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Living with a social anxiety disorder can make you feel quite alone and isolated. This is particularly true in the era of social media when a single glance on Instagram displays a plethora of filtered photographs of people interacting with their mates. Even in folks who appear to have it all, you really don’t know what’s happening behind the scenes. Many celebrities have already spoken up about their struggles with social anxiety as well as other mental health issues in recent years.

It’s hard to believe that someone whose career requires them to be in the spotlight might have nervousness in social environments, but it does happen. By sharing their stories, these celebrities are trying to eliminate the stigma associated with social anxiety and demonstrating that you can be highly successful despite it.

  1. Kourtney Kardashian

Kourtney Kardashian is a media personality, model, and socialite best known for her reality television show “Keeping Up With The Kardashians,” which premiered in 2007.

She is the oldest of 3 sisters, all of whom are well-known on social media. Kourtney revealed that stress makes her feel queasy when she talks about her anxieties.

Kourtney once said that even when her anxiety is at an all-time high, it seems like her body is continually burning more calories all day. She is using exercise to combat anxiety, and her message is self-love and exercise are the means of diverting our attention away from our fear.

  1. Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey is a famous talk show personality, television network owner, actress, producer, and author who is well-known around the world. Despite her worldwide popularity, Oprah still struggles with anxiety.

Oprah’s anxiety revealed itself in her unwillingness to interact with some people and her awkwardness with others. This offers us all hope since if someone of her stature can conquer her anxieties and talk in front of the world, we can all tackle mental health issues like anxiety.

The core cause of Oprah’s adult anxiety condition, like that of so many others, was psychological trauma, notably sexual violence. Oprah is a prime example of what is achievable when we start opening up about our troubles and using them as a strong force on the planet by conquering her persistent worry and using it as a spark for her success.

  1. Stephen Colbert

Stephen Colbert, an Emmy Award-winning television host, and actor, has spoken up about his anxiousness.

Colbert suffered a nervous breakdown following his marriage in 1993 and was prescribed Xanax for 9 days to treat his anxiousness before discovering the pills were only masking his issue.

Stephen has discovered that pushing into his profession and performing on stage has assisted him in overcoming his anxieties. Rather than being sources of anxiety, he finds that being creative and performing help him deal with it.

  1. Whoopi Goldberg

Whoopi Goldberg is a comedian, actress, television personality, and author from the United States.

For several years, Goldberg has struggled with the anxiety disorder “aerophobia” (fear of flying) after watching a mid-air crash. This was a major setback for her, as her employer requires her to travel to various areas.

Exposure Therapy and Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) are widely used to treat aerophobia. To conquer her nervousness, Goldberg participated in a “fly without fear” course.

  1. Missy Elliott

Melissa Arnette Elliott, better known by her stage name “Missy,” is an American singer, rapper, dancer, record producer, songwriter, and philanthropist.

In a 2015 interview with Billboard, Missy Elliott discussed her lifelong battle with anxiety. Elliott experienced a full-fledged panic episode during her Super Bowl performance, which necessitated medical assistance.

Despite her fame as an artist, Missy Elliot is a very shy person. She is also quite spiritual, relying on God to lead her in the right direction. In an interview with Billboard, she remarked of the Super Bowl that she know that nothing but God’s grace pulled her up and carried her through that performance.

  1. Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift is a pop singer whose personal life has been encroached upon by the pressures of fame. Swift, in specific, was publicly tormented in 2016 by Kim Kardashian and his husband Kanye West.

She felt unappreciated and misunderstood in public, but this provided her with an opportunity to dig deep and build trust in her intimate group of family and friends.

Swift has used the vitamin L-theanine, a naturally occurring amino acid that can help ease the nervous system, to assist her in coping with her anxiety.

To manage her anxiety, she resists drinking alcohol, smoking, and caffeine, and instead concentrates on relaxing hobbies such as yoga and meditation.

Swift once said that if you allow your fear to get the best of you, it might feel like everyone is awaiting you to make a big mistake, and then you will be done.

  1. Adele

Adele is a renowned English songwriter and singer who has won Grammy awards. Adele has admitted that she struggles with acute anxiety episodes, which make it difficult for her to appear in front of huge crowds.

Because her anxiousness was so acute, she threw up and then fled off stage and out a fire exit during one concert.

Adele copes with her worry by thinking about what Beyonce would do in her shoes, as well as seeing a therapist for depression and anxiety treatment.

Adele found that talking to other mothers regarding her postpartum depression helped her control her depression. She has repeatedly demonstrated that the key to overcoming her mental illnesses is to start opening up and asking for help.

  1. Kristen Bell

When she is stressed and overworked, her health worsens, and she frequently cycles between depression and anxiety.

Kristen has been candid about her anxiety issues, revealing that she relies on CBD oil, gratitude, nature, gardening, cooking, and meditation to help her cope.

She finds it difficult to say no to others, which leads to her being overcommitted on a regular basis, she once said that she recognized her codependency was strangling her to the point that she couldn’t say no to anyone. 

