10 Celebrities You Didn't Know Struggle With Anxiety

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10 Celebrities With Anxiety

Struggling with anxiety can often make you feel alone.

The illness forces you to believe no one will understand you or your issues, which causes you to isolate yourself and hide behind a positive facade.

We know, because we do the same thing. It's not easy for us to discuss our battles with anxiety, especially considering how stigmatized the mental illness is.

What does help us is remembering we're not really as alone as we think. Not only are they the most common health concern in the U.S., but plenty of our favorite celebrities have been open and honest about their struggles with anxiety.

In choosing to use their platform to speak out, they've done everyone who's hiding their illness behind closed doors a huge favor. From Busy Philipps to Lady Gaga, read the inspiring stories these celebrities have shared about their anxiety issues below!

Busy Philipps

Busy Philipps has had anxiety since she was a child, but wasn't vocal about it until rather recently. In a video for the Child Mind Institute's #MyYoungerSelf initiative, Philipps opened up about her lifelong struggles with anxiety.

"I didn't want to tell [my parents] what was happening because I thought there was something wrong with me," she stated in the video. "It turns out, that there's nothing wrong with me. Once I was able to start talking about it, it relieved a lot of the anxiety and I was able to get help: therapy and sometimes medication, which, there's nothing wrong with that either."

Philipps also revealed what she would tell her younger self about her struggles, and it's advice we all need to remember.

"I guess I would've liked to tell my younger self not to be embarrassed or ashamed, and to open up and to talk about what's happening," she shared. "Because, you know, once you have the realization that what you're going through is something that a lot of people struggle with, it feels kind of incredible to know that you're not alone. So, you're not alone."

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Lady Gaga

Never one to shy away from speaking her mind, Lady Gaga has spoken about her lifelong struggles with anxiety and depression. She even launched the Born This Way Foundation to better help her fans cope with their mental health issues, too.

What Lady Gaga credits with helping her better manage her mental illnesses is learning to say no. In a talk at Yale University, she mentioned that being overworked and looked at as nothing more than an image caused her to experience plenty of negative feelings. But once she started rejecting things that didn't serve her any purpose or made her feel bad, she began to improve her relationship with herself.

"I started to say no," she stated. "I'm not doing that. I don't want to do that. I'm not taking that picture, I'm not going to that event, I'm not standing by that because that's not what I stand for. And slowly but surely, I remembered who I am. And then you go home, and you look in the mirror, and you're like, 'Yes. I can go to bed with you every night.' Because that person, I know that person. That person has balls, that person has integrity, that person has an opinion."

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Though she has one of the most beautiful voices we've ever heard, Adele revealed that she gets major anxiety attacks before her shows. In a 2011 interview with Rolling Stone, the "Hello" singer stated:

"I have anxiety attacks a lot ... when I get nervous, I try to bust jokes. It does work. I chat a lot of fucking shit, though."

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Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande has experienced a rough year. From the terrorist attack on her Manchester concert to the death of her ex Mac Miller, Grande's had to deal with a lot lately.

In her recent interview with Elle, Grande shared she's always suffered from anxiety, but it had gotten worse, in light of recent events.

"I would be in a good mood, fine and happy, and they would hit me out of nowhere. I've always had anxiety, but it had never been physical before. There were a couple of months straight where I felt so upside down."

Jennifer Lawrence

This Oscar winner prides herself on being a normal person, anxiety and all. Always one to be upfront and honest with the world, Lawrence revealed she had social anxiety in an interview with French magazine Madame Figaro.

"When my mother told me about my childhood, she always told me there was like a light in me, a spark that inspired me constantly. When I entered the school, the light went out. We never knew what it was, a kind of social anxiety," Lawrence stated. "I went to see a shrink, nothing worked. One day, I begged my parents to take me to a casting, we went to New York and that's where I started acting. Just on stage, my mother saw the change that was taking place in me. She saw my anxieties disappear. She found her daughter, the one who had this light and joy before school. I finally found a way ... that was good for me and made ​​me happy, because I felt capable, whereas before I felt worthless. This is why mom fought for me to be an actress."

Kristen Bell

The Good Place actress Kristen Bell hid her struggles with anxiety and depression for quite some time. It wasn't up until recently, she decided to speak out about them.

Partnering with the Child Mind Institute for their #MyYoungerSelf initiative, Bell had some poignant advice for those who are convinced they're the only one struggling.

"Don't be fooled by this game of perfection that humans play," she said. "Because Instagram and magazines and TV shows, they strive for a certain aesthetic, and everything looks so beautiful, and people seem like they don't have any problems, but everyone's human. Everyone has problems. Everyone feels yucky on the inside sometimes."

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Serena Williams

Tennis star Serena Williams is one powerful woman, but even a star like her isn't immune to a mental health illness like anxiety.

In an interview with HuffPost, Williams revealed she'd suffered from anxiety before, but it worsened when she became a mother for the first time.

"Oh, the anxiety is unreal! She's like the bubble boy, I never want her to leave the house. ... It's incredible, the anxiety I feel," Williams said. "There are times I've walked in on her and stuck my finger under her nose to make sure she's breathing. I still do it. I wanted to do it yesterday. It's like, 'Serena, she's OK. Stop.'"

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Shonda Rhimes

The creator and producer of Grey's Anatomy, Scandal, and How to Get Away With Murder, Shonda Rhimes is responsible for virtually every single one of your favorite shows. You're welcome. But little did most people know, the creative suffered from social anxiety for many years. Calling herself a "walking panic attack," Rhimes opened up about her stage fright and social anxiety in her 2015 memoir The Year of Yes.

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Rachel Bloom

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend star and co-creator has been nothing but open about her issues surrounding mental health since she first burst out onto the scene.

Speaking with Glamour on her anxiety and depression, Bloom revealed that meditating helped her better manage both.

"Meditating has helped me to focus on the present and to not see every great thing as my thing to fuck up," she said. "I used to feel like, β€˜Okay, this good thing is happening; it's yours to lose.' With this show, though, every day is so high stakes that I would crumble if I thought that way. So I try to say to myself, 'Hey, you only live once. Go along for the ride. Do your best.'"

Sarah Silverman

Comedian Sarah Silverman has had past struggles with anxiety and depression for years, but you'd never know it from her cheery demeanor. Back in 2015, Silverman opened up to Glamour about how she got through the tough times.

"But if you ever experience it, or are experiencing it right now, just know that on the other side, the little joys in life will be that much sweeter," she noted.

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