Celebri­ties bring awareness to men­tal health issues

The Times Herald (Norristown, PA) - - LOCAL NEWS -

NEW YORK » Dwayne “The Rock” John­son has dis­cussed his bat­tle with de­pres­sion. Mariah Carey re­cently re­vealed she has bipo­lar dis­or­der. Prince Harry said he needed coun­sel­ing to deal with years of grief and anger fol­low­ing the death of his mother, Princess Diana. And “Dead­pool” star Ryan Reynolds has ac­knowl­edged deal­ing with anx­i­ety dis­or­der.

As the stigma sur­round­ing men­tal ill­ness has de­clined in re­cent years, so has the re­luc­tance many have had to dis­cuss their own men­tal health issues, in­clud­ing celebri­ties. It’s be­come the new norm for stars to di­vulge vul­ner­a­bil­i­ties once kept closely guarded.

“I think any­body talk­ing about it will help de-stig­ma­tize it over time, but I think in par­tic­u­lar celebri­ties or sports celebri­ties, if they have a plat­form and they’ve gone through any kind of is­sue with men­tal health, it’s good for them to share their sto­ries, if they’re com­fort­able with it,” John­son said in a re­cent in­ter­view.

“For me as a guy, you know, I strug­gled a long time with not only my bouts of de­pres­sion that I’ve had, but also things that have hap­pened to me early on when I was a teenager, that col­ored me as an adult. But I strug­gled a long time just to ex­press my­self,” he said.

Reynolds echoed that sen­ti­ment at the Mon­day premiere of “Dead­pool 2,” where he ex­plained to The As­so­ci­ated Press why he went pub­lic about hav­ing anx­i­ety dis­or­der.

“Talk­ing about it for me has helped in some ways,” Reynolds said. “In this age of toxic mas­culin­ity, there’s a lot of dudes out there that have a ten­dency to sort of bot­tle it up and keep it in, and think that they just sort of — they’ve got to be a tough guy and sol­dier on. But that’s not nec­es­sar­ily true.”

Last year, Prince Harry was lauded for re­veal­ing he sought help to deal with his emotions fol­low­ing his mother’s death when he was a child. He strug­gled with anx­i­ety, grief and rage and said he was close to a break­down

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