Finally, folks are ready to open up about their mental health struggles, and that includes celebrities.
Although therapy has long been stigmatized (and still is to some degree), with the help of some very brave celebs like Demi Lovato, Tyler Posey, and Camila Mendes, it’s finally becoming more normalized.
Personally, therapy has completely changed my life (you can read about it in my recent review of Talkspace), as it has for so many people. Below, a few of our faves make the case for going to talk it out.
“It’s a very British thing ― that idea you should just get on with it, ‘chin up.’ Therapy is seen as a bit self-indulgent, a bit soft. But therapy and medication have helped me immeasurably.”
“The best thing about it is getting it all out there. Whatever you have on your chest it just feels really good to talk to somebody who you have no ties to … so I think therapy is great. I think everyone should try it out.”
“I’ve done [therapy] a couple of times, more than a couple of times, but it’s great. The experience that I have is that once you start talking about it, you suddenly realize that actually you’re part of quite a big club, and everybody’s gagging to talk about it.”
“Therapy helped me realize that maybe it’s okay for me to communicate my feelings. Instead of literally stuffing them down with food, maybe it’s okay for me to express myself.”
“Three of your brothers are dead and your mother used to beat you. You need help. Someone needs to talk you through why you’re feeling these feelings.”
“I take care of my mental health. It’s definitely something that I prioritize. I see a therapist two days a week, I reach out to people whenever I’m struggling with something.”
“I think [counseling] is really important and we always love going and feel so much better after. I think everyone should go. People are like, ‘It’s so expensive and this or that,’ but that’s more important than buying clothes or a handbag or shoes. It’s your life.”
“Therapy is not something to be embarrassed about. I have no shame in [taking antidepressants] because my mum had said if you start to feel this way, talk to your doctor, talk to a psychologist and see how you want to help yourself.
“I had gone to therapists, but for the first time I sought out a psychiatrist. Each session improved my life. He diagnosed me with low-grade depression and put me on a small amount of Prozac. There’s a stereotype (I had believed) that antidepressants numb you out; that didn’t happen to me.”
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Lena Finkel is the Editor and Founder of Femestella. Prior to starting Femestella, she worked at People, InStyle, and Tiger Beat. Her favorite Housewife is Bethenny Frankel and when she’s not watching RHONY, you can probably find her obsessing over her tuxedo cat Tom or hoarding drugstore lipsticks.