Nearly 1 in 5 Americans suffers from mental illness in the United States, according to an article in Newsweek. Fortunately, mental illness is becoming a less stigmatized topic in the media, thanks in part to celebrities who openly discuss their own struggles in this arena. Several celebrities have recently begun to talk about their experiences with anxiety and depression and explained which courses of action personally helped them to work through it.
Full House actress Andrea Barber, who plays quirky and lovable Kimmy Gibbler, told InStyle about her struggle with anxiety and seasonal depression, which worsened after the end of her 10-year marriage. After trying several different solutions, the star concluded that the one which helped her the most was running. Running releases serotonin in the brain, a neurotransmitter which contributes to happiness. It is widely believed that those with a serotonin deficit are more likely to experience depression and poor brain health.
Zayn Malik, a singer who broke from One Direction to pursue a solo career, suffers from panic attacks before performing in front of large crowds. Malik’s girlfriend, Gigi Hadid, has encouraged the singer to take time off to improve the singer’s health.
Marcus King, 21-year old leader of The Marcus King Band, whose unique vocals have contributed to the band’s large following, suffers from social anxiety. King told The Spokesman-Review, that music and performing has helped him to overcome his anxiety- he doesn’t let it keep him from doing what he loves and pushes him out of his comfort zone.
Disney Channel actress, Dove Cameron, who starred in Descendants and Liv and Maddie turned to Twitter to discuss how her experiences with anxiety have ultimately made her a better person. The star tweeted that activities like journaling, exercise, and self-reflection have helped her to deal with anxiety.
Lena Dunham, creator and actress of the angst-ridden TV show, Girls, suffers from anxiety. Dunham took to Instagram to tell fans that exercise helped her with anxiety “in ways I never dreamed possible.” Dunham went on to say that excercise not about how you look, but how it affects the brain.
Though each person is unique and has his or her own coping mechanisms for anxiety and depression, poor brain health is a solvable issue which often contributes to these conditions. Serotonin is an example of a neurotransmitter present in a healthy brain. It can be increased through exercise, healthy foods, and personalized supplements. Take MindWhale’s Brain Health Quiz today to assess your personal brain health and meet with nutritionist and biochemist, Nicholas Hundley to create a plan which will improve your brain health to decrease symptoms of depression and anxiety.