How many times have you felt that you’re absolutely alone in the world and there’s no one else who cares about you? Often, right? The truth is that you are not the only one that thinks like that, there are millions of others. We are, as they say, together in our loneliness. So why should movie stars be any different? Why shouldn’t they feel what we do? They are humans too, after all. But it’s another thing to accept and write a book about it, which the 23-year-old actress Keke Palmer did.
Hurled into the spotlight in 2004 at the age of 11 when she bagged the role of Queen Latifah’s niece in Barbershop 2, Palmer has been in the limelight ever since. In fact, she has grown up amidst the chaos, scrutiny, approvals and disapprovals of her fans. And so has her mental health and her tryst with anxiety and depression.
Palmer, in her book, “I Don’t Belong to You: Quiet the Noise and Find Your Voice”, addresses this very important issue of emotional wellness, especially when there are a lot of hopes and expectations riding on an individual; when thinking about oneself or doing something that one wants to do is like betraying others and their expectations; and the continuous feeling of helplessness and being alone, not realizing that a lot of others are going through the same in their lives.
Mental illness needs a voice
Finding answers to her anxiety and depression in therapy and meditation, Palmer is today in a place where she is comfortable talking about herself. She feels that as a celebrity, it is important for her to talk about mental health, because she can reach out to those struggling with this in a way very few can.
Palmer is, in fact, now a part of an ever-increasing list of celebrities who have chosen to speak publicly about mental health and to start a discussion about the disorders and the negative stereotypes and biases attached to these.
Some of the stars who have opened up about their fight with mental illnesses in the recent past and who have shared their experiences with the world, in the hope of being able to reach out to and impact the lives of others surrounded by similar darkness in their lives, include the following:
- Kesha spoke about her struggle with mental health while accepting the Trailblazer Award
- Ryan Reynolds spoke about his anxiety issues during the filming of Deadpool
- Fashion star and Model Cara Delevingne has often tweeted about her struggle with depression
- Lady Gaga has spoken about her fight with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Selena Gomez has been quite vocal about her anxiety, panic attacks and bouts of depression
- Demi Lovato has come out in the open about her eating disorders and self-inflicted harms
- Gwyneth Paltrow spoke about postpartum depression after the birth of her son
- Catherine Zeta-Jones opened up about her bipolar disorder in her interview with People magazine
- Sia expressed concern over her drug and alcohol addiction, depression and suicidal tendency
- Jim Carrey took Prozac for a long time to battle his depression
This openness about mental health on the part of stars and famous personalities is not only refreshing, but is also effective and crucial to remove the stigma associated with mental disorders.
Road to recovery
Though you are not alone in your fight against mental illness, it would be good to have professional support to aid you in recovery. If you or your loved one is struggling with mental illness, you can contact Sovereign Health for evidence-based treatment programs. You can chat online with our treatment advisors to know more about our state-of-the-art anxiety treatment centers in California. Alternately, you can also call our 24/7 helpline number 866-973-7164 for expert advice on our tailor-made mental health programs in California.