“I was scared of what would happen to me”
Do you remember the time when Camila Cabello abruptly exited the stage in the middle of a concert with her then-group, Fifth Harmony? At first, her groupmates said it may have been a wardrobe malfunction, but in a Snapchat story posted hours later, Camila revealed that she was suffering from an anxiety attack that left her unable to finish the performance.
It’s not the first time Camila’s opened up about her struggle. In late 2015, she talked about battling anxiety. “My heart would beat really fast the whole day,” she said. “Two hours after I woke up, I’d need a nap because my body was so hyperactive. I was scared of what would happen to me, of the things my brain might tell me. I realized the stuff I thought was important isn’t worth my health. Now I write in a diary every day, work out and meditate.”
Do you ever struggle with depression? Since it can be so isolating, it’s extremely important to know that you are not alone. It’s estimated that 20% of teens will deal with depression before they enter adulthood. And while celebs may seem to have the perfect lives when they’re walking the red carpet and performing sold-out concerts, they’re not excluded from that number.
Here are six more stars who bravely opened up about their battles with anxiety and depression.
5SOS’ Ashton Irwin & Michael Clifford
In October 2015, Ashton said he dealt with depression during 5SOS’ Rock Out with Your Socks Out Tour. “I told Luke, ‘I’m depressed, I hate this,'” he shared. Months earlier, his band mate Michael Clifford revealed to concertgoers that he’d been in therapy to help resolve his own mental health issues.
The band channels those feelings into their music, like in their inspiring song, “Carry On.” Ashton explains, “It’s straight-up saying you know it is going to get better. Sticking it through is always going to be worth it, no matter what.”
Halsey opened up about her bipolar disorder and depression in May 2015. “I’m entitled to my emotions,” she said. “Unfortunately, because of the circumstance that I deal with, it’s a little more than other people.” She was diagnosed when she was 16-years-old and her mom lives with the same disorders.
Rowan Blanchard revealed her “ups and downs with depression” via Instagram.
In her inspiring caption, she explained how difficult it is to be a teenager in today’s world: “I realized that instead of rejecting and ostracizing these teenage feelings, I can learn to love the intensity of them and know that everything is momentary.”
Cara Delevingne sent out a series of tweets in March 2016 detailing her experience with depression and what she described as “self-hatred.” She said she was working towards learning “how to not pick apart [her] every flaw.” Cara’s goal now is to inspire others to have conversations about mental illness in their own lives: “Mental illness goes unseen, but I don’t want it to be unheard.”
Ellen DeGeneres says that she sunk into a deep depression after her sitcom was canceled.
Thankfully, she got through it, and came out (literally) stronger than ever! Ellen’s talk show has aired over 2,000 episodes and she’s won the People’s Choice Award for “Favorite Daytime TV Host” 14 times! She’s pretty much the greatest person ever and we wish we were her BFF!
Whatever you might be feeling, just know you’re not alone, and there are resources available to you. Stay strong. And like they say, “Tough times don’t last – tough people do.”
Don’t ever stop believin’ cause we believe in you! xoxo, #TeamYSBnow
If you or someone you know needs help dealing with their depression, visit the resources available here.