5 Disney Channel Stars Who Have Suffered from Anxiety or Depression
They may have led–or still lead–perfect lives on TV, but the reality of these five Disney Channel stars are a lot more than meets the eye. But instead of keeping their personal issues out of the spotlight, they decided to open up about their experience not just for their own benefit, but for the others who are going through it as well. Read on to find out what Selena Gomez, Rowan Blanchard, Demi Lovato, Dove Cameron, and Miley Cyrus have to say about having anxiety or depression and how they felt about it. (via teen.com)
Selena Gomez (Wizards of Waverly Place, Wizards of Waverly Place The Movie, Princess Protection Program)
"I've discovered that anxiety, panic attacks and depression can be side effects of lupus, which can present their own challenges," Selena said in an exclusive statement she shared with People when she announced that she will be taking a break from work. "I know I am not alone by sharing this, I hope others will be encouraged to address their own issues," she added.
Rowan Blanchard (Girl Meets World, Invisible Sister)
"As I found myself, this year in particular, going through ups and downs with depression, I realized that instead of rejecting and ostracizing these teenage feelings (human feelings), I can learn to love the intensity of them and know that everything is momentary," Rowan said in her year-end reflective essay, which she posted on her Instagram.
Demi Lovato (Sonny With a Chance, Camp Rock, Princess Protection Program)
"I've actually had anxiety to the point where I've felt drugged. I actually ended up having problems with my thyroid because I was so stressed out and so anxious at times in my life. I remember one time I actually went to the hospital because I physically felt like I had been drugged; I was having an anxiety attack.
"On a day-to-day basis if I get anxiety, I just need to take a couple deep breaths because sometimes I feel like I can't catch my breath. Sometimes I'll get very shaky and very scattered. You know restless leg syndrome? It's like restless body syndrome," Demi shared with Huffington Post.
Dove Cameron (Liv & Maddie, Descendants)
"[Having anxiety] has made me that much more disciplined in my thoughts. So it has been a blessing in disguise... it's not about hiding it. It's about genuinely embracing, acknowledging, and managing it. I could never fake happiness!" Dove replied to a series of tweets by a follower asking if she ever had anxiety.
Miley Cyrus (Hannah Montana, Hannah Montana The Movie)
"I would have anxiety attacks. I'd get hot flushes, feel like I was about to pass up or throw up. It would happen a lot before shows, and I'd have to cancel. Then the anxiety started coming from anxiety. I would be with my friends, thinking, I should be having so much fun. You get in this hole that seems like you're never going to be able to get out of," Miley said in an interview with Marie Claire.
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When everything around you suddenly turns dark, the first thing we'd prolly do, as humans, is to find and grab anything that is closest and nearest to us. We'll hold onto them for as long as we can, trying to collect ourselves and gather courage to adjust our eyesights to the pitch black environment that's consuming us minute by minute. And then you'd hear nothing. Your sense of hearing would somehow go off after not seeing anything for quite awhile. You'll let loose. Cry. Panic. You'll be exhausted for fighting your way out. Then just when you're about to stop and give up, you're no longer afraid. There's only this deafening silence and pithole of darkness that's gonna eat you up alive. And surprisingly, you'll make a home out of it.
You'll make a home out of the darkness that when a ray of light suddenly hits you, you'll try to avoid it. You'll try to cover your eyes. You'll try to cover your ears from the voices trying to help you get out of it. You'll try to hide because your mind and body will go against your will to come out and live. Because the darkness that used to scare you, now comforts you in a way you thought has helped you survived life. And you'll try to live. Day by day. In the darkness. Not knowing where to go. Not knowing where to start. Not knowing who is with you. You will try to live until the darkness that once surrounds you is now within you. And everyday, it's gonna be a cycle of subtle torture. But let me tell you a secret. The darkness won't make you whole.
You'll be broken. And in those hair-like cracks, the light will stubbornly fight its way through until it warms you up. Until you realize to check the switch and turn it on. Until you allow other people to help you find your way back in the light. Until you realize you're ready to live in light again. There's a light at the end of this long and dreading tunnel. The only question that matters: will you let them in?
I always thought of life, like a bead where each piece makes it worth sewing together with other piece of beads to make a stronger bond and to create a beautiful result. Today, how do we bond well with different people especially this difficult time? As this day challenges us to a new normal, may we continue to bead along positively with our life.