With stardom comes fame. And for young stars, this meteoric rise in their fame might become difficult to handle. Actor Robert Pattinson, who became a teen heartthrob for his portrayals of Cedric Diggory in “Harry Potter” and Edward Cullen in the “Twilight” franchise, has been through this experience first-hand. Recently, when asked if there was a connection between fame and certain mental illnesses, the actor said, “definitely.” He also stated that almost everyone he knew who had become famous was “completely nuts”.
Pattinson explained that the “isolation” and the “repetitiveness of your interactions with people” take their toll. His family was worried about how he would handle the fame post the success of “Twilight”, but Pattinson claimed that he did not change. He was also fortunate to have the support of good agents and friends. However, Pattinson considers it a dangerous situation when people do not have friends and believe that the void will be filled by adulation from strangers. “And then when it doesn’t fill the hole, you go 10 times crazier,” he said.
The actor also admitted to have gone “a little crazy” himself in the past, although he did not elaborate. He spoke about the surrealism of stardom, whether it was receiving tons of fan mail or thinking of ingenious ways to remain out of public eye between movies. “If the control of your life has been taken away from you, that’s when you go a little crazy,” he said.
Excessive public attention can trigger anxiety
Over the past few years, Pattinson suffered setbacks in his personal life which attracted unwanted opinions from all quarters. The actor’s relationship with his “Twilight” co-star Kristen Stewart ended in full public glare in 2012 after she was allegedly caught cheating on him. More recently, the actor reportedly split from his fiancée FKA Twigs after being together for three years. Living under such constant public scrutiny resulted in Pattinson experiencing bouts of anxiety.
Pattinson had already shared his struggles with severe anxiety in situations like red carpet appearances. He admitted that his anxiety was triggered by everything, and it manifested in the form of “paralysis” and “indecision.” Acting is his mechanism of escaping from the overpowering thoughts in his head. “One really nice thing about acting is that it’s like a weird therapy exercise,” he said. However, he admitted to suffering from anxiety even while performing.
Pattinson’s battles with his mental health prompted him to seek therapy a few years ago, a decision which left his parents “literally horrified”. He sees nothing wrong in asking for help and feels that “there’s just this weird stigma.” Although he does not visit his therapist very frequently, he believes that he has benefitted tremendously from the sessions.
Youngsters more susceptible to depression and other mental illnesses
Depression, anxiety and other mental illnesses do not discriminate – they affect celebrities and ordinary citizens, men and women, children and adults, and people from all ethnicities and socioeconomic backgrounds, equally. However, certain subgroups are at a higher risk than others. A recent study published in the journal Psychological Medicine in October 2017 found that although overall depression among Americans was rising, it saw a striking increase among adolescents aged 12 to 17 years; rising from 8.7 percent in 2005 to 12.7 percent in 2015.
Although depression often remains undiagnosed, it is among the most treatable mental illnesses. Located in Delta, Utah, White River Academy is the leading therapeutic boarding school that can help in diagnosing and treating mental disorders like depression in teens. If you know an adolescent boy aged between 12 and 17 years, who needs help, call our 24/7 helpline or chat online with one of our representatives to know more about our treatment for teen depression.