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Stars Open Up About Their Anxiety

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By Nicholas Vrchoticky

No one should have to suffer anxiety in silence, or any other mental health condition for that matter. Following this Wednesday's drop of the new Rolling Stone cover for the second-annual "Women Shaping the Future" issue, SZA got real on Twitter, and it looks like she won't be suffering in silence with her anxiety anymore either.

She's not the only celebrity to bring their anxiety to light, and that's a good thing. With more celebrities embracing and speaking truthfully about their mental health issues, maybe they can help relieve some of the stigma around mental health.

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"Women Shaping the Future"

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The second-annual "Women Shaping the Future" issue of Rolling Stone features SZA, Megan Thee Stallion, and Normani. Following the cover drop, SZA hit Twitter to say:

"Not doing any videos Interviews or photos for the rest of my life lol don’t ask"

With people wondering if her comments were in reference to the *Rolling Stone" piece, she followed up, tweeting:

"S/o Normani and meg tho. My sisters who I love very much and respect deeply. Honored to be apart of ANYTHING w the two of those BLACK QUEENS."

So, we know it has nothing to do with the other "Women Shaping the Future" even if her frustration was with Rolling Stone.

SZA opens up about her anxiety

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Previously, SZA opened up about her depression, telling Rolling Stone that depression was one of the things that initially got her into music because it was thing she didn't feel she "sucked at." Given that she had the courage to come forward about her depression in such a large medium, it makes sense that she'd have the courage to do the same with her anxiety.

Next in line in the string of tweets, SZA says:

"My anxiety has .03% to do w outside opinion. I was bullied all through high school I could care less. It’s my OWN THOUGHTS THAT HIT DIFFERENT."

SZA isn't the only one to open up

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SZA isn't the only celebrity to open up about their mental health disorders. Ariana Grande canceled the meet-and-greet segment following concerts last year because she needed to "preserve energy" due to panic attacks. Recently, Saved by the Bell actress Lark Voorhies went on Dr. Oz to discuss her struggles with bipolar disorder.

Others, like Justin Bieber, have taken to social media posting references to mental health conditions. In 2019, Ari Lennox wrote a song that has to do with her managing her anxiety. There are several other celebrities that could be cited here, but you get the idea. There are a lot coming forward.

Why is speaking out about mental health helpful?

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Speaking openly and honestly about mental health conditions allows others to know they're not alone. When it comes to celebrities speaking out, their large platform reaches many people, many of whom are suffering in silence or avoiding treatment because of the stigma around mental health conditions. These celebrities being open encourages their fans to be open and seek treatment. Like SZA commented on Twitter:

"Celebs’ been out here dying of addiction and depression for DECADES. Be glad Ppl are TALKING to eachother [sic] and sharing rather than hiding."

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