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17 Celebrities Who Opened Up About Mental Health In 2016

"You don’t see the mental illness: It’s not a mass; it’s not a cyst. But it’s there. Why do you need to prove it?"

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3. Zayn Malik opened up about his eating disorder when he was in One Direction in his autobiography, Zayn.

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He wrote: "It wasn’t as though I had any concerns about my weight or anything like that, I’d just go for days – sometimes two or three days straight – without eating anything at all. It got quite serious, although at the time I didn’t recognise it for what it was."

4. Kristen Bell wrote about her depression for Motto.

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She wrote: "For me, depression is not sadness. It’s not having a bad day and needing a hug. It gave me a complete and utter sense of isolation and loneliness. Its debilitation was all-consuming, and it shut down my mental circuit board. I felt worthless, like I had nothing to offer, like I was a failure. Now, after seeking help, I can see that those thoughts, of course, couldn’t have been more wrong."


6. Catherine Zeta-Jones shared her diagnosis of bipolar disorder in People.

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"If my revelation of having bipolar II has encouraged one person to seek help, then it is worth it," she said.

7. Amanda Seyfried talked about her OCD and stigma in Allure.

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She went on to say, "I had pretty bad health anxiety that came from the OCD and thought I had a tumor in my brain. I had an MRI, and the neurologist referred me to a psychiatrist. As I get older, the compulsive thoughts and fears have diminished a lot. Knowing that a lot of my fears are not reality-based really helps.”


14. Jade Thirlwall wrote about her past eating disorder in Little Mix’s new book Our World.

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She wrote: "It took going to hospital to make me realise what I was doing, that it wasn’t a game, it was something really serious. They sat me down in the clinic and were quite tough at first, spelling it out: 'You’re destroying your body and if you keep doing this you will die.' I thought: 'Fucking hell, I can’t do this to my family.' It shocked me into a change."

16. Ellie Goulding discussed struggling with panic attacks when her career took off in Flare.

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She's learned to cope with the help of cognitive behavioral therapy, saying, "There were a couple of times after I released Delirium when I was doing promo and thought, Oh god, it’s coming back, it’s coming back, but it didn’t. I think my body has become quite good at controlling anxiety."

17. Lena Dunham discussed anxiety on Refinery29’s RIOT series.

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She said on the reality of mental illness: "I feel like there’s this glamour, when you look at like a Tennessee Williams play, where the woman who has a psychological illness is in a fur, laid out on a chaise. Whereas in reality, a woman with mental illness or a woman struggling with her psychological wellbeing is often in sweats and in a T-shirt that used to belong to her dad and is covered in food bits."