bipolar disorder.
She writes candidly about both through her published books and through her social media accounts.
Addiction happens when a person ingests something (alcohol, drugs, and food) that gives them a pleasurable feeling, making them want that substance more and more, until the use of that substance begins interfering with their personal lives or work. For instance, a person goes to a party and drinks alcohol to feel good and be more social. This same person begins to drink after work and eventually drinks every day. Soon this person finds it necessary to drink before and after work. Eventually, this person drinks most of the time, missing work to drink, missing family events due to hangovers, and missing out on other life events due to their addiction.
A person can be addicted to pretty much anything.
Whether it is drugs, alcohol, food, sex, pornography, Facebook or exercise, there is help. Addiction may be the one mental illness that has clear steps that can help many people. Meaning, one program, such as the Twelve Steps, can help many people using the same plan.
Adam Levine is not officially a spokesman for mental health disorders or anything but he has revealed his childhood diagnosis of ADHD in order to reduce the stigma associated with mental health disorders.
He encourages people suffering with mental health issues to own it and then deal with it. This is great because so many people refuse to just own their problem. Once a person recognizes their problem, the solution often follows soon after.
Attention deficit disorders are not just childhood disorders. They continue to affect many adults with symptoms such as the inability to focus, easily distracted, having too much energy and being impulsive.
Attention deficit disorders, with or without hyperactivity issues, can be conquered. Many times medication is involved in the treatment. However, diet and knowing which foods to eliminate from your diet can help too. Medications used with these disorders can be very addictive so it really is best to try other treatments first. Developing a plan of action and figuring out the settings that help you thrive are essential to success.
Whether Kanye West is trying to advocate for mental illness or not, he is. And by doing so his bravery is influencing many others with mental illness to get help. We are all rooting for Kanye’s success because other than the millions in his bank account and the Kardashian connection, we are all very similar to Kanye. We screw up, we get help, we do better, we screw up, we get help, and we do better.
After his mother passed away, Kanye even admitted to feeling suicidal.
Suicidal thoughts often occur from feelings of depression and despair. Some people may have a detailed plan on how to kill themselves while others just have fleeting thoughts. Either way, they are both considered to be suicidal thoughts or suicidal ideation.
Suicidal ideations are the most serious and need immediate attention. If you are ever feeling like you don’t want to be here (in this world) anymore, tell at least one person your thoughts and let them help you get to a counselor where you can discuss your feelings. If you do not have a friend you trust, call the national hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or Google national suicide prevention lifeline and chat online with a counselor. The most important thing you can do if you have had thoughts of harming yourself is to just reach out to someone else. You are not alone. There are many others coping just like you and there are just as many people out there wanting to help you!
Maybe it’s a musician thing, musicians with mental illness. Nah, it’s an everybody thing and celebrities such as Pete Wentz get real about their issues. He is a fall out boy that actually fell out with depression and bipolar. He wants people to talk about and express their emotions to avoid them getting so bad you become suicidal, as he did. Yep, he tried to overdose in a Best Buy parking lot but lucky for us, he is still here. With help, he conquered his mental illness. Well, conquered may be a strong word, but he definitely learned how to live with mental illness and he is not afraid to share his story. In doing so, he is helping so many fans (and haters) in getting the help they need.
Depression can be devastating. It’s not just a feeling of sadness that leaves after a couple of days. It lingers on for weeks and sometimes months and interferes with different parts of your life.
Just talking to someone about your depression can be a huge help. A therapist can help you find out the source of your depression, whether from an imbalance of brain chemicals or situation events such as the death of a family member. All situations surrounding depression have solutions and they are not as hard as you think. Medicine can be used to treat depression but should be used on a temporary basis. After you have learned techniques to prevent or fight depressive episodes, it is possible for you to ween of your medications with the help of your doctor.
Brooke Shields has done a wonderful job giving people an inside look into her battle with post-partum depression. And even when she came under fire from other celebrities such as Tom Cruise, she didn’t back down from the positive results she had with medication and therapy to help her heal.
Post-partum depression is associated with women who have recently given birth to a child and are experiencing feelings of depression, anxiety, and general mood swings. These women can also feel exhausted, so much that they do not feel they can even care for themselves.
Having a baby changes elements in a woman’s body. Hormones, brain chemicals, and estrogen levels are going crazy after having a baby. But because this issue is such a huge epidemic, there is a great amount of help out there. There are online support groups, community groups, therapy and even just talking to other moms. All of these will help you communicate your emotions and get tons of feedback and positive information.
Adele suffers from anxiety and suffers anxiety attacks. It’s hard to believe because most of us see Adele as totally calm and collected, like all the time. So, when hearing Adele has anxiety issues, it makes all of us feel relieved in a small way. We feel relieved that someone as cool as Adele is actually still quite normal.
Anxiety attacks are abrupt onset of fear so intense it can cause heart palpitations, dizziness, vomiting, nausea, shortness of breath and other frightening symptoms.
Also known as panic attacks, this form of anxiety can be debilitating. Your brain can convince you of just about anything and with panic attacks, your brain is telling the rest of your body that something is really wrong and if it is not fixed soon you are going to die. Is this true? No. But during a panic attack you can rationalize with yourself all you want and you will still feel the same fears.
The good news is that there are many tangible avenues for help in overcoming anxiety and learning specific techniques to help cope with anxiety attacks. The first step is to make an appointment with a therapist who specializes in this area. They will assess your symptoms, how often you have anxiety, and make a recommendation as to what type of treatments will benefit you.
Do not just go to a psychiatrist and get medicated. It’s tempting because you just want the symptoms to stop. However, you need a broad evaluation with a qualified professional to help determine if you even need medication. There are many relaxation techniques, along with talk therapy, that can help you overcome anxiety.
Howie Mandel confesses he has obsessive compulsive disorder and a really big fear of germs. He even shaves his head because it makes him feel cleaner. He can be seen on television shows giving the fist bump rather than a hand shake. He doesn’t give up great jobs like America’s Got Talent, however. Nope, he learns how to fight through his obsessive compulsive issues and inspire millions of others to do so too. That’s a good deal.
Obsessive compulsive disorder has symptoms of repetitive, unwanted thoughts that are followed by urges to do certain actions. Even when people know their thoughts and actions aren’t logical, they cannot stop.
There are many therapies out there to help you with obsessive compulsive disorders. Support group, Cognitive behavioral therapy, Psychotherapy, Systematic desensitization, and Group psychotherapy, just to name a few.
Lady Gaga has admitted to having post-traumatic stress disorder. Incredible, one of the most popular celebrities around the world and yep, she suffers just like everyone else. What is so great is that she also admits she seeks help for her problems. She states going to doctors and talking to family and friends helped her through her struggles.
Post-traumatic stress disorder happens when a person experiences a trauma of some kind. After the trauma, that person can experience nightmares, flashbacks or other mental disabilities.
Examples of traumas that have been known to lead to post-traumatic stress disorder include combat experience in a war, 9/11 attacks, sexual abuse or rape, and even the death of a loved one.
Post-traumatic stress disorder is very treatable. Thought and behavior modification through psychotherapy can be a huge help in overcoming this disorder.
These are nine of the many celebrities speaking up about their mental health issues and making a huge impact on all of those suffering. The more celebrities can show their fans that it is okay to admit to having a mental illness, the better. These celebrities deserve a huge shout-out for their courage and their positive influence in the field of mental health. So…shout-out to them!