John Mayer and other celebs open up about mental health
John Mayer shares why he no longer feels like a "recovering ego addict"
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In a time when mental illness is more prevalent than ever, breaking the stigma around issues like depression, anxiety, and various disorders can be a matter of life and death. Our society worships celebrities and it puts them in a position of immense influence. Many celebrities are now using their platforms to destigmatize mental illness and share that they experience the same struggles as everyone else.
In the past, John Mayer has been open about his struggles with his ego, particularly in a 2015 interview with Today in which he said, "I'm a recovered ego addict, and the only way that I can be sure that I don't relapse is to admit that I constantly have this ego addiction, every day," he said. "So I do the Grammys and I go home because if I stay, I get high again."
On a recent Q+A he hosted on Instagram on August 31, a fan asked him if he still feels he's a "recovering ego addict," and he responded, "No, and I'll tell you why. Your 20s and 30s are like the hours between 8 pm and 11 pm on a weekend night. You're kind of frantically hoping for the most validating plans to come through." But now that he's 43, the musician explained: "Your 40s are like 11:30 pm where you're like 'hey, I would have been home anyway even if I had gone out.' The pressure is off." He also reflected on "being a ham" in his past interviews and likened his past, more regrettable comments to "break dancing into a nitroglycerin plant."
Take a look through the gallery and find out which other celebrities are courageously opening up to the public about their experiences with mental health, and learn more about the signs and symptoms so you can help raise awareness too.
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