LIFESTYLE & COMMUNITY

Famous People Who Suffer From OCD Share Their Advice On How To Deal With This Disturbing Mental Disorder

Date February 1, 2018

We got used to see our favorite celebrities in a good mood and ‘all smiles’. But it appears, a lot of famous and successful people are more obsessive in their everyday life than we thought. Leonardo DiCaprio, Charlize Theron, and other true icons of the entertainment industry suffer from a mental disorder called OCD.

Below, there is a list of popular personalities who live with this disturbing diagnosis and can share their advice on how to deal with OCD. But first, let’s find out what OCD means.

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What is OCD?

Obsessive-compulsive disorder, or simply OCD, is a mental disorder characterized by upsetting thoughts known as obsessions. People who suffer from OCD are unable to control their obsessive thoughts more than for a short period of time.

Patients with OCD feel a constant need to do certain common activities, like hand washing, or checking to see if a door is locked, etc. The cause of OCD is unknown, but most specialists agree the reason is more likely to be genetic.

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Famous people who suffer from OCD

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Leonardo DiCaprio

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DiCaprio confessed he has to force himself not to step on every gum when walking and fight urges to walk through a doorway several times. However, after his role of Howard Hughes in The Aviator, who suffered from the same disorder, Leo learned how to deal with his disturbing disease. The actor said:

I simply let it all go and never listened to the other voice. I just said to myself: “You don't need to do that.”

David Beckham

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Beckham has an addiction to rearranging hotel rooms and lining up cans of soft drinks to make "everything perfect." The football star revealed it is not so easy for him to deal with these obsessive thoughts every single day, but he constantly works on managing his disorder.

I just need to find my own space where I can relax and forget about the necessity to make everything perfect.

Howie Mandel

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In one of his interviews, Mandel revealed he suffers from a crippling fear of germs. Like millions of other people with OCD, Howie has inescapable repetitive thoughts considering his fear.

The “America’s Got Talent” judge shares his own opinion on this matter:

We don’t take care of our mental health. I think the solution to making this world better is if we would just be healthy, mentally.

Charlize Theron

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Charlize suffers from the obsessive fear of unexpected mess, and this thought can even keep her awake at night. However, motherhood has helped the actress cope with her mental disorder in a certain way. Theron says:

My kids have definitely helped me become a little less anxious. About a lot of that stuff. And there are certain rooms I have just let go of and given up on.

Fiona Apple

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At first impression, Fiona Apple looks like a confident and calm person, but it appears the star has to deal with OCD every day of her life. In her sincere interview with Elle magazine, the singer told this very personal story:

I was compelled to leave my house at three o'clock in the morning and go out in the alley because I just knew that the paper-towel roll I threw in the recycling bin was uncomfortable, like it was laying the wrong way, and I would be down in the garbage.

Today, Fiona says she feels much better. Traveling helps her a lot, as well as meeting her friends. Cozy atmosphere makes Apple forget about disturbing thoughts and constant fears.

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Now, we see that famous people are just the same as the rest of us. They also suffer from mental disorders and certain fears of “being not so perfect.” The most important thing is that celebrities are not ashamed to speak about their fears. They’ve learned how to deal with their problem and are happy to share a piece of useful advice with others.

READ ALSO: 11 Early Warning Signs Of Mental Health Issues


This post is solely for informational purposes. It is not intended to provide medical advice. Fabiosa doesn’t take responsibility for any possible consequences from any treatment, procedure, exercise, dietary modification, action, or application of medication, which results from reading or following the information contained in this post. Before undertaking any course of treatment, the reader should consult with their physician or other health care provider.