How Celebrities Change the Profile of Mental Illness

How Celebrities Change the Profile of Mental Illness

A mental health issue like anxiety or depression is a perfectly legitimate basis for a disability claim, especially if it interferes with regular workplace responsibilities. Unfortunately, people have powerful misconceptions about what a person with depression is supposed to look like, and can be dismissive of those who don’t fit the expected profile.

That can be particularly true in the case of celebrities, many of whom have been increasingly forthcoming about their struggles with mental health. Justin Bieber, for instance, recently took to Instagram to reveal that he was profoundly unhappy in his late teens and early twenties, a time when he was at the peak of his commercial and financial success.

The Canadian singer is hardly alone in that regard. Performers like Lady Gaga, Kid Cudi, and Chance the Rapper have been equally open about their anxieties, taking advantage of social media to collapse the distance between fans and celebrities. The details of the stories vary depending on the individual but the overall theme is similar in each case. No amount of money or fame will ever be enough to overcome a serious mental health condition.

For the rest of us, Bieber’s post is a timely reminder that mental health issues are often invisible and that external signifiers may not correspond to someone’s internal well-being. As Bieber explained in his post, someone may have the material trappings of success, but cars, money, and clothes are wildly unfulfilling if your mental health makes it difficult to enjoy them.

There’s also a lesson there as it relates to disability. Bieber credits the people around him for helping with his recovery and stresses that the process took several years as he focused on his own personal issues. In that regard, his celebrity was almost certainly beneficial, if only because he didn’t need to worry about finances (or doctor payments) while dealing with his health.

Anyone living paycheck to paycheck may not be so fortunate. That’s why a long term disability claim can be absolutely critical for someone battling depression. It’s virtually impossible to take care of yourself if you still need to generate income. Disability benefits can give you the time you need to address your mental health issues, even if your housing arrangement isn’t quite as luxurious as Justin’s.

Through their candor, celebrities like Justin Bieber have helped remove some of the stigma around mental illness, demonstrating that such issues are far more common – and far more relatable – than many people realize. Mental illness can have a severe impact on your daily life and prevent you from performing to the best of your ability.

Sadly, many insurance companies may be reticent to acknowledge a disability claim in the absence of more obvious physical symptoms. If so, Share Lawyers can help. Mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of and we’re always happy to answer any questions you may have. We will fight for the benefits you deserve!

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