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Interesting list of people!

I was looking through my files on my pc the other day and found a list of several famous people who suffer, or have suffered from anxiety.I found it somewhere on another anxiety website but dont remember where,so I thought I share the list with you.Anyway we certainly are not alone with this dissorder.In fact anxiety and depression seem to be on the rise worldwide,according to statistics.It does not discriminate,and can affect anyone,even the rich and famous.Here is the list.

Naomi Campbel...shes a famous model

David Bowie....popular singer

Johnny Depp famous actor

Courtney Love...singer/actor

Sally Field...actress

Jim Eisenreich...baseball player

Barbra Streisand...extremely famous singer

Ann Wilson (singer)

Winona Ryder (actress)

Howard Stern... THE KING of TALK SHOWS

Anne Tyler (author)

Cher.... one of the top female singers of all time

Pete Harnisch (baseball star)

Tom Snyder (host)

Kim Basinger famous actress

Earl Campbell FOOTBALL LEGEND, greatest running back in nfl history

Donny Osmond (actor)

Oprah Winfrey...TV HOST

John Candy ex hilarious comedian

Beverly Johnson (supermodel)

John Madden (announcer) on of the greatest coaches and announcers in NFL history

Lani O'Grady (actress)

Robert Burns (poet)

Alanis Morisette (singer)

Sissy Spacek (actress)

Burt Reynolds famous actor

Sir Isaac Newton (scientist)

Charles Schultz (cartoonist) FAMOUS

Dean Cain (actor)

John Steinbeck (author)

W.B. Yeats (poet)

Leila Kenzle (actress)

Aretha Franklin (singer) ONE OF THE BEST

Joan Rivers (actress)

Deanna Carter (singer)

Roseanne Barr (comedian) starred on TV show Roseanne

Naomi Judd (singer)

Susan Powter (tv host)

Sigmund Freud (psychiatrist)

Carly Simon (singer)

Willard Scott (weatherman)

Nicole Kidman (actress) RIP

Sheryl Crow (musician) extremely talented and popular

Anthony Hopkins (actor)
D i ck Clark (television personality) 3, 2, 1, HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!!

Ray Charles (musician)

Eric Clapton (musician)

Barbara Bush (former First Lady - U.S.) hey even the PRESIDENTS wife had anxiety :)

Tony Dow (actor director)

Michael Crichton (writer)

Robert McFarlane (former National Security Advisor - U.S.)

Delta Burke, actress

Winston Churchill

Ann Wilson (Singer - Rock Group 'Heart')

Michael Jackson, greatest Pop singer of all time

Nicolas Cage--great actor, my personal favorite actor, Gone in 60 seconds star

Emily Dickinson (poet)

Abraham Lincoln former PRESIDENT of the U.S.

Robert Burns (poet)

Calista Flockhart (Ally McBeal)

Lucille Ball (actress, singer)

Jordan and Jonathon Knight (new kids on the block)  

Ricky Williams, former NFL great RB drafted by NO Saints, traded to Miami, ran for over 2,000 yds in 1 season.He was doing interviews with his helmet on, because he had social anxiety disorder.

and probably many more
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Some of the folks on that list,such as John Madden, suffer a very specific anxiety; in his case, flying. John goes everywhere in his big bus. And some are active in talking about their panic; Willard Scott is a good example. Oddly missing (and just plain odd) is Stephen King, whose subject matter is the realm of the terrifying, fancy that. He tells a funny story about his first meeting with his publisher -who was at that time reveiwing King's manuscript. King nervously sat down in front of the publisher's huge desk, and the fellow opened the interview with a flattering comment about the literacy of the proposed book. King stood up and said "Me go now," and ran away.

The fact that so many performers are on the list might suggest to us that the sense that people are watching and judging us, that we must perform or fail is a common thread among many panic folks everywhere. The panic serves as a mechanism to avoid this situation. Of course, when the judgement comes from WITHIN us -its tough to get away from it. Just a thought.

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I agree with what you say Scott.But then again all you posts tend to make sense.Would you agree that because these people strive to achieve,or are perfectionists by nature,this would generally predispose them to anxiety?Its also interesting that many performers,stars etc,have problems with substance abuse.Elvis was a good example of this.His doctor prescribed so many pills,tranquilizers,etc etc.It is a fact that his excessive use of prescription medication led to his early death.Such a waste of a great talent.Best Regards,
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