The glint of paparazzi, media’s exclusive coverage, stalkers and fan following are the perks of being a celebrity. With flashes and cameras always pointed at them, they find difficulty in drawing a line between personal and professional life. Challenges at work and personal life take a toll on the health.

Mental illness can strike anyone and everyone. There have been celebrities who have suffered, fought and survived mental illness. Depression and anxiety struck them, tried to pull them down but they were courageous and brave enough to face it and then share it with the world.

Here are the celebrities who fought depression and came out stronger to be an inspiration for many.

Deepika Padukone

The brave Mastani has been equally courageous while she fought depression after her break up with Ranbir Kapoor. She had a hard time figuring out what has happened to her and that’s when her mother came to her rescue. She underwent medication and therapy. She openly talked about her suffering and with the aim to spread awareness she started her NGO.

Honey Singh

The RAP star of Bollywood took Punjabi and Hindi music industry to an international level with his foot-tapping musical compositions. He suddenly vanished from the industry and only close sources knew why. Finally he came out to talk about how he has been suffering from bipolar disorder and depression.

Lady Gaga

The singer with peculiar dressing sense has always been hiding behind a chameleon-style of dressing. Weird make-up and dresses has been her identity. She recently shared her battle with depression and expressed the pain she went through.

Gwyneth Paltrow

Suffered from post partum depression, Gwyneth came out stronger and braver than before. She became an inspiration to new mothers and has been spreading awareness about it.

Dwayne Johnson

The rock-strong man ‘The Rock’ Dwayne Johnson shared his experience with mental illness. Depression had pulled him down and left him helpless but he chose to come out of it and be an inspiration.

We must learn to be sensitive, empathetic and compassionate towards those who struggle with mental illness every day. These celebrities are true inspiration for all those who feel helpless and lost.