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30 Famous People With Anxiety (Social & Generalized)

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental disorders in the US. According to statistics, about 40 million Americans experience an anxiety disorder every year.

The five major types of anxiety disorders are:

List Of 30 Famous People With Anxiety

#1 KeshaKesha

The American singer and actress told Billboard in 2016:

“I’ve battled a lot of things, including anxiety and depression. Finding the strength to come forward about those things is not easy.”

Kesha went on to say:

“But maybe, by telling my story, I can help someone else going through tough times.”

#2 Kim KardashianKim Kardashian

In 2016, the reality TV star talked about her anxiety:

“I definitely get a lot more anxiety now, just with people knowing your every move.”

#3 Prince HarryPrince Harry

After his mother’s death, Prince Harry experienced panic attacks. He explained:

“In my case, every single time I was in any room with loads of people, which is quite often, I was just pouring with sweat, my heart beating—boom, boom, boom, boom—literally, just like a washing machine.”

#4 Chrissy TeigenChrissy Teigen

In a personal essay published in Glamour in 2017, the American model wrote:

“Every step I take feels a little shaky. It’s such a weird feeling that you wouldn’t know unless you have really bad anxiety … you feel like everyone is looking at you.”

#5 Gina RodriguezGina Rodriguez

During an interview, actress Rodriguez confessed:

“I suffer from anxiety. And watching this clip I could see how anxious I was but I empathize with myself.”

Gina later added:

“I wanted to protect her and tell her it’s OK to be anxious, there is nothing different or strange about having anxiety and I will prevail.”

#6 Emma StoneEmma Stone

Stone had panic disorder and generalized anxiety disorder. During an interview for ABC, the American actress described her first panic attack:

“I was sitting at a friend’s house and all of a sudden I was absolutely convinced that the house was on fire.”

Emma continued:

“I was just sitting in her bedroom and obviously the house wasn’t on fire but there was nothing in me that didn’t think I was going to die.”

#7 Selena GomezSelena Gomez

In the past, Selena talked about her mental health:

“My self-esteem was shot. I was depressed, anxious. I started to have panic attacks right before getting onstage, or right after leaving the stage.”

#8 Ryan ReynoldsRyan Reynolds

The American actor said for NY Times:

“Both in the lighthearted ‘I’m anxious about this’ kind of thing, and I’ve been to the depths of the darker end of the spectrum, which is not fun.”

#9 Oprah WinfreyOprah Winfrey

During an interview, Oprah confessed:

“I will tell you when I realized that I thought, ‘All right, if I don’t calm down I’m gonna be in serious trouble.’”

Winfrey added:

“I was in the middle of doing voiceovers, you know? And I remember closing my eyes in between each page because looking at the page and the words at the same time was too much stimulation for my brain.”

#10 Rick AnkielRick Ankiel

The American former professional baseball center fielder had severe anxiety. He said:

“For anyone who hasn’t had it happen to them, they don’t understand how deep and how dark it is.”

Ankiel went on to say:

“It’s this ongoing battle with your own brain. You know what you want to do—in your heart. But your body and brain won’t let you do it.”

#11 Lili ReinhartLili Reinhart

In a 2017 interview for Glamour, Lili open-up about her anxiety:

“I have social anxiety, and it developed when I was a kid. I had trouble going to birthday parties.”

Lili continued:

“It was always there. I begged my mom to let me be home-schooled at one point for a semester because I was so miserable at school.”

#12 AdeleAdele

Singer-songwriter Adele used to regularly suffered from anxiety attacks. She detailed:

“I’m scared of audiences. One show in Amsterdam I was so nervous, I escaped out of the fire exit.”

Adele also said:

“I’ve thrown up a couple of times. Once in Brussels, I projectile-vomited on someone. I just gotta bear it. But I don’t like touring. I have anxiety attacks a lot.”

#13 Charlamagne Tha God

Charlamagne Tha God
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 The American radio presenter said about his battle with anxiety:

“I have had anxiety literally my whole life. When you’re young and running the streets, you think all of that paranoia and anxiousness comes with the territory.”

