Celebrities often come across as perfect human beings without a care in the world
They look great, travel the world and seem to have an endless supply of material goods, leisure and money.
But money can’t buy happiness.
Despite their success, these celebrities are proof that depression and anxiety can affect anyone – regardless of their social standing or gender.
These celebs have talked candidly about their struggles in the past…
Salamina Mosese recently opened up about her struggle with depression and anxiety. The TV personality told TshisaLive that she has learned how to cope with her depression over the years and seeks treatment if she needs it.
“My depression has been both chemical and emotional, and on and off, I have also dealt with anxiety. Dealing with the emotional scars that are often left behind after an episode of my emotion-induced depression has been a lifelong work for me. But I know my triggers now, I can feel myself drawing in, and over the years I know how to mitigate against it lasting too long.”
Minnie Dlamini appears to have a perfect life. She has a successful career, a handsome husband, and brands falling over their feet to pay her thousands of rands to collaborate with her. But all that glitters is not gold. Minnie revealed last year that she once suffered from depression.
“This picture reminds of such a sad time. I was miserable, depressed, and losing weight like it was carbon dioxide. I still got up and went to work and continued my hustle, no amount of pain was going to stop me from achieving my goals. So I worked harder and smarter. I gave myself moments to cry and moments to fake happiness, until I was finally happy again. I NEVER want to be this skinny again. PS. I honestly believe we go through shit so we can fully appreciate the good,” she wrote on Instagram.
TV presenter Lalla Hirayama took to Twitter in 2017 to tell open up about her battle with panic and anxiety attacks.
“I’ve had multiple panic attacks on air, but I’ve just carried on presenting because the show must go on,” she told Times Live.
Lalla revealed that she would get up to 12 panic attacks a day. She would have trouble breathing and shake uncontrollably. The 30-year-old also revealed that depression as been a big part of her life and urged people not to be afraid to get help.
“Before diagnoses I thought I was being possessed. Suicide was a serious thought. Don’t suffer in silence because of other people’s ignorance,” she told TshisaLIVE.
Rapper iFani has been very open about his battle with depression. He says resentment towards his absent mother resulted in one of his lowest periods in 2013.
“It was a full year of depression. I would only come to life on stage because I was feeding off the audience’s energy. But as I left the stage, I was back to my misery,” he told Drum magazine in 2016. IFani added that his grandmother’s death in 2010 and a car accident also contributed to his depression.
South African comedian Trevor Noah opened up about his struggle with depression, during an interview with DJ Fresh in 2017.
“I think we have a misconception of what it is. So when they say you suffer from depression people think you’re saying you’re just sad all the time. You’re not sad. You know what depression is? Essentially, it will be a chemical thing in your brain where you perceive what is happening to you now to be happening to you forever,” he told Fresh.
The Daily Show host added: “So if you’re having a bad day now or you’re having a bad moment, in your mind you go, ‘it’s forever’. And then you don’t want to wake up, you don’t want to work, you don’t want to live, you don’t want to do anything. It’s like, it’s one of those things where you just deal with it.”
While accepting an award at the Just For Laughs comedy festival, Trevor told the audience he did not know he had depression until he heard comedian Jim Carrey sharing his own story.