It's hard to talk about your problems, but sometimes, someone else breaking the ice can help. And despite one in five Americans suffering from a diagnosable mental illness, this is a topic which many feel uncomfortable facing.


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These celebrities have all publicly admitted that they have mental health issues, have sought help, and want those who also suffer from similar problems to seek treatment.

Are you surprised by any of these revelations? Are any of them particularly inspiring?

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#1 Elen Degeneres, Depression

Elen Degeneres, Depression

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KellyKilbride 10 months ago

i watched the Ellen show (sitcom) before she came out. I enjoyed it the first couple years. then Arye Gross left, it started to slide. THEN, she came out, and any semblance of humor left the show. I have no homophobia at all, close family member who is gay, another who is transgender. I quit watching because it wasn't funny and every single episode revolved around Ellen being gay. Ellen needs to face it, she didn't lose her show because of coming out of the closet, she lost it because her sexual orientation became her only focus and topic.

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#2 Leonardo DiCaprio, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Leonardo DiCaprio, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

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LoriWilson 10 months ago

This explains a LOT with who he is as an actor and why he nails every performance. OCD will cause you to strive for no less than perfect, even when you don't even want to be. Damn.

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#3 J. K. Rowling, Depression

J. K. Rowling, Depression

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PaulienZwiers 10 months ago

The feeling dementors give people is based on the feelings you have whilst suffering from depression.

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#4 Hayden Panettiere, Postpartum Depression

Hayden Panettiere, Postpartum Depression

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gaz 10 months ago

The cause is wide and varied. Hormones can play a part in a few cases but is rarely the main part. It's very complicated and a wide variety of approaching the cause requires monitoring and support.

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#5 Jared Padalecki, Depression

Jared Padalecki, Depression

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AlexzandraBotello 10 months ago

You gotta always keep fighting. You'll make it through. In the end it's worth it♡

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#6 Carrie Fisher, Bipolar I Disorder

Carrie Fisher, Bipolar I Disorder

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VeronicaVatter 10 months ago

This is so true. And worse when you're manic it seems fun and like people love you. And when you're down, its like they all talk behind your back.

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#7 Brad Pitt, Depression

Brad Pitt, Depression

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Ruellen 10 months ago

exactly - "couldn't wait to get home and hide out".

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#8 Adam Levine, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Adam Levine, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

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MarjoKolehmainen 10 months ago

Adhd is NOT mental illness!

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#9 Demi Lovato, Bipolar Disorder

Demi Lovato, Bipolar Disorder

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RichWillson 10 months ago

I love my fellow bipolar's we be a bunch of fun, about half of the time..

#10 Jim Carrey, Depression

Jim Carrey, Depression

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DariaB 10 months ago

Interesting and sad how comedians are the ones to end up with depression. It's like they sacrifice their own happiness and mental well-being for ours...

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#11 Elton John, Bulimia

Elton John, Bulimia

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Debs 10 months ago

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Really?????

#12 Jon Hamm, Depression

Jon Hamm, Depression

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#13 Angelina Jolie, Depression

Angelina Jolie, Depression

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KarinParker 10 months ago

I would like to know what it is - can you help?

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#14 Gwyneth Paltrow, Postpartum Depression

Gwyneth Paltrow, Postpartum Depression

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JoanneBenzenhafer 10 months ago

What is on her lap? Very strange...

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#15 Catherine Zeta-Jones, Bipolar II Disorder

Catherine Zeta-Jones, Bipolar II Disorder

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TeriElliott 10 months ago

I too have bipolar ll. And when Catherine Zeta-Jones went public with her struggle she really inspired me to talk about and help educate people about the ups and down of this sometimes debilitating disease. I commend her. She's an inspiration for people like me

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