Celebrities who suffer from anxiety disorders

Anxiety is a disorder that can affect anyone and it is not uncommon. The reality is that more than 40 million of adult Americans suffer from some type of anxiety and some celebrities are among those people. Here is a closer look at the starts who struggle with the disorder.

Kim Basinger








Kim Basinger’s struggle with anxiety disorders began when she was a child. She suffers from social anxiety, panic disorder, and agoraphobia. The actress has been very open about her experiences with anxiety disorders, and she appeared in the HBO’s documentary Panic: A Film about Coping, hoping to raise awareness for the spectrum of these disorders. To treat her condition, Basinger turned to psychotherapeutic methods. Although she feels the condition has improved, she still notes that she has some instances of panic.

Emma Stone








Emma may be one of the most popular young women in movies today, but she also dealt with numerous panic attacks to the point where she developed agoraphobia. While most people get panic attacks in their 20’s, Stone got her first panic attack in her youth. Today, she says she still deals with panic attacks once in a while, but has found that she’s developed healthy coping strategies to deal with them.

Johnny Depp

The World Premiere of Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer Films' "The Lone Ranger"







Johnny Depp’s struggles with his panic disorder are well-known, as he talks about it in numerous interviews. Depp has access to therapists at all times, including on movie sets, to help talk to him and advise him on how to control anxiety when it strikes. These professionals can help him change his way of thinking so he is able to get through the day.

Jennifer Lawrence








“I’m always just very nervous. I never feel like, ‘I’ve got this.’ I’m always very nervous and aware of how quickly people can hate you and that scares me. I never feel like I’m on top of it or I know what I’m doing…so, no. I never get a big head, I just get more and more anxious.” – Jennifer told E! News.

Amanda Seyfried

19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards - Arrivals







Amanda has admitted to getting therapy sessions to be able to handle panic anxiety attacks that’s been caused by her rise on fame. She says she especially gets these attacks whenever she has upcoming premiers or interviews. The actress is taking Lexapro, a drug used to treat panic disorders.

Robert Pattinson








In an interview, Robert Pattinson said: “I get a ton of anxiety, right up until the second I get out of the car to the event, when suddenly it completely dissipates. But up until that moment I’m a nut case. Body dysmorphia, overall tremendous anxiety. I suppose it’s because of these tremendous insecurities that I never found a way to become egotistical. I don’t have a six-pack and I hate going to the gym. I’ve been like that my whole life. I never want to take my shirt off. I’d prefer to get drunk.”

Whoopi Goldberg








Whoopi suffered from aerophobia (fear of flying) for years. Before recent treatment, Goldberg would travel only by bus, train, or car in order to get from one end of the country to the other. Her fear of flying was the result of witnessing a mid-air collision between two planes more than 30 years ago.

Olivia Munn








Olivia has an anxiety disorder that not many people are familiar with. This is where she rips out her eyelashes by just using her fingers. Olivia even revealed that her social anxiety affects her when she goes out to parties and social occasions. She explained that when going to a party recently, she simply stood outside because she didn’t want to go in alone.

Nicole Kidman








To deal with her anxiety at film premieres, Nicole Kidman instructs her bodyguards to give her enough space to move freely so that she can still feel in control. She said: “I panic in front of all the cameras. My hands start shaking and I have trouble breathing.”

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One response to “Celebrities who suffer from anxiety disorders”

  1. Dereck says:

    I would never have thought that people with such brilliant careers being famous and on various interviews all the time have panic in front of cameras and many people, or panic before the upcoming interview. This is something you would never expect form an idol you enjoy watching movies with. For us, simple, people this would have been panic, but these celebrities face it daily and still panic. Well, what can I tell they cope very well with it either with our without professional physiological help.