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37 Celebrities Who Opened Up About Their Health This Year

From Ariana Grande's PTSD to Carrie Underwood's fertility troubles, celebrities weren't shy about trying to normalize conversations around many stigmatized conditions this year.

Every year, it seems like more and more celebrities are talking openly and vulnerably about health issues — from mental health to chronic illness to infertility to disease — and this year was no different.

Before we dive in, though, let's be honest. Celebrities have an enormous amount of privilege and frankly, you might not find comfort in the fact that some famous person deals with the same disorder as you or a loved one does. Chances are, they have access to treatment, resources, and lifestyle choices you might not.

At the same time, representation is important, and celebrities are a huge help in getting the word out about disorders that are otherwise not talked about as much as they should be. Like, they have a huge platform.

Not to mention, when you get diagnosed with something or want to learn what a loved one is dealing with, a google searching yielding pages of symptoms and treatments and medical jargon can be scary. Seeing real people talking about and living with a health problem, on the other hand, can be comforting. As cheesy as it may sound, celebrities can be the first line of defense to help people feel less alone in what they're going through, no matter how individual an experience may be.

Plus, celebs are obviously human too and no amount of fame or money can protect you from the debilitating, frustrating, painful experiences of the body and mind. So here are some celebrities who have opened up about their personal health issues who might just know what you're going through.

1. Ariana Grande gave an emotional speech about what a challenging year it has been for her personally, no doubt referring to the death of Mac Miller and living with post-traumatic stress disorder following the Manchester attack.

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When accepting the Woman of the Year award at a Billboard Women In Music 2018 event, she said, "I want to say that I find it interesting that this has been one of the best years in my career and, like, the worst of my life. I'm not saying that for sympathy. I'm just saying that because I feel like a lot of people would look at someone in my position right now, I guess, like Woman of the Year, an artist that could be at her peak, like reaching her, you know, whatever, and think, 'She's really got her shit together, you know, like, she's really on it, she's got it all.' I do, but as far as my personal life goes, I really have no idea what the fuck I am doing. So yeah, it's been a very conflicting one. And I just want to say that if you're someone out there who has no idea what this next chapter is going to bring, you're not alone in that."

2. Lady Gaga wrote an op-ed for World Mental Health Day that called for more awareness and resources.

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"We can no longer afford to be silenced by stigma or stymied by misguided ideas that portray these conditions as a matter of weakness or moral failing," she wrote. "Research shows there is a fourfold return on investment for every dollar spent on treating depression and anxiety, the most common mental health conditions, making spending on the issue a great investment for both political leaders and employers, in addition to generating savings in the health sector."

The whole letter, cowritten with Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is the director-general of the World Health Organization, is worth a read.

3. Gina Rodriguez talked about coming to terms with her Hashimoto's disease, which used to feel like "the curse of a lifetime."

4. Gabrielle Union revealed that she was diagnosed with adenomyosis after a long history of fertility troubles.

5. Gisele Bündchen opened up about having panic attacks and suicidal thoughts.

6. Kristen Bell passed on some advice for anyone who, like her, deals with anxiety and depression.

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In this video she recorded for the Child Mind Institute's #MyYoungerSelf campaign, Bell reminded fans that things are never as perfect as they look on Instagram or TV or in magazines.

"Don't be fooled by this game of perfection that humans play," she said. "They strive for a certain aesthetic, and everything looks so beautiful and people don't seem like they have any problems. Everyone's human. Everyone has problems. Everyone feels yucky on the inside sometimes. You deserve to feel just as beautiful on the days on the days you wear no makeup, and the days you don't shower, and the days you feel like you're depressed."

7. Ryan Reynolds — actual superhero — proved anxiety can affect anyone.

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In an interview with the New York Times, Reynolds was candid about the anxiety he's dealt with his whole life. "I have anxiety, I’ve always had anxiety," he said. "Both in the lighthearted ‘I’m anxious about this’ kind of thing, and I’ve been to the depths of the darker end of the spectrum, which is not fun."

8. Demi Lovato continued being transparent about her journey with addiction, opening up to fans on Instagram after she overdosed in July.

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9. Jessi J shared details of her fertility troubles on Instagram after revealing on stage during a concert that she's not able to have children.

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10. Nick Jonas reflected on the Type 1 diabetes diagnosis he received 13 years ago

On the right is me now. Happy & healthy. Prioritizing my physical health, working out, eating healthy & keeping my blood sugar in check. I have full control of my day to day life with this disease & I’m so grateful to my family & loved ones who have helped every step of the way.

11. Lena Dunham revealed she is now sober after misusing the anti-anxiety meds she was prescribed after being diagnosed with PTSD.

12. Alyson Stoner opened up on Instagram about dealing with depression, anxiety, and an eating disorder — and the importance of trying to love herself at every phase.

