Celebrity Quotes On Mental Illness

If there’s one thing we learned from the death of Robin Williams, it’s that celebrities have an impact on the publics perception of mental illness. It made people around the world stop for a second and think, It could happen to anybody. There are some quotes from celebrites who have been diagnosed with mental illness, such as Catherine Zeta Jones. And there are quotes from mental health advocates, such as Glenn Close. Here, I present to you, a small sampling of celebrity quotes on mental illness:

“I just felt as though I would never be happy again, and as if I had fallen into a big black hole.” -Brooke Shields

“I just felt as though I would never be happy again, and as if I had fallen into a big black hole.” -Brooke Shields

"A diagnosis is burden enough without being burdened by secrecy and shame." - Jane Pauley

“A diagnosis is burden enough without being burdened by secrecy and shame.” – Jane Pauley

"There is no need to suffer silently and there is no shame in seeking help," -Catherine Zeta-Jones

“There is no need to suffer silently and there is no shame in seeking help,” -Catherine Zeta-Jones

“It was like I had a curse on me. I couldn’t believe how much God was piling on. There was so much death around me.” George Michael

“It was like I had a curse on me. I couldn’t believe how much God was piling on. There was so much death around me.” George Michael

“The lows were absolutely horrible. It was like falling into a manhole and not being able to lift the lid and climb out.” Linda Hamilton

“The lows were absolutely horrible. It was like falling into a manhole and not being able to lift the lid and climb out.” Linda Hamilton

“You know the bad thing about being a survivor... You keep having to get into difficult situations in order to show off your gift.” -Carrie Fisher

“You know the bad thing about being a survivor… You keep having to get into difficult situations in order to show off your gift.” -Carrie Fisher

"Every now and then I hear voices in my head, but not very clear. I can't understand what they are saying. It's a mental illness. I have been diagnosed as a manic  depressive." –Brian Wilson

“Every now and then I hear voices in my head, but not very clear. I can’t understand what they are saying. It’s a mental illness. I have been diagnosed as a manic depressive.” –Brian Wilson

“I have not been an easygoing guy. I think it’s called bipolar manic depression. I’ve got a rich history of that in my family.” Ben Stiller

“I have not been an easygoing guy. I think it’s called bipolar manic depression. I’ve got a rich history of that in my family.” Ben Stiller

"Every pore of you is crying and you don't even understand why or what.  I actually kind of died and got born again as a result of taking the meds and having a chance to, you know, build a life." -Sinéad O'Connor

“Every pore of you is crying and you don’t even understand why or what. I actually kind of died and got born again as a result of taking the meds and having a chance to, you know, build a life.” -Sinéad O’Connor

“You have good days and bad days, and depression’s something that, you know, is always with you.” - Winona Ryder

“You have good days and bad days, and depression’s something that, you know, is always with you.” – Winona Ryder

Mental illness is the last frontier. The gay thing is part of everyday life now on a show like 'Modern Family,' but mental illness is still full of stigma. Maybe it is time for that to change. -Eric McCormack

Mental illness is the last frontier. The gay thing is part of everyday life now on a show like ‘Modern Family,’ but mental illness is still full of stigma. Maybe it is time for that to change. -Eric McCormack

"I always had a dissociative disorder. But I healed from it over the course of 14 years of big-time therapy. But, you know, I mean, everybody's kind of loony now. So I was kind of a pioneer in the mental illness thing, too." -Roseanne Barr

“I always had a dissociative disorder. But I healed from it over the course of 14 years of big-time therapy. But, you know, I mean, everybody’s kind of loony now. So I was kind of a pioneer in the mental illness thing, too.” -Roseanne Barr

"I think our family is like a lot of families. We had no vocabulary for mental illness," -Glenn Close

“I think our family is like a lot of families. We had no vocabulary for mental illness,” -Glenn Close

Are there any in particular that resonate with you? Any that are your favorites?

  6 comments for “Celebrity Quotes On Mental Illness

  1. September 2, 2014 at 22:24

    Great quotes, Bradley. I can identify with almost every single one of them.

    • Bradley
      September 2, 2014 at 22:57

      Good to see you, Rose. Thank you, as always. for your comments

  2. WiL
    September 2, 2014 at 13:55

    I definitely relate to Winona Ryder’s quote. Good days and bad days and the depression is just always kind of there. Yep.

    • Bradley
      September 2, 2014 at 15:15

      Yes. I’ve made similar statements here. Even when things seem to go very well, you can always feel it lurking in the background.

  3. September 2, 2014 at 10:54

    Carrie Fisher’s statement about being a survivor and she has to keep getting into difficult situations to show off her gift made me think about the times depression or hypomania to extremes. I got knocked down a few times and got back up and did it well. Now, of course everyone expects the same immediate results, but this last depression knocked the stuffing out of me.

    I also like Catherine Zeta-Jone’s statement, “There is no need to suffer silently and there is no shame in seeking help,” How I wish this message could be shout out to the world and the world would take notice. So many won’t seek help because of the stigma connected with mental illness.

    Good post.

    • Bradley
      September 2, 2014 at 11:53

      I always connect with Carrie Fisher. She is my bipolar idol. I’ve ordered a couple of her books for my Kindle and someday I’ll get around to reading them. Catherine’s is a great quote and is very similar to Jane Pauley’s.

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