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Anxiety condition triggered by a traumatic event is known as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Sexual assault, near-death experiences, severe injuries, and participation in war activities are examples of these events. Long after the event, people with this disorder often experience disturbing nightmares, high levels of anxiety, selective amnesia. PTSD does not only affect ordinary folks. PTSD affects celebrities as well.

Mental health problems such as PTSD can be alienating and lonely, and they are substantially more prevalent than most people think. It’s vital to know that others have sought therapy, healed, and expressed their recovery stories, including many famous people and celebs with PTSD.

Monica Seles

Monica Seles had been the world’s No. 1 tennis player and a grand slam champion by the age of 16. Monica experienced a knife attack when she was stabbed in the back with a 9-inch kitchen knife at the age of nineteen years during a court break at a tournament in Hamburg just a few months later.

This experience, coupled with her father’s deadly cancer diagnosis around the same time, resulted in long-term PTSD and an eating problem.

Monica made a comeback before withdrawing from the sport after learning to “live in the moment.” She learned to love herself again after working through the isolation and stress on her own.

During the 2 years following her tragic incident, she had a significant weight gain, and Seles recounted her struggles with self-image in her book, “Getting a Grip: On My Body, My Mind, and Self.”

Whoopi Goldberg

Whoopi Goldberg, the talk show host, actress, and comedian, devotes a lot of her time traveling across the globe for her job.

What you may not be aware of is that she gets a panic attack every time she hops on an aircraft.

She was resting on a balcony in San Diego in 1978, taking in the scenery, when she watched a jet crash in mid-flight. She has had difficulty boarding aircraft since then.

Because she is a visual person, Whoopi explains, “If I see it, it lives in my brain.” Goldberg has learning problems and was raised in a poor residential neighborhood.

Mick Jagger

Sir Mick Jagger is known all over the world as the leader of The Rolling Stones, a hugely successful band. However, celebrity does not protect people from developing PTSD or acute traumatic stress disorder.

After his long-term spouse, L’Wren Scott, 49, committed suicide, he contracted the illness. A person can be labeled with PTSD after a month of acute traumatic stress.

When his psychological health problem was made public, Mick Jagger was said to be “very disturbed.” It’s encouraging for the rest of us to understand that no one is immune to the consequences of PTSD.

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis was former President John F. Kennedy’s wife. When she saw JFK’s assassination, her universe was flipped on its head.

Barbara Leaming wrote “Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis: The Untold Story,” which details the first lady’s personal challenges that were masked under a layer of beauty.

Shia LaBeouf

Shia LaBeouf spoke up about his post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in 2018. His parents divorced when he was 3 years old, and he witnessed his mom being abused and raped at the time.

His mental struggles had been suppressed for a long time, but they surfaced when he was jailed in Georgia for public intoxication and disorderly conduct.

LaBeouf has lived in constant fear of someone pursuing him or his mother since he was a toddler. “I’ve always thought somebody was coming in,” Shia says. He discovered he had PTSD while in rehabilitation.

Barbra Streisand

Barbra Streisand is a multi-award-winning superstar. Her childhood, on the other hand, was far from ideal. Her father died when she was 16 months old, her mother did not show her any love, and her stepfather did not like her.

When Streisand lost the lines to a song she was singing at a performance in New York, she became anxious. As a perfectionist, Streisand was deeply shaken by this experience.

She allegedly admitted to taking anti-anxiety medicine to treat her anxiety issue and seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Streisand is well-known for her secrecy, preferring to remain in the comfort of her own home, where she has complete control over her surroundings.

Charlize Theron

Charlize Theron, a well-known South African actress, suffered a tragic event as a youngster that has followed her through her life.

When Theron’s dad (an alcoholic) threatened to murder her mother when she was 15, she fired at him and killed him in self-defense.

Hard drugs such as “molly” (ecstasy), mushrooms, acid, and cocaine were used as a result of the trauma. She described herself as a “wake and baker” in the past. Theron, a single mom of two, claims that counseling has aided her in providing a wonderful life for her children.

Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande, a songwriter, and singer have spoken up about her PTSD problems. Her PTSD was triggered by a suicide attack at her concert in Manchester, UK, in May 2017, which killed 22 people.

Surprisingly, she underwent a brain scan, which revealed the physical effects of PTSD on the anatomy of her brain. She posted the brain scan with her followers on Instagram, and they have been extremely supportive throughout the struggle.

Grande has remarked that treatment was important in saving her life.

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga (Stefani Germanotta), a multi-Grammy Award winner, went public about her PTSD 2 years ago. She has PTSD as a result of being sexually abused at the age of 19 by an elderly man at her Catholic school.

Lady Gaga has spoken up on how the trauma has long-term consequences on her, and that she re-lives the trauma years later. She receives treatment for PTSD and the symptoms that were interfering with her professional responsibilities.

Lady Gaga labeled the mental health plague a “crisis of epic proportions” while accepting a sponsor award at the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s third annual Patron of the Artists Awards.

Alanis Morissette

Alanis Morisette, a Canadian singer-songwriter, admits to being an “attention junkie.” Her fast and unexpected climb to stardom, however, left her with panic attacks and sadness.

People watching her every step got uncomfortable as she became more secluded. Alanis explains. “It’s taken a lot of work and therapy to just not be suicidal.”

Morisette had no idea what she was getting herself into when she had become such a famous sensation. As she battled with all of the spotlights, she had therapists who could really phone her while she was on the road.

Alanis worked through her love and sex addictions, as well as addiction in general, in treatment.

Abraham Lincoln

That was also a problem for a former US President. He nearly died when he drowned at the age of 7 years, his mother passed away two years later, and his older sister died ten years after her mother passed away. He was unable to marry the girl he adored, and 3 of his kids died as children. When he was killed in 1956, he was suffering from PTSD and showed some symptoms of clinical depression.

Spike Milligan

Spike Milligan, a British comedian who was traumatized during WWII, suffers PTSD. He took part in a number of missions in Italy and even suffered major injuries as a result of his service. Milligan was demoted after an officer vehemently denied that he had PTSD. After the war, he acquired bipolar disorder and had several breakdowns.

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey, a writer and TV show host, is yet another renowned person who suffers from PTSD. In 1986, she did a performance about sexual assault in which she stated that she was raped by a relative when she was nine years old and that she was afterward abused by several individuals for several years. She gave birth to a child who died at a young age. She is now an advocate for survivors of sexual abuse.

Major General John Cantwell

John Cantwell wrote in his memoir Exit Wounds how he kept his PTSD a secret for 20 years in order to fulfill his army duties. He had a concerned that there were concealed bombs in his car, therefore he avoided traveling in a car as much as possible. He went suicidal because of survivor guilt. After spending a week in a psychiatric facility, he decided to retire.

PTSD can be diagnosed by a medical professional with expertise in dealing with mental disorders, such as a psychologist or psychiatrist. After speaking with the patient who is experiencing PTSD symptoms, the clinician will make the diagnosis.

A person must exhibit all of the following symptoms for at least one month to be identified with PTSD:

  • At least one symptom has resurfaced.
  • Three or more avoidance symptoms
  • Two or more hyperarousal symptoms
  • Symptoms make it difficult to attend to work or school, spend time with friends, or complete crucial duties.

Traumatic occurrences happen often in the United States, with up to 60 percent of the population experiencing at minimum one traumatic experience in their lives. After being exposed to a traumatic event, a high percentage of people develop PTSD. Within three months, the majority of people will be free of these symptoms. About 15 percent of people who have been exposed to trauma acquire chronic PTSD. Combat exposure, childhood maltreatment, and early physical violence are the traumatic events most related to PTSD in men. Sexual molestation rape, childhood physical abuse, being threatened with a weapon and physical attack are the most traumatic situations for women.


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