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.