7 Famous Women You Never Knew Had Anxiety Disorders


Dec 8, 2015

7 Famous Women You Never Knew Had Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety disorders are the most common kind of mental illnesses in the United States that affect over 40 million people.

Variations of anxiety disorders include general anxiety disorder, panic attacks, obsessive compulsive disorder, specific phobias, social anxiety disorder, and post traumatic stress disorder. Those who suffer from anxiety are also more prone to suffering from depression simultaneously. 

"From the time a girl reaches puberty until about the age of 50, she is twice as likely to have an anxiety disorder as a man. Anxiety disorders also occur earlier in women than in men," reports the Anxiety and Depression Association of America on their website. "Women are also more likely to have multiple psychiatric disorders during their lifetime than men."

There are a number of ways to treat anxiety with therapy or medication, and treatments vary among each individual.

But having a mental illness doesn't make anyone less capable of living a normal healthy life, or achieving big goals.

Whether anxiety disorders affect you or a loved one, it's important to know that no one with anxiety is alone. Learn more about how these influential women have dealt with their anxiety disorders (even in the public sphere) by checking out the gallery above. 

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Emma Stone | The actress has stated that she's suffered from panic attacks throughout her life and was finally able to receive treatment for it in her 20s through therapy. In an interview for Vogue, she said: "I was just kind of immobilized by it," she explained. "I didn't want to go to my friends' houses or hang out with anybody, and nobody really understood." Photo Credit: Tim Whitby/WireImage
Scarlett Johansson | While she may look amazing on the red carpet, Johansson may not always feel that way on the inside. The actress has suffered from panic attacks in the past and red carpet events trigger those feelings. She's said that her heart races and sweats the second she steps on.  Photo Credit: Samir Hussein/Getty Images
Barbara Streisand | While the singer has seen many successes throughout her career, she has spoken out about her intense stage fright and anxiety before live performances. During a performance in 1967, Streisand forgot the lyrics to a song and the experience traumatized her so much that she didn't make another live appearance until 1994. She admitted to Oprah Winfrey in an interview that she takes anxiety medication prior to stepping on stage to help her crippling stage fright. Photo Credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images
Adele | The award-winning British singer has also admitted to suffering from panic attacks and stage fright. One thing in particular that helps her get through is all thanks to Beyoncé. The two singers met backstage one day, while Adele was having a full-blown panic attack Beyoncé said to her "You’re amazing! When I listen to you I feel like I’m listening to God."  According to MTV, thile Adele was crying on a balcony she asked herself: "What would [Beyoncé’s alter ego] Sasha Fierce do?' That's when Sasha Carter was born." The composite of Sasha Fierce and late country icon June Carter is pulled out whenever Adele needs to give herself a shot of confidence." Photo Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images
Lena Dunham | The writer, producer, and actress has mentioned OCD on her hit television show "Girls." Dunham also opens up about her personal experiences with OCD, mental disorders and therapy in her book, "Not That Kind of Girl." She's also taken to social media to express her thoughts as well: "To those struggling with anxiety, OCD, depression: I know it's mad annoying when people tell you to exercise, and it took me about 16 medicated years to listen," she wrote in an Instagram post. "I'm glad I did." Photo Credit: Raymond Hall/GC Images
Whoopi Goldberg | The influential actress and co-host of "The View" deals with a specific phobia, she's had an intense fear of flying for many years. She's looked into ways to treat her mental illness such as through therapy and by completing a sponsored airplane course. Then, she discussed her attempt at conquering her fear on "The View." Photo Credit: Mireya Acierto/Getty Images
Jessica Alba | The actress and entrepeneur behind The Honest Company has suffered from OCD since she was a child. When speaking out about it, she's stated that while she's compulsive about many things she believes it helps her do things to the best of her ability.  Photo Credit: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call

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