Charlamagne continued:

“As you get older, when you’re damn near 40, and life is good and you still have those feelings…that’s when you know something is wrong.”

#14 Jay Mohr

Jay Mohr
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The actor confessed about his anxiety in his 2004 memoir:

“Speaking from a panic and alcoholic point of view, personally — we want to fix things ourselves.” 

Jay also wrote:

“But because it’s your brain, it’s embarrassing to reach out — which is absurd. The manliest thing you can do is ask someone for help.”

#15 Zayn Malik

Malik said in an interview:

“When I was in One Direction, my anxiety issues were huge but, within the safety net of the band, they were at least manageable.”

#16 Michael Phelps

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The most successful and most decorated Olympian of all time declared in a 2018 statement on his partnership with the therapy app Talkspace:

“Throughout my career, I struggled with depression and anxiety at various times, and I found it so difficult to get the help I needed.”

#17 John GreenJohn Green

In a 2017 video posted to his YouTube channel, Green said:

“You can’t really see or hear psychic pain, and it’s difficult to describe without simile or metaphor.”

#18 Clark GreggClark Gregg

In a 2018 interview, Clark Gregg said that he manages his anxiety with cognitive behavioral therapy. He said:

“I find it calming to know that wherever I am, I don’t have to wonder if I have a pill nearby; I just know I can do these exercises, and it’s going to become manageable.”

#19 Ariana Grande

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In 2018, Grande tweeted:

“I felt like I was floating for like 3 months last year & not in a nice way. like I outside my body? was v scary and I couldn’t breathe well. so it’s ab that. & lots of voices in my head singin.”

#20 Big SeanBig Sean

He opened up about his anxiety on his Instagram account:

“I was blessed enough to talk to some super-spiritual people. They made me realize one thing I was missing in my life, and the one thing I was missing was clarity.”

#21 Jesse EisenbergJesse Eisenberg

In a Facebook video for the Child Mind Institute, actor Eisenberg said:

“It’s not the worst thing in the world to have those feelings, even though it might feel like the worst thing in the world.”

#22 Royce WhiteRoyce White

In the past, Royce battled with anxiety. He declared in 2013:

“People ask me about anxiety—I tell them to get diagnosed and get help.”

White went on to say:

“You can’t just take Tylenol to deal with it. Being able to be level with people, being honest about your problem – that is a huge help.”

#23 Lena DunhamLena Dunham

In 2017, Dunham said for Vogue:

“I don’t remember a time not being anxious.”

#24 Lady Gaga

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She suffered from depression and anxiety her whole life. Lady Gaga explained:

“I’ve suffered through depression and anxiety my entire life, I still suffer with it every single day.”

#25 Carson DalyCarson Daly

In 2018, American television host Carson Daly talked about his struggle with anxiety in an interview with Hollywood Reporter:

“My father died when I was 5. I had an ulcer when I was in high school. I’ve been nervous my whole life.”

Carson continued:

“My very first panic attack happened — and, by the way, I had no idea what it was at the time — when I was a host at MTV.”

#26 Chris EvansChris Evans

Actor Chris Evans said in an interview while promoting Captain America:

“I struggle with anxiety sometimes, especially when promoting films like this.”

Chris later added:

“Just the life of doing what I do, being in the public eye, it’s a stressful environment.”

#27 Rachel BloomRachel Bloom

She once said:

“I have anxiety about anxiety, then I worry the anxiety will ruin my life. It’s a snake-eats-tail loop.”

#28 Demi LovatoDemi Lovato

 American singer Demi Lovato used to struggle with anxiety. She detailed:

“I think the more people vocalize what they’re going through — their experience or just simply educating themselves so that they can learn more about what they’re talking about — that’s going to be the key to creating a conversation about mental illness and making it more understood.”

#29 Jennifer LawrenceJennifer Lawrence

In a 2013 interview, Lawrence said:

“When I started school, the light went out. It was never known what it was, a kind of social anxiety.” 

#30 Kristen Bell

In 2016, Bell talked about dealing with mental illness:

“I was at New York University, I was paying my bills on time, I had friends and ambition — but for some reason, there was something intangible dragging me down.”

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