According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S. — it affects 40 million adults, or 18.1 percent of the population, every year. And only about 37 percent of those suffering receive treatment. As far as panic attacks go, panic disorder affects 6 million adults, or 2.7 percent of the population, with women twice as likely to be affected as men.
Mental illness is incredibly common and doesn’t discriminate — not even if you have celebrity status
If you’ve ever had a panic attack or suffer from anxiety, you know how excruciating they can be to deal with. We often view celebrities as golden gods who don’t have a care in the world, but the truth is they deal with crushing depression and anxiety just like “normal” people do.
Here’s what some of them have to say about it.
A version of this article was originally published in March 2016.
Emma Stone opened up to The Wall Street Journal about panic attacks in June 2015.
Sarah Silverman told Glamour in October 2015 she first experienced depression when she was 13.
Taylor Swift opened up to NME in October 2015 about anxiety.
Lena Dunham posted a photo of herself dressed in workout clothes on Instagram along with a motivational caption.
Amanda Seyfried revealed to Glamour U.K. in October 2011 she suffers from panic attacks.
In an interview with Elle U.K. in August 2016, Kristen Stewart addressed her mental health.
Demi Lovato opened up to Nylon in January 2014 about her anxiety.
Dakota Johnson revealed to Nylon in September 2015 she'll sometimes have an anxiety attack before auditions.
Jennifer Lawrence opened up to French magazine Madame Figaro in November 2013 about her social anxiety.
Adele told Rolling Stone in April 2011 she gets "shitty scared" of audiences.
Kim Basinger opened up to New York Post in May 2007.
Oprah Winfrey told Access Hollywood in September 2013 she suffered a near nervous breakdown in 2012.
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