16 celebrities who've opened up about their struggles with anxiety

'Cos we all need to be more open about it

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There's nothing fun about struggling with your mental health, but one of the worst parts of dealing with anxiety or depression is feeling like you're totally alone in your battle to live with it. It's hard to talk about, people shy away from it, and even in 2016, it can seem easier to just push your problems to one side and pretend they're not happening.

But in reality, it's SO important to open up about the problems that you're dealing with - and one thing that can be pretty handy is hearing that even super famous celebs are living with the exact same mental health problems that you are, y'know.

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You're NOT on your own with all of this, and here's 15 celebs speaking about their own experiences with anxiety to prove it to you.

1. Zayn Malik

 "My anxiety that has haunted me throughout the last few months around live performances has gotten the better of me... With the magnitude of the event, I have suffered the worst anxiety of my career. I know those who suffer with anxiety will understand and I hope those who don't can empathise with my situation."

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2. Kylie Jenner

"When I am not working, I get anxiety... I'm not a shy person and when I was younger I was so crazy, and I feel like growing up in the spotlight, it just made me a more introverted person. Now I can't walk in a room and talk to people. It's weird. I'm super-reserved and introverted but I know everyone knows who I am."

3. Ashton Irwin

"Some days your head will be a whirlpool of depression and anxiety. In those days you gotta breath and focus on everything great in life. You aren't on your own! You can find the greatest things in life in the smallest and simplest things, you just gotta take a moment."

4. Zoella

"Growing up, I didn't really know anybody else that felt the same as me... I decided to talk about it and use my platform to share experiences and to reassure people they weren't alone. It was a scary thing to do, but also one of the best decisions I've ever made. It makes me so happy that I am able to help people on a daily basis because of being open about it. We need to stamp out the stigma surrounding mental health, and the first thing we need to do is talk about it more in order to do that."

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5. Selena Gomez

"It just causes a lot of anxiety. There were a few months where I was a little depressed, where I wouldn't leave [the house] as much. I think I drove myself crazy for a little bit... As much as I don't like to wake up and think about that it's there, it's naturally just there. My response was to stay in, which sucked. That's what I was trying to fix this past year, I'm finally getting a little bit more comfortable. It's a process."

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6. Emma Stone

"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."

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7. Jennifer Lawrence

"When my mother told me about my childhood, she always told me that there was like a light in me, a spark that inspired me constantly. When I started school, the light went out. It was never known what it was, a kind of social anxiety."

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8. Sarah Silverman

"People use 'panic attack' very casually over here in Los Angeles, but I don't think most of them really know what it is. Every breath is laboured. You are dying. You are going to die. It's terrifying. And then when the attack is over, the depression is still there. It feels like I'm desperately homesick, but I'm home."

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9. Beyonce

"It was beginning to get fuzz - I couldn't even tell which day or which city I was at. I would sit there at ceremonies and they would give me an award and I was just thinking about the next performance. My mother was very persistent and she kept saying I had to take care of my mental health."

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10. Taylor Swift

"It can feel, at times, if you let your anxiety get the better of you, like everybody's waiting for you t o really mess up - and then you'll be done. A lot of the time I need to call my mom and talk for a really long time, just to remind myself of all the things that are great and all the things that matter.

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11. Lena Dunham

"It's why I don't sleep at night. To those struggling with anxiety, OCD, depression: I know it's mad annoying when people tell you to exercise, and it took me about 16 medicated years to listen. I'm glad I did. It ain't about the ass, it's about the brain."

12. Adele

"I have anxiety attacks, constant panicking on stage, my heart feels like it's going to explode because I never feel like I'm going to deliver, ever. I will not do festivals. The thought of an audience that big frightens the life out of me. I don't think the music would work either. It's all too slow. I'd hate to book a festival and have a f**king anxiety attack and then not go on stage."

13. Kristen Stewart

Between ages 15 and 20, it was really intense. I was constantly anxious. I was kind of a control freak. If I didn't know how something was going to turn out, I would make myself ill, or just be locked up or inhibited in a way that was really debilitating."

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14. Demi Lovato

"I talk to the people around me, like the people on my team. I vocalise a lot of what I need and they're very understanding. I'm very grateful for that. Exercising is another way I deal with anxiety. Painting, and writing music and expressing myself through art are other ways that I can release emotions. Meditation is another one. Whatever it is, it's important to find what works for you. The first call I make is my boyfriend. He calms me down and makes me feel so much better."

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15. Ellie Goulding

"One day after a shoot I was on a train going to a funeral and my heart was pounding; I thought I was having a heart attack. I was so scared I reached over to this woman and said, 'I think I'm dying.' I called a friend to take me to hospital, where they told me it was just a panic attack. From that day, I kept having them. It was the weirdest time of my life. Sick, horrible things would go through my mind but I didn't want to draw attention to myself… It got to the point when I couldn't even get into the car and go to the studio."

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16. Amanda Seyfried

"I still do get terribly nervous, and that's partly due to the fact I think too much and over-analyse things. I'll start worrying about my parents or my dog, and I'll picture him opening the window of my apartment and falling out, even though I can't get that thing open myself."

YAS GUYS.

Reckon it's pretty inspiring to see all of these celebs speaking out about their own anxiety? Let us know over on Twitter @Sugarscape.

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