Whether you’ve recently been diagnosed with PTSD or have had it for a long time, you don’t have to feel alone in this battle. In fact, PTSD is actually more common than you might think. It’s a mental health issue that can happen to anyone, and it doesn’t discriminate against white or black, man or woman, or rich or poor. Even celebrities can end up suffering from it. Here are 7 famous people who have been diagnosed with PTSD:
Mick Jagger – We all know this famous rock star from the Rolling Stones, but what many of us probably didn’t know is that he has experienced some pretty traumatic events in his life. It wasn’t until after he found out that his girlfriend, L’Wren Scott, committed suicide at the place where they were living, that he was diagnosed with PTSD.
Alanis Morissette – The song, “Jagged Little Pill” really took off when it came out. It made the music charts and had everyone singing along every time it came on the radio. But all that love and attention for the singer/songwriter Alanis Morissette was a lot to handle. You could say that her rise to fame with this song was a hard pill to swallow, and Alanis ended up developing PTSD from all the overstimulation and invasion of personal space that comes with becoming famous.
Whoopi Goldberg – All jokes aside, this comedienne faces challenges caused by her PTSD on a regular basis, but she doesn’t let it stop her. As a child, she witnessed two planes run into each other in the air and seeing something like that happen right before her eyes has created challenges that she still deals with today. Being a comedienne, actress, and talk show host, her job requires her to fly on planes. She has experienced numerous panic attacks when boarding planes, but she gets through it and continues to succeed.
Darrell Hammond – you might know Hammond from his hilarious Saturday Night Live skits and celebrity impressions, but you probably would have never guessed that he suffers from PTSD. As a child, Hammond was abused a lot, and when he got older, he abused drugs and alcohol and even practiced self harming. Fortunately, he has sobered up, gotten the treatment he needed, and is the comedian that we’ve all come to know and love.
Barbara Streisand – After a single mishap on stage where she forgot the lyrics to a song while singing in front of thousands in New York’s Central Park, iconic singer and actress, Barbara Streisand was stricken with PTSD. She was terrified of performing ever again, and only did so 30 years later, after having received both treatment and medication to help her out.
Monica Seles – During one of her tennis matches in 1993, Monica Seles was stabbed. You can imagine how traumatic this must’ve been for the athlete, and it took her a long time to work up the courage to get back on the tennis court. Even after something as big as this, Seles managed to take control of her PTSD and not let it control her.
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis – When John F. Kennedy was shot, it was Jacqueline, the First Lady of the House, who was there beside him. She experienced the shooting first hand, more so than anyone else, and that kind of experience led her to live in fear. She was afraid that she would be targeted next, and she would obsess over the event, never able to get any sleep.
While each and every story is different, they all share a commonality, and that is the way in which they suffer. PTSD is real and it’s scary, but just like many celebrities, you too can overcome it and not allow PTSD to stop you from living your life and doing what you love.