Shawn Mendes, Ariana Grande and More Stars Share Their Experiences With Anxiety

This Mental Health Awareness Week, hear from your favorite stars who have shared their struggles with mental health

By Cassie Esparza Oct 09, 2019 10:00 AMTags
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This Mental Health Awareness Week, you are not alone.

Whether it's anxiety, depression or unwelcome thoughts, there's somebody else out there that has also experienced it first-hand.

Mental illnesses can be incredibly difficult to live with and it can be even harder to ask for help. That's why this week is dedicated to bringing awareness to the inner battles people face every day of their lives.

More than 46 million adults in the United States live with a mental illness—and celebrities are not exempt from experiencing stress, fear and other emotions.

Some of your favorite stars—such as Lady Gaga, Ryan Reynolds and Chrissy Teigen—have opened up about their own struggles with anxiety and used their voices to help erase the stigma around this prevalent issue.

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With their help, opening up about mental health is no longer taboo, but encouraged.

Whether it's taking the stage at an award show or sharing a personal post on Instagram, these celebs have found ways to share their stories. Perhaps these quotes below will inspire you to help others by sharing yours. 

Zayn Malik

"When I was in One Direction, my anxiety issues were huge but, within the safety net of the band, they were at least manageable. As a solo performer, I felt much more exposed, and the psychological stress of performing had just gotten to be too much for me to handle—at that moment, at least. Rather than hiding away, sugar-coating it, I knew I had to put it all out there." —"Pillowtalk" singer to TIME

Demi Lovato

"I've actually had anxiety to the point where I've felt drugged. I actually ended up having problems with my thyroid because I was so stressed out and so anxious at times in my life. I remember one time I actually went to the hospital because I physically felt like I had been drugged; I was having an anxiety attack." —"Confident" singer to The Huffington Post

Rachel Bloom

"Here's what people can't see: During a spiral, the world feels dark. I have anxiety about anxiety, then I worry the anxiety will ruin my life. It's a snake-eats-tail loop. But in opening up to others, I found a lot of people have felt the same way." —Crazy Ex-Girlfriend actress to Glamour

Busy Philipps

"You can get trapped in these cycles of anxiety, and as soon as you give voice to your fears, you alleviate their pain and pressure. Now, when I'm going through things, I remember to talk about them. I don't want to be a pretty girl wearing an anxiety necklace. I'd be remiss if I didn't talk about my anxiety in a real way." —Busy Tonight host to Parents

Ryan Reynolds

"I tend to get pretty depressed and I have some issues with anxiety and things like that. [I exercise every day] otherwise, I start to get a little bummed. For me, it is more psychological. Exercise is a means of expelling those demons." —Deadpool star to Mr. Porter Journal

Ariana Grande

"When I got home from tour, I had really wild dizzy spells, this feeling like I couldn't breathe. I would be in a good mood, fine and happy, and they would hit me out of nowhere. I've always had anxiety, but it had never been physical before. There were a couple of months straight where I felt so upside down." —"Thank U, Next" singer to Elle

Selena Gomez

"I've had a lot of issues with depression and anxiety, and I've been very vocal about it, but it's not something I feel I'll ever overcome. There won't be a day when I'm like, 'Here I am in a pretty dress—I won!' I think it's a battle I'm gonna have to face for the rest of my life, and I'm okay with that because I know that I'm choosing myself over anything else." —"Come And Get It" singer to Harper's Bazaar

Carson Daly

"People think, they hear anxiety, anxiety, high-pressure life, you're on television. It's nothing to do with that. I've had heightened anxiety and mild panic attacks at the playground with my own children and wife there, and the feeling was so terrifying and so gripping that I literally had to leave and excuse myself" – TODAY co-host on the show

Chrissy Teigen

"Every step I take feels a little shaky. It's such a weird feeling that you wouldn't know unless you have really bad anxiety…You feel like everyone is looking at you." —Lip Sync Battle host in Marie Claire

Lili Reinhart

"School was a big source of anxiety for me. I hated school. I have social anxiety, and it developed when I was a kid. I had trouble going to birthday parties. It was always there. I begged my mom to let me be home-schooled at one point for a semester because I was so miserable at school." —Riverdale actress to Glamour

Miley Cyrus

"I would have anxiety attacks [as a child star]. I'd get hot flashes, feel like I was about to pass out or throw up. It would happen a lot before shows, and I'd have to cancel. Then the anxiety started coming from anxiety. I would be with my friends, thinking, I should be having so much fun. You get in this hole that seems like you're never going to be able to get out of." —"Slide Away" singer to Marie Claire

Shawn Mendes

"I knew people who had suffered from anxiety and found it kind of hard to understand, but then when it hits you, you're like, ‘Oh my God, what is this? This is crazy.' That song is complete truth and the best thing about it is, it's not all down. The whole reason I wrote this song was to be like, at the end, ‘It's not in my blood to do that.'" —"In My Blood" singer to Beats 1's Zane Lowe

Lady Gaga

"I openly admit to having battled depression and anxiety and I think a lot of people do. I think it's better when we all say: ‘Cheers!' And 'fess up to it." —A Star Is Born actress to Mirror


"I'm scared of audiences. I get sh--ty scared. One show in Amsterdam, I was so nervous I escaped out the fire exit. I've thrown up a couple of times. Once in Brussels, I projectile-vomited on someone. I just gotta bear it. But I don't like touring. I have anxiety attacks a lot." —"Hello" singer to Rolling Stone

Kendall Jenner

"I have such debilitating anxiety because of everything going on that I literally wake up in the middle of the night with full-on panic attacks. Where do I even start? Everything is so horrible, it's hard to name one thing. I just think that the world needs so much love." —Keeping Up With The Kardashians star to Cara Delevingne in Harper's Bazaar