Mental health is the most important factor to keep balanced on the journey to success. Modern obstacles like the internet, peer and societal pressures can become a taxing force on any public figure. Depression and anxiety are the two most common mental health concerns among minority women business leaders and entrepreneurs. Here are seven successful women who’ve overcome anxiety and/or depression.
Many women praise Chrissy Teigan for her unapologetic boldness with her roles in the media. She has held many talk show hosting positions where she took advantage of the platform to voice her own truth as well as for others. In her 2017 open letter about postpartum depression, Teigan described the dark place in which she resided in after the birth of her daughter, Luna. “How can I feel this way when everything is so great? I’ve had a hard time coming to terms with that, and I hesitated to even talk about this, as everything becomes such a thing,” she said in her Glamour Magazine letter.
Apart from being a top tier entertainer, mother, and billionaire businesswoman, and undoubtedly one of the busiest women in the world, Beyonce Knowles admits that she struggled with depression and anxiety on occasions. One event, in particular, was when Destiny’s Child decided to go their separate ways. Knowles mentioned in an interview that she had a difficult time with the group’s separation and questioned the future, who she was, and the loyalty of her immediate peers.
Even the long-time, Hollywood famous, Halle Berry has seen her share of depression. Although she rarely speaks about the dark periods of her past, she briefly disclosed a story to Parade Magazine involving her contemplations with diabetes and suicide following her divorce. “I was sitting in my car, and I knew the gas was coming when I had an image of my mother finding me. My mother sacrificed so much for her children, and to end my life would be an incredibly selfish thing to do. My sense of self-worth was very low,” she said.
Kerry Washington, an award-winning actress and public figure, also admits that she faces the challenges of depression, especially in Hollywood. Washington’s career has taken her from the early 2000s throughout her works of today. In an interview with Glamour Magazine, Washington said that she used to use food as a coping method for her mental health issues. “I’d eat anything and everything, sometimes until I passed out. But then, because I had this personality that was driven toward perfectionism, I would tell people I was at the library, but instead, go to the gym and exercise for hours.”
Selena Gomez is also a Pop music entertainer who’s found difficulties facing anxiety urges in her career. Gomez’s mental health struggles are symptoms of Lupus, a long-term autoimmune disease where the body’s immune system rages war and attacks healthy cells. “I want to be proactive and focus on maintaining my health and happiness and have decided that the best way to move forward is to take time off,” said Gomez in an interview with People Magazine.
J.K Rawling is an award-winning British author, film producer, screenwriter, and philanthropist famous for her Harry Potter novels. Throughout her career, she struggled with mild depression periods of her mid-twenties. She’s noted that those dark times in her life came through into her writing. “Sadness is, I know sadness. Sadness is not a bad thing. To cr and to feel. But, it’s that cold absence of feeling… that really hollowed-out feeling,” said Rowling in a 2010 interview with Oprah.
Demi Lovato is an American singer, songwriter who, recently, has been painted by entertainment news blogs as an extreme drug abuser suffering from being bipolar. She is not shy about the philosophy of mental health and its practices. Now, she’s using her platform to raise awareness of mental illness to the world. Lovato spoke at the National Council for Behavioral Health in Washington D.C. “I think it’s important that people no longer look at mental illness as something taboo to talk about. It’s something that’s extremely common, one in five adults has a mental illness, so basically everyone is essentially connected to this problem,” she said.