Celebrities with Disability and Mental Illness
It matters. The more we see people with disabilities and mental illness, the more normal it becomes. It can also help children who are struggling envision a future for themselves.
Here are celebrities who are helping us smash stigmas for disabilities and mental illness.
Bebe Rexha: The singer and songwriter recently sent out a series of tweets stating that she is bipolar. She also explained how she didn’t understand why she felt so terrible sometimes, but now can attribute it to being bipolar.
Wil Wheaton: Honestly, I never watched him until he was on the Big Bang Theory. But, I love a guy who can poke fun at himself, which he does on the show. He also frequently talks about his chronic depression and anxiety.
Henry Winkler: When I was about 6 years old, my mom got me a “Fonz” t-shirt at our A&P. I remember it was white and had him sitting on a motorcycle saying his classic, “Ayyyyyy.” Yes, I am dating myself. But for many parents younger than me, they may not really know about the Fonz or Henry Winkler. His video about living with dyslexia is a must-see for all kids with the same struggles.
He has also been a very successful author. See the books below.
Other celebrities with dyslexia include: Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightly, Whoopi Goldberg, Steven Spielberg, Jamie Oliver, Keanu Reeves, Jay Leno, Vince Vaughn and Anderson Cooper.
Ryan Reynolds: Yes sir, Deadpool has lived with anxiety his whole life. I found his discussion about life in his 20s very relatable.
Will.I.Am: I love the Black Eyed Peas, and I just love love love the song that he did with Sesame Street a few years ago. Did you know that he is considered to be legally blind? Yep, he is. He is seriously near-sighted and has a condition called nystagmus. He has stated in interviews with magazines that his vision issues made it very difficult for him in school and that is why he turned to music.
Justin Timberlake: Justin Timberlake has stated publicly that he has ADD and OCD and that school was very tough for him. Surely he knows how kids that are experiencing the same feel in school.
Ashley Judd: Ms. Judd is more than an actress and a pretty face. She’s intelligent, has been very outspoken on issues such as women’s issues and global health. She has been outspoken about mental health issues. 1 in 5 Americans will experience a mental illness of some kind, and the Judd family has had their fair share.
Michael Phelps: Michael Phelps was diagnosed with ADHD in elementary school and his mom has been very open about their struggles and their coping strategies. He’s also an outspoken advocate for athletes and their mental health.
Carson Daly: I’m aging myself again, but I remember watching Carson on MTV back in my college days. Who knew he was struggling with GAD just like I was?
Tammy Duckworth: I saw her once in a Congressional building in DC, and I got all silly and fan-girl over her! But I am a huge fan. She is just crushing stereotypes all over the place-mom, senator, veteran.
Kevin Love: Got an anxious little athlete in your house? We do! So I was thrilled to share this piece from the Cavaliers’ Kevin Love about panic attacks and anxiety. If that’s not enough, check out this article about deaf baseball players.
Daniel Radcliffe: What?!? Harry Potter? Yes, indeed. Our favorite wizard has dyspraxia.
I know that there are many more who I have not included. Maybe someday I’ll make a master list, but that would take too long. It’s estimated that 10-20% of our population lives with a condition of some kind, so I could be listing millions!