7 Celebrities with Anxiety Disorders ...


You would think that celebrities with anxiety disorders would be uncommon; however, it does happen for a few in showbiz. These actors, singers, and talk show hosts are constantly in the spotlight, which can sometimes be overwhelming. Most of them have come to recognize their sufferings and have sought appropriate mental treatment. Let's review some of these celebrities with anxiety disorders.

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Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett Johansson Scarlett Johansson may currently be a kick ass action figure in Hollywood, but she deals with severe nervousness while on movie sets. Sources say that the Black Widow has experienced panic attacks right before filming movies like “The Avengers.” Well, that's understandable because she has big shoes to fill. For the most part, Johansson seems like a pretty calm, laid-back actress who aims to perfect her craft. In her latest superhero movie, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” you would have never been able to detect that she is one of the many celebrities with anxiety disorders.


Despite being a stellar performer, Johansson has spoken candidly about her mental health struggles, emphasizing that fame comes with its own set of challenges. Whether it's prepping for a demanding scene or navigating the pressures of the industry, her honesty about battling anxiety resonates with fans worldwide. Yet, she channels this vulnerability into exceptional performances, making her not only a relatable figure but also an inspiring one for those facing similar battles, proving that strength often lies in the courage to be open about one's challenges.


Howie Mandel

Howie Mandel This “America's Got Talent” TV co-host suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)- which involves a fear of germs. Howie Mandel first revealed this life-long complication to the public in 2009 when he was a host for the game show “Deal or No Deal.” He apparently does not shake hands, nor will he stay in a hotel without first inspecting the room with a black light. Although Mandel feels that there are no cures for his condition, he says that medication, psychotherapy, and knowing that others suffer from the same disorder help him deal with it. He was once quoted saying, "I didn't let ADD/ADHD prevent me from achieving my goals, and neither should you.”


Paula Deen

Paula Deen Southern chef Paula Deen first developed an anxiety disorder in her twenties following the passing of her parents. Agoraphobia is a condition involving a fear of danger. This makes the person fearful of certain situations that may feel detrimental to their well-being. Deen reportedly stayed in the house for weeks out of a fear of dying. Her fear led to extreme panic attacks. After receiving spiritual counseling and undergoing prayer, the chef eventually overcame her anxiety.


Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp Johnny Depp doesn't like to speak on his anxiety often, but the one-time Golden Globe winner normally experiences nerviness while doing interviews on TV. According to the website Beyond Anxiety and Depression, the actor shows signs of anxiety when he appears uncomfortable or shy, causing him to avoid certain interview questions. As relaxed as he may seem to be on screen, some medical experts say it tends to be due to the art of acting. Apparently, Depp keeps therapists on-set with him to help him overcome his anxiety.



Adele One of the greatest English songwriters and performers of our time has constant stage fright. R&B soul singer Adele allegedly suffers from panic attacks and social phobia. Sources say that she feared performing in front of big crowds at the peak of her career in 2011 and 2012. With such a big voice and an enticing stage presence, the 26-year-old could have fooled anyone. However, some assume that the singer may have dealt with issues of anxiety well before her career took flight.


Donny Osmond

Donny Osmond Donny Osmond's anxiety triggers were so bad at times that his colleagues would find him in the “corner of the room, curled up into the fetal position.” Osmond has previously delved into many areas in the entertainment industry, including music, writing a book, and TV and radio hosting. His biggest anxiety developed from his own stardom. The fear of failing himself and others was the most challenging for the former teen idol. Osmond's healing process consisted of seeking medication to control his panic attacks and speaking out about his condition on the Dr. Phil TV show.


Whoopi Goldberg

Whoopi Goldberg Famous actress and TV co-host of “The View,” Whoopi Goldberg, has aerophobia, which is a fear of flying. The actress first developed the phobia 30 years ago when she witnessed two planes collide in mid-air. Riding buses or trains was her ideal transportation. Goldberg has undergone cognitive therapy to help her overcome her fear. However, exposure therapy tends to be more effective in treating extreme anxieties like aerophobia. After enrolling in a flying without fear program, the 58-year-old eventually conquered her fear of being on airplanes.

Anxiety disorders can be easily tolerated with the right professional treatment and the willingness to be a more stable person. As you can see, not even some of your favorite celebrities allow their anxiety disorders to stop them from achieving their dreams. Are there any other celebrities that suffer from some form of anxiety? Can you relate to any of these celebrities listed?

Sources: calmclinic.com, socialworkdegreeguide.com, beyondanxietyanddepression.com, additudemag.com

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Adelaide Kane from Reign

Agoraphobia isn't a fear of dying. It's due to the person perceives certain environments to be dangerous or uncomfortable. Most people that suffer from agoraphobia tend to stay at home because that's their "safe space", and leaving from it ramps up their anxiety levels. I should know because I suffered from agoraphobia for a while and would easily go a month without even going past my front door.

Chris Evans should've been on here with Scarlett : O


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