There’s an unfortunate stigma surrounding mental health which usually prevents people from speaking about that. However, over the last couple of years, many celebrities got candid and opened up about their own mental health. These difficult conversations were indeed refreshing as they encouraged more people to seek the necessary help. Moreover, as many people believe that stars have the perfect life, when they hear that they also have struggles, feel like they are not alone and that mental health problems can happen to anyone. Hence, these are 8 famous men who have had their dark moments and opened up about their mental health.
If you have ever seen Jim Carrey on an interview you must have wondered what’s happening with him. So, after many speculations, he confirmed that he suffered from deep depression as a result of a series of bad things which had happened in his life, such as the suicide of his ex-girlfriend. Each of those bad things has left an imprint on his soul but he somehow managed to overcome it.
Ryan Reynolds went candid and accepted his anxiety and insomnia. The Deadpool start seems to lead a picture-perfect life, but he is just like any other person with a dark side. He shared that his anxiety and insomnia are probably a result of his tough childhood and his father who wasn’t easy to cope with. However, he has shared on multiple occasions that he is more than happy to have Blake Lively in his life who helped him overcome the anxious times.
Jonny Deep shared his personal struggles in one of the boldest and most sincere interviews of all time. He admitted that he has fought with alcoholism, depression and financial struggles. What’s so inspiring about him is the fact that he accepted his issues and did his best to fix them. His emotional interview encouraged many people to accept that they have an issue, seek help and work on their problems.
Chris Evans opened up about his struggle with social anxiety which happens on almost all of his premieres and public events. He even took some measures to overcome this issue with some therapy sessions. In one of his interviews, he admitted that each of his public appearances feels like being out of his comfort zone which isn’t pleasant at all.
It came as a real surprise when we heard that Michael Phelps revealed that he actually struggled with ADHD. So, even though we perceived his life as an athletic dream, his childhood seems to have been nowhere near it. In fact, even teachers used to tell him that he would never be successful in life. However, it was a huge step for him to share his mental disorder with the public. He found a way to cope with this struggle and shared that having someone close to listen is the most important thing.
In an interview for Out, James Franco admitted that he has a very addictive personality, especially when he was a teenager. After 10 years, he also suffered from depression. However, he overcame the substance addition but became work-addicted. He found a way to beat that addiction with sports and art. Moreover, he recovered from addictions at the age of only 17 and started his acting career. Instead of focusing on his addiction, he decided to focus on something more productive.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson seems to have the perfect life. However, what might surprise you about him is the fact that he has been suffering from depression since the age of 15. His depression started after he witnessed his mother’s suicide attempt. He didn’t only witness but also saved her life. The depression issue started then but peaked after his injuries put an end to his professional football career and his girlfriend broke up with him. Him speaking out about his depression was a real encouragement for many people as there are about 16.2 million American who also go through a battle with depression.
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It might not be an everyday situation to hear that a royal speaks about his mental issues in public. However, Prince Harry, strayed from tradition, just like his mother did, and in an interview for The Telegraph shared that he experienced mental problems caused by his mother’s death. In fact, he shutted down all his emotions for 20 years. However, with the help of his brother, he decided to seek professional help. His confession encouraged many people to face their mental health problems and ask for help.