As an estimate over 45 million people in the world suffer from anxiety disorders every year. Anxiety disorders are of many types, such as social anxiety disorder, panic attacks, specific phobias, and generalized anxiety disorder. These disorders are result of serious mental illness and require psychiatric help to cope with. Now, imagine life of a celebrity suffering from social anxiety disorder or is afraid of going into social places and gathering. It’s indeed true for these eight celebrities who suffers from one or another anxiety disorder listed above.
Jonny Depp, a popular American actor and film producer, has won the Golden Globe Award and The Screen Actors Guild award for Best Actor. So, you can imagine how popular he would be. He is, indeed popular, but on the top of that he suffers from social anxiety disorder and coulrophobia. Painted and fake smiles scare him.
Renowned American actor, screenwriter, director, and a stand-up comedian during initial stages of his careers, Woody Allen, was ranked 4th in the list of the top 100 all time comics by Comedy Central. Woody had told BBC how his anxiety-stricken characters are inspired from his real life. Woody accepts prolonged suffering from depression and anxiety.
Howie Mandel, a Canadian comedian, a successful one, is well-known for germaphobia – fear of germs. Never shake hands with people unless he is wearing latex gloves. He shaves his head clean because it makes him feel cleaner and he only uses his own toilet.
Kate Moss, one of the most popular English models and actresses during early 1990’s, was listed in the list of world’s 100 most influential people. In 1992, during a modeling shoot for a Calvin Klein underwear campaign, she reports first experience of anxiety fit. She almost had a nervous breakdown. With help of her friends and doctors, she discovered she was suffering from anxiety.
Emma Stone, an American actress, who made her film debut in the movie ‘Superbad,’ rose to fame in Hollywood in no time. She has won a Golden Globe Award for the best actress. However, she suffers from panic attacks since she was eight. She still experiences panic attacks that virtually freeze her to death, but she has learned to live with it.
Adele Adkins, a famous English singer and songwriter, is the first female in the history to have three singles in the Billboard charts top 10 list at the same time. She often experiences fits of extreme anxiety and finds it hard to face audience. A constant fear that she will run from the stage haunts her.
Kim Basinger, an American actress, singer and former model, winner of a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award, experiences her first panic attack while in a grocery store. She suffers from social anxiety and panic attacks. She had once isolated herself inside her house for six months to escape from her panic attacks.
David Beckham, one of the most popular and celebrated soccer stars, was the highest paid soccer player in 2004 and he was a runner-up for FIFA World Player of the Year twice. He accepts suffering from obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Messed up room and disorganized formation of objects like books, magazines, etc. give him anxiety.