  1. Naomi Osaka

Following her stunning triumph over Serena Williams in the 2018 U.S. Open, Naomi Osaka quickly rose to prominence in women’s tennis. Those who follow Osaka regularly notice how harsh she is on herself. She has spoken openly about her mental well-being and anxiety on numerous occasions throughout her career.

She once said that when you play competitive sports, you usually believe that one game or one tournament is crucial, and then when you end up losing it, you believe your entire existence has come to an end.  Talking about mental health is part of Osaka’s approach for not allowing it to rule her.

  1. Joey Votto

Joey Votto is a professional baseball player for the Cincinnati Reds in the Major League Baseball Canada. After his father passed away at the young age of 52, Votto became crippled by sadness and anxiety.

After the baseball season finished, Votto’s anxiety grew as he couldn’t find anything pleasant to focus on. He was put on the disabled list (DL) several times after claiming that he was physically unable of performing his work.

Fortunately, he received frequent hospital visits, which aided him in his rehabilitation. Votto stated that once he felt like he could go through 2 or 3 nights’ sleep without keeping the phone beside him thinking about needing to call the hospital, and it was time he felt like he could start playing ball again.

  1. Ricky Williams

Ricky Williams is best remembered as the Heisman Trophy-winning defensive back who had it all: fame, fortune, and talent. He had become a celebrity instantly after being chosen as the fifth overall choice in the NFL draft out of college.

Williams eventually discovered he was one of the more than 15 million people in the United States who suffer from a social anxiety disorder, often known as social phobia. People who suffer from social anxiety disorder are terrified of being inspected by others in performance or social circumstances, as well as of receiving negative feedback.

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Williams was fortunate in that a close friend recommended that he consult a therapist. Janey Barnes, the psychotherapist who identified his condition and began his treatment program, said that when he initially met Williams, he couldn’t even look him in the eyes. Williams, like many people with this illness, assumed he was just timid or odd, but it was evident to him that his worry was crippling, which is not the same as shyness. Luckily, social anxiety is a very curable condition.

  1. Donny Osmond

Donny Osmond has a really appealing personality. Despite his celebrity as a music singer, he maintains an accessible and humble demeanor. Osmond stated that he’d been identified with social anxiety disorder in a 2000 appearance on CBS’s 48 Hours. He has had stage fear since he was a child, and despite numerous public performances since then, he constantly struggles with it. Osmond admitted during an interview that there are times he would recall before he came on stage where, if he had the choice between going on stage and death, he would have preferred death, The intense pressure to be flawless was at the root of the phobia.

Osmond sought counseling from a therapist when his anxiety attacks got serious. He was able to find a way to deal with his fear thanks to the treatment.

  1. Barbara Streisand

Barbara Streisand is often seen as a daring and multi-talented superstar. Most people are aware that she is an award-winning actress who has performed in front of millions around the world. However, we may not be aware that this mega-star is also afflicted with social anxiety disorder. Streisand discussed her decades-long struggle with performance anxiety in a talk with Diane Sawyer. Her social phobia started in 1967 when she lost the lines to one of her tracks while performing live in Central Park in New York. Streisand, a virtuoso, couldn’t forgive herself or summon the confidence to sing in front of an audience again. As a result, she didn’t appear in front of an audience for nearly 30 years.

During the interview, Streisand acknowledged her underlying dread, saying, “Because of that night, I didn’t sing or charge people for 27 years…  What if I forget the words again?” She didn’t perform live again until 1994, although she did it with the help of a teleprompter so she wouldn’t forget the words.

  1. Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman has admitted that she gets nervous on the red carpet because of all of the lights and cameras and that her pulse quickens and hands start shaking and she has difficulties breathing.

So much so that she needed Tom Cruise, her then-husband, to convince her that everything was fine.

Nicole is said to take this Organic Matcha green tea during the day, according to a People article. Green tea includes L-theanine, which has an anti-anxiety impact, so she’s making a smart decision.

If you or your loved one is a high-ranked official, athlete, celebrity, or musician, premium professional help for social anxiety is available in the form of luxury and executive anxiety treatment centers. High-end inpatient social anxiety treatment programs for executives and celebrities offer absolute confidentiality, secrecy, and privacy.

Apart from upscale evidence-based therapies, these premium luxury rehab centers provide 5-star resort-like amenities that include luxurious accommodations, fitness centers with dedicated personal trainers, gourmet chef-prepared meals, and availability of a swimming pool or tennis court. These premium rehabs are located in picturesque and serene environments which aid in the process of healing. Apart from conventional therapies, complementary and alternative methods such as yoga, meditation, acupuncture, and recreational therapy are frequently available in different programs.

Lastly, a precise aftercare program to maintain your mental well-being for a longer duration of time is what sets the luxury social anxiety treatment centers apart. 

Contact us today to avail premium, luxury, and executive anxiety treatments and get rid of your social anxiety disorder once and for all time. 


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