Depression, substance abuse and anxiety. These are some of the issues plaguing mental health in the entertainment industry. All jobs have stress associated with them. But why does Hollywood seem to have more than its share of substance abuse? Why would anyone who ‘has it all – money, fame, good looks resort to suicide?
Many entertainers have taken their own lives. Some struggle with anxiety and depression. What’s more, despite the hard work of many, there is still a stigma associated with mental health. This is especially true in the entertainment industry. You can read more about stigma and mental health in Hollywood here.
Stress and anxiety in entertainment
Actors, musicians, and other performers face unique challenges. They have chosen to use their creative talents and skills to build a career and find fulfillment. But with this path comes a certain amount of uncertainty. More than what most other professions face.
Not knowing what’s ahead can cause anyone stress and anxiety. Constant competition with others and being subjected to being judged and measured against others is also understandably stressful. Even if you are the best, for how long with it last? Entertainers never know how they will do in the next audition. If rejected, many experience self-doubt, low sense of self-esteem, and a lack of confidence.
It is also common for entertainers to feel overwhelmed. When they do find work they are required to spend long hours on set, they do not work a 9 to 5 schedule, and they miss out on spending time with family and other important relationships.
Help for those in the industry
Research has shown that simply venting your troubles to a friend is not helpful. Your friend most likely is able to offer sympathy but is not qualified or trained to help you find effective solutions to your problems.
Finding a therapist who understands the unique stresses of the entertainment industry is crucial to leading a healthy life and moving forward with the best possible chance of success both on a personal and professional level.
It is not necessary to spend years in therapy, today, we have evidence-based therapy practices that work well and work quickly.
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If you are dealing with uncertain and stressful circumstances in your career or in your life, in general, you do not have to struggle alone. Working with a therapist who understands the challenges of the entertainment industry and can offer guidance and support can make a real difference. You are welcome to call and find out more or simply fill out the contact form and press send.Please share this post!