7 Mental Health Success Stories

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David-BeckhamBecause mental health feels like such a private struggle, it’s inspiring to hear success stories about others who have overcome mental illness. Recently, more high-profile individuals have started sharing their own mental health struggles with the world as encouragement for others.

1. David Beckham—Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

OCD is characterized as having obsessive thoughts or feelings that cause repetitive, compulsive behavior. Soccer star David Beckham says he’s come to terms with his need for these routines. OCD treatment options include medication and outpatient programs.

2. Missy Elliott—Anxiety Disorder

Missy Elliott recently revealed that her anxiety disorder is more than just nerves, and interferes with daily life. Anxiety disorders can be treated through outpatient behavioral or relaxation therapy.

3. Sarah Silverman—Depression

Sarah Silverman has been open about her struggles with depression, which is characterized by intense feelings of hopelessness and other symptoms. Medication and counseling can help.

4. Johnny Depp—Social Anxiety Disorder

Social anxiety disorder is having an overwhelming and unreasonable fear of social situations, something Johnny Depp faces often in his acting career. Treatment includes therapy sessions in which the fear is desensitized.

5. Keris Myrick—Schizoaffective Disorder

This disorder is a combination of schizophrenia and mood disorders like OCD or depression. High-profile executive Keris Myrick has had success using medication to alleviate her symptoms of this illness.

6. Matthew Perry—Drug and Alcohol Addiction

Actor Matthew Perry overcame his prescription drug and alcohol addiction by going through rehabilitation and therapy. As in his case, substance abuse and addiction often stem from underlying, untreated mental health issues like depression.

7. Frank Bruno—Bipolar Disorder

Former boxer Frank Bruno has shared his experience battling bipolar disorder, which includes extreme mood swings that can result in destructive behavior. BPD can be managed through medication and therapy.