I was a little hesitant to use the term “mental disorder” for this article. After all, many people still hear that term and think of Jack Nicholson in “One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest” getting electro-shock therapy or Andre's episodes in “Empire.” As someone who has a few disorders (surprise, surprise), I like learning about people in the same boat; not only does it help me relate to them better, it tells me that I'm not alone. It also helps dispel some of the myths about mental disorders-and boy, there are a lot! To that end, here are a few celebrities who “speak out” about their disorders. I know some of the items and links are long, but they're worth reading.
1. Howie Mandel-OCD
If you meet Howie Mandel on the street, don't try to shake his hand. Either wave or politely nod because many germaphobes find the idea of shaking hands with people they don't know (and sometimes, even people they do know) pretty unsettling. He's been pretty open about how this affects him, which is a good way to use his celebrity to raise awareness about the oft-misunderstood condition. The link above gives more information about the disorder, as does one my articles on AWS (cough, shameless plug, cough).