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Famous People with Anxiety Disorders

Famous People with
Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety disorders affect everyone. It does not matter whether you are an ordinary individual, a celebrity, rich or poor. It does not discriminate. It is a fact that some people are more prone to anxiety than others but the bottom line is that there is no particular group of individuals who cannot acquire a disorder.

Johnny Depp
There are three anxiety disorders that are extremely common and affect a large fraction of individuals. These include the generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder and panic disorder.

Anxiety differs in terms of severity. Some people struggle with anxiety that is serious while others struggle with moderate to mild anxiety.

List of Famous People with Anxiety Disorders

Isaac Asimov
Roseanne Barr
Kim Basinger
David Bowie
Charlotte Bronte
Robert Burns
Barbara Bush
Nicholas Cage
Dean Cain
Earl Campbell
Naomi Campbell
John Candy
Ray Charles
Eric Clapton
Dick Clark
Michael Crichton
Sheryl Crow
Johnny Depp
Emily Dickinson
Edie Falco
Sally Field
Aretha Franklin
Sigmund Freud
James Garner
Shecky Greene
Goldie Hawn
Anthony Hopkins
Michael Jackson
Scarlett Johansson
Naomi Judd
Nicole Kidman
Abraham Lincoln
Courtney Love
John Madden
Howie Mandel
John Cougar Mellencamp
Alanis Morisette
Edvard Munch
Kate Moss
Sir Isaac Newton
Sir Laurence Olivier
Donny Osmond
Marie Osmond
Bonnie Raitt
Burt Reynolds
Joan Rivers
Winona Ryder
Charles Schultz
Willard Scott
Sam Shepard
Carly Simon
Tom Snyder
Sissy Spacek
John Steinbeck
Howard Stern
Emma Stone
Barbra Streisand
Alfred Lord Tennyson
Nikola Tesla
Ann Wilson
Oprah Winfrey
W.B. Yeats

Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is a type of anxiety that cannot be diagnosed by symptoms of the other types of anxiety disorders. This form of anxiety has affected many people. The good thing about it is that it is manageable. Many people who have GAD are able to hide it and go about their lives as usual. However, it can be extremely severe and stressful hence treatment is recommended.

There are several famous individuals who have announced that they suffer from anxiety. Leann Rimes (pictured below) has GAD. She entered a treatment facility meant for people who have severe anxiety and stress. Information about the nature of her anxiety is not known but according to her representative, she needed to re-learn coping skills. Simply being a celebrity does come with some additional complications such as dealing with the Paparazzi.

Leann Rimes

Panic disorder is more serious that GAD. It causes severe, debilitating anxiety attacks that frighten the individual experiencing them and the people around him or her. It is difficult to hide it. Johnny Depp (pictured above) suffers from panic attacks. He is one of the most popular actors in the world. He has been featured in major Hollywood blockbusters (such as Pirates of the Caribbean and Lone Ranger) and his career is at its peak. He has been struggling with the condition for years.

Kim Basinger

Kim Basinger (pictured above) is a famous actress and model. She got her first panic attack abruptly while she was in the middle of a grocery store. Her panic attacks were so severe that she ended up developing agoraphobia and depression.


Adele (pictured above) took the world by storm in 2011 and 2012. She has sold millions of albums worldwide. She suffers from panic attacks, severe stage fright and social phobia. Some of the famous celebrities who suffer from obsessive compulsive disorder are David Beckham, Howie Mandel and Fred Durst.

So you see that stars, celebrities and other notables are not immune from anxiety. In fact, they are like everyone else and must find effective coping skills to deal with the rigamarole of life