13. Selma Blair revealed her multiple sclerosis diagnosis in an emotional Instagram post.

14. Claire Foy talked about how she's struggled with paralyzing anxiety since childhood.

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“When you have anxiety, you have anxiety about — I don’t know — crossing the road,” she told The Guardian Weekend magazine. “The thing is, it’s not related to anything that would seem logical. It’s purely about that feeling in the pit of your stomach, and the feeling that you can’t, because you’re ‘this’ or you’re ‘that’. It’s my mind working at a thousand beats a second, and running away with a thought.”

15. Karamo Brown posted a video discussing his past suicide attempt on Instagram and also gave words of hope.

16. Marcia Cross revealed on Instagram that she had anal cancer, but reassured fans she's "all good now."

17. Carrie Underwood shared that she had three miscarriages in the past two years.

18. Nicole Kidman opened up about the miscarriages she had during her marriage to Tom Cruise.

19. Michelle Williams, who is very open about dealing with depression, shared that she sought help from a mental health facility.

20. FKA Twigs revealed on Instagram she had six fibroid tumors removed from her uterus this year.

21. Pete Davidson, who has borderline personality disorder, talked about his experiences with suicidal ideation.

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"I’ve been in and out of mental health facilities since I was 9," he said in an interview with Variety. "I tried to drown myself in the pool when I was in the fourth or fifth grade. I was trying to get my head stuck in the ladder in the deep end, so I would not be able to get up."

22. Alyssa Milano talked about her generalized anxiety disorder, which she says was likely triggered by her postpartum depression.

23. Willow Smith talked about her history of self-harm as a preteen.

24. Halsey, who has endometriosis, talked about the devastating on-stage miscarriage she had in the middle of a concert.

25. Mariah Carey shared her experience with bipolar II disorder, which she was first diagnosed with in 2001.

26. Dwayne Johnson shed more light on his experience with depression, including witnessing his mother's suicide attempt when he was 15.

27. Letitia Wright talked about the stigma associated with mental health, especially in the black community, and how her faith helped her heal.

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“In the black community, it’s something that happens, but we don't speak about it," she told Teen Vogue. “I speak boldly about [depression] because I struggled with it and I tried to find different ways [to heal], and it just didn't work. I had to look deeper to find what could hold me, and I found that what held me together was my relationship with Jesus and my relationship with God.”

28. Wendy Williams shared on her talk show that she was recently diagnosed with diagnosed with Graves' disease.

Sh said her thyroid had been "all cattywampus," and announced she would be taking a short leave of absence from her show in order to concentrate on her health.

29. Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who opened up about her breast cancer diagnosis in September of last year, celebrated the latest step of her journey with a post-op photo.

Hoorah! Great doctors, great results, feeling happy and ready to rock after surgery. Hey cancer, “Fuck you!” Here’s my first post op photo.

30. Selena Gomez discussed how she thinks her depression and anxiety will be a lifelong battle.

31. Michael Phelps opened up about how he contemplated suicide at the height of his career.

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"I was very good at compartmentalizing things and stuffing things away that I didn't want to talk about, I didn't want to deal with, I didn't want to bring up. I just never ever wanted to see those things," he said at the fourth annual conference of the Kennedy Forum, a behavioral health advocacy group, according to CNN. "That's the reason why suicide rates are going up — people are afraid to talk and open up."

32. Evanna Lynch talked about how the world of Harry Potter helped her through her eating disorder.

33. Michelle Obama talked about her past issues with infertility, including going through a miscarriage and in vitro fertilization (IVF) before conceiving her daughters.

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"I felt lost and alone and I felt like I failed because I didn't know how common miscarriages were," she told ABC News, continuing that they're not talked about enough. "We sit in our own pain thinking that, somehow, we're broken."

34. Chrissy Teigen continued to speak openly about experiencing late-onset postpartum depression.

35. Tia Mowry wrote an op-ed about her experience with endometriosis — and how she wants more black women to speak out about it.

36. Jamie Lee Curtis opened up about hiding an opioid addiction for 10 years.

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"I was ahead of the curve of the opiate epidemic,” she told PEOPLE. "I had a 10-year run, stealing, conniving. No one knew. No one. Getting sober remains my single greatest accomplishment. Bigger than my husband, bigger than both of my children and bigger than any work, success, failure. Anything."

37. Sarah Hyland, who was born with kidney dysplasia, discussed her first and second kidney transplants, as well as having to go through months of dialysis.

What celebs did you appreciate opening up about their mental and physical health this year?

If you are thinking about suicide or just need to talk to someone, you can speak to someone by calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) and or by texting HOME to 741741, the Crisis Text Line. And here are suicide helplines outside the US.