ByOlivia van der Will, writer at

Celebrities really have it hard sometimes. Their whole lives are documented and followed by press, paparazzi and everything else in between. Sometimes it all gets too much for them and they buckle under the whirlwind of fame. Amazingly, after reaching some of the lowest points in their lives ,they come back fighting. Sometimes people forget that these celebs are just like us with the battles that they face.

These stars have come out onto the other side and are now bravely talking about their struggles to help others.

6. Demi Lovato - Battled an eating disorder and depression

Thankfully she is doing a lot better now, which she proudly told Seventeen Magazine all about.

''I started compulsively overeating at a very young age. And then I almost stopped eating altogether at the age of 12, after being harassed by kids at school, for being "fat." My eating disorder will continue to affect me for the rest of my life, but I'm proud to say that I got the help I needed, and am now the happiest and healthiest I have ever been!''

Demi now wants to help others.

''This is why I'm so proud of my partnership with the Jed Foundation for the Love Is Louder Than the Pressure To Be Perfect Campaign. Through the campaign we encourage everyone to love who they are and embrace their so-called "flaws" that actually make each of us unique.''

5. Robert Downey Jr. - Substance addictions

The Avengers actor told Vanity Fair how he kicked his addictions to the curb and returned to his old life.

“Job one is get out of that cave. A lot of people do get out but don’t change. So the thing is to get out and recognize the significance of that aggressive denial of your fate, come through the crucible forged into a stronger metal. Or whatever.
But I don’t even know if that was my experience. It’s funny: five years ago, I would’ve made it sound like I’m conscious of my own participation in seizing the similarities. But so many things have become less certain. I swear to God. I am not my story.”

4. Emma Stone - Anxiety

The stunning young actress used to suffer from acute anxiety.

''The first time I had a panic attack I was sitting in my friend’s house, and I thought the house was burning down. I called my mom and she brought me home, and for the next three years it just would not stop. I would go to the nurse at lunch most days and just wring my hands. I would ask my mom to tell me exactly how the day was going to be, then ask again 30 seconds later. I just needed to know that no one was going to die and nothing was going to change''

Amazingly, it was acting that saved the day.

“There’s something about the immediacy of acting. You can’t afford to think about a million other things. You have to think about the task at hand. Acting forces me to sort of be like a Zen master: What is happening right in this moment?''

3. Catherine Zeta Jones - Bipolar

This actress is truly inspirational as she wants to help others who are facing the same battle. It was in an interview with The Telegraph that she really opened up.

''Bipolar is something I have been dealing with for a long time. When you get sideswiped like that [with Douglas’s illness] it’s an obvious trigger for your balance to be a little bit off – not sleeping, worry, stress. It’s a classic trigger. I never wanted to be as open about it as I was. I have a British stiff-upper-lip mentality – it wasn’t something I wanted to shout from the rooftops.

But when it did come to light, I know I’m not the only person who suffers with it or has to deal with it on a day-to-day basis. So if I’ve helped anybody by discussing bipolar or depression, that’s great.’'

Catherine has an interesting method for her acting.

''I have this system. I torture my husband and everyone around me with my nerves and anxiety. Then, when I get on stage, the fear is gone. I’ve exhausted myself. It just dissipates.''

2. Zac Efron - Substance addictions

This actor was hurtled into the limelight around the age of 17 when High School Musical pivoted him into the spotlight. He has since battled some substance addictions, but thankfully his head is in a better place these days. In an interview with Hollywood Reporter, he spoke about growing up in the limelight.

"No matter who you are, you face challenges growing up.You go with your things, you learn, you have to. It's impossible to lead an honest and fulfilling life as a man and not make mistakes and 'fess up to them when you need to. But it's especially humiliating when they happen to be so public and so scrutinized.

When you have success young, and you accept the good things, you have to accept all of it. You have to accept the moments of glory but also a great responsibility. And that responsibility, to some degree, involves being a role model. At the same time, I'm a human being, and I've made a lot of mistakes. I've learned from each one."

1. Matthew Perry - Substance addictions

It is is crazy to think that while we were laughing along with the lovable character Chandler on Friends, at the same time the actor was falling apart at the seams. Matthew Perry is mostly a very private person, but fame put a spotlight on his addictions, which he was unable to hide.

''I was on Friends from age 24 to 34. I was in the white-hot flame of fame. The six of us were just everywhere all the time. From an outsider's perspective, it would seem like I had it all. It was actually a very lonely time for me because I was suffering from alcoholism."

For his 46th birthday, Matthew released this inspiring video about his addictions and how he is using his past addictions to help others.


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