8 Celebs Who Got Real About Depression, Bipolar Disorder & Eating Disorders

October 10th is World Mental Health Day, a day when people around the world work to raise awareness and support for mental health issues. While it’s helpful for everyone to share their experiences, celebrities have a unique platform, should they choose to use it. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), one of the most effective ways to fight mental health stigma is to hear one person’s lived experience — and while this can certainly come from friends and family members, celebrities can instantly reach millions of people when they step forward.

Over the past several years, more and more celebrities have spoken out about their experiences with mental health, from opening up about their diagnoses to sharing how they practice self-care. Here are eight of them.

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Selena Gomez

For years, Selena Gomez has been open about her mental health. “I’ve had a lot of issues with depression and anxiety, and I’ve been very vocal about it, but it’s not something I feel I’ll ever overcome," she told Harper's Bazaar in 2018. “There won’t be a day when I’m like, 'Here I am in a pretty dress — I won!' I think it’s a battle I’m gonna have to face for the rest of my life, and I’m okay with that because I know that I’m choosing myself over anything else."
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Demi Lovato

In 2011, Demi Lovato revealed that she'd been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and she's been open about her treatment ever since. “If you know someone or if you’re dealing with it yourself, just know that it is possible to live well,” she told People in 2016. “I’m living proof of that.”

She added, “[My treatment team is] there for me at any moment of the day and will be there to support me throughout my recovery. That relationship is ongoing — it’s not something where you see a therapist once or you see your psychiatrist once, it’s something you maintain to make sure that you want to live with mental illness. You have to take care of yourself.”
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Jonathan Van Ness

Earlier this year, Jonathan Van Ness spoke to the Trevor Project about his depression and anxiety.  “Depression is not as easy as saying, ‘Just find your joy and you’re going to become happy.’ That was never my experience," he said. "When we’re identified fully with our depression, it will say, ‘You have no joy, you have no way out.’ There will be a negative, internal critic in our mind that we need to be able to dissociate from and pull ourselves away from.” 

He added that having people to confide in (both a therapist and loved ones) is important. “When we’re able to share with someone who we do feel safe with, we can realise that these things that are happening to us don’t make us unloveable and aren’t anything to have as a huge secret and don’t make our future dark and dreary," he said. "Actually, we have a really gorgeous future and we deserve love and safety."
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Chrissy Teigen

Chrissy Teigen opened up about her experience with postpartum depression and anxiety in a 2017 essay for Glamour. “[I] just didn’t think it could happen to me,” she wrote. “I have a great life. I have all the help I could need: John, my mother (who lives with us), a nanny. But postpartum does not discriminate. I couldn’t control it. And that’s part of the reason it took me so long to speak up: I felt selfish, icky, and weird saying aloud that I’m struggling. Sometimes I still do."

She added, "I’m speaking up now because I want people to know it can happen to anybody and I don’t want people who have it to feel embarrassed or to feel alone. I also don’t want to pretend like I know everything about postpartum depression, because it can be different for everybody. But one thing I do know is that — for me —just merely being open about it helps.”
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Lizzo

Earlier this year, Lizzo talked about her depression in an Instagram post. "I'm depressed and there's no one I can talk to because there's nothing anyone can do about it. Life hurts," she wrote.

In an interview with People published after the post, Lizzo shared that her depression got so bad, she almost quit music after releasing her hit, "Truth Hurts."

“I practice self-love. I look in the mirror and say, ‘I love you. You’re beautiful. You can do anything.’ Tell yourself that on your happy days so that you have the strength to tell yourself that on your darker days,” she said. “Reaching out to people when you’re depressed is really hard; I would shut myself away from friends and family. So I’ve been working on communicating with the people who love me.”
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Halsey

In 2015, Halsey shared that she has bipolar disorder, and she's continued talking about it. “I’ve been committed twice since [I became] Halsey, and no one’s known about it. But I’m not ashamed of talking about it now," she told Rolling Stone earlier this year. “It’s been my choice. I’ve said to [my manager], ‘Hey, I’m not going to do anything bad right now, but I’m getting to the point where I’m scared that I might, so I need to go figure this out.’ It’s still happening in my body. I just know when to get in front of it.”

Pete Davidson

Comedian Pete Davidson sometimes jokes about his borderline personality disorder, and sometimes discusses it more seriously.

"One of my psychiatrists [diagnosed me]. He was always saying before this big meltdown, 'You're probably bipolar or borderline, we're just going to have to figure it out," he told Marc Maron in 2017. "It’s so hard and like, lame, but once you actually do it and go through the [Dialectical Behaviour Therapy skills] book and you’re like, ‘I’m gonna use this skill’ or like hold ice or take a cold shower or listen to your favourite song really loud — it sounds fucking lame and annoying, but when you do it, it actually kind of works."
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Camila Mendes

In 2017, Riverdale star Camila Mendes posted on Instagram that she was in recovery for an eating disorder. "I've struggled with bulimia," she later told Self in 2018. "It happened a little bit in high school and again when I was in college. Then it came back when I started working in this industry with fittings all the time and watching myself on camera. I had such an emotional relationship with food and anxiety about everything I put into my body."

She added, "I went to a therapist, and she recommended a nutritionist as well, and seeing both of them changed my life. So much of the anxiety I had about food went away when I started learning more about nutrition."
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