Oscar winners are almost 7 times more likely to suffer from mental health and addiction problems

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Oscar winners nearly seven times more likely to suffer from mental health and addiction issues than other people, analysis finds

  • The analysis was carried out by Paracelsus Recovery, a clinic that treats certain celebrities
  • 41 of 60 Best Actor/Actress winners since 1992 have mental health issues
  • Psychotherapist says fame is often associated with ‘fear, pain and loneliness’

Oscar winners are almost seven times more likely to suffer from mental health and addiction issues than other people.

An analysis by Paracelsus Recovery, a clinic that has treated dozens of celebrities, said “fame should come with a health warning” after it emerged that two-thirds of actors who have won Oscars in past 30 years have suffered from turmoil.

Of the 60 performers who have won the Best Actor or Best Actress gong since 1992, 41 have suffered from a mental health condition – with depression, anxiety and substance abuse being the most common issues.

Last night psychotherapist Dr Paul Hokemeyer, a leading expert on celebrity mental health, said fame is often associated with ‘fear, pain and loneliness’, and that major success can lead to impostor syndrome.

“The level of success achieved by Oscar-winning celebrities is beyond belief for about 99.9% of the population,” he said.

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Emma Stone, pictured, who won the same award in 2017 for La La Land, opened up about mental health issues

“The drive, hard work and confluence of circumstances it takes to get there is otherworldly. Because of this, once achieved, success seems empty and fraudulent. It’s undeserved.

Three-time Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis said his crippling depression was one of the reasons he decided to quit acting in 2017, aged just 60.

Nicolas Cage, who won Best Actor in 1996 for Leaving Las Vegas, has previously opened up about his alcohol abuse.

Jodie Foster, winner of the Best Actress gong for The Silence of the Lambs in 1992, and Emma Stone, who won the same award in 2017 for La La Land, also spoke about mental health issues.

Three-time Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis said his crippling depression was one of the reasons he decided to quit acting in 2017, aged just 60.

Three-time Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis said his crippling depression was one of the reasons he decided to quit acting in 2017, aged just 60.

Figures show that 10% of the general population have a mental health problem, but that figure rises to 68% among Oscar winners, according to research from Swiss and UK clinic Paracelsus Recovery, where treatment costs £72,000 per week.

Managing Director Jan Gerber said: “Art is a coping mechanism, and studies show a genetic link between creativity and conditions such as depression or bipolar disorder. Since Oscar winners are the best of the best when it comes to their creative endeavors, one can understand why they are at increased risk.

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