Famous People With Social Anxiety Disorder

by | Feb 2, 2017 | Building an online business | 10 comments

It seems an oxymoron doesn’t it, Fame and Social Anxiety.

I have to admit that it isn’t easy to understand.

Why would anyone with Social Anxiety want to put themselves in the limelight?

The long and the short of it is though, I suppose, if you only ever wanted to be an actor/football star/racing driving/singer etc then that is what you should be doing, no matter what.

It is easy to disbelieve these famous people who put themselves in the limelight on a daily basis.

“She can’t have Social Anxiety Disorder.  Look at the way she behaves on stage!”

“How can he have Social Anxiety Disorder when he spends most of his time in the public eye?”Stage Fright

“I have Social Anxiety Disorder and you wouldn’t get me on the big screen so they can’t have anxiety”

I can see how this can look but I know that I was a teacher for years and remember the same sort of incredulity.

“You spend all day in front of a class of 30 children”

“I’ve seen you enjoying yourself on the playground”

“You couldn’t talk to all those parents if you have Social Anxiety Disorder!’

Just because someone doesn’t seem to be the typical sufferer (whatever that is) surely it isn’t fair to judge them without knowing them as people, rather than someone we know from the public stage.

I’m convinced that some people, famous or not, will jump on the band wagon and insist they have any number of anxieties, ailments or disorders if it means they get special benefits but until proved otherwise, who are we to judge?Judging someone

I’ve been looking around at the number of famous people who have social anxiety disorder.  (Actually my initial sentence read ‘I’ve been looking around at the number of famous people who claim to have social anxiety disorder’ but it didn’t seem fair!)

Below is a list of website links with articles about famous people with social anxiety disorder for you to read more about them.






It’s not nice to be judged by people who have no idea about us so who are we to judge others we don’t really know?

What are your thoughts?

Please leave a comment in the box below.  It would be interesting to hear other’s views.


  1. Edward McKinney

    That is kind of unthinkable to be in the public eye and have this disorder. I don’t have a problem being social per say, but for some reason, I get stressed when I have to call someone for work purposes. Like, I get emotionally drained.
    Thanks for the article!


    • Jackie

      It can hit us in many different ways can’t it, Ed?
      Thanks for stopping by.
      Take Care

  2. Mike

    Each of us has anxieties, afflictions and disorders in various doses. Because we are unique, we vary from the norm (because there isn’t one!). We can have strengths and weaknesses in a particular area when measured against others. All of us should leave the judgment to others.

    • Jackie

      Very well said Mike.
      I agree totally.
      Thanks for stopping by

  3. Eddie Seeley

    Hi Jackie,
    I really enjoyed reading this. We can be far too quick to judge others, especially those in the public eye.
    I used to give sales pitches to the boards of companies such as Nokia and Apple but consider myself as a rather shy person. People constantly told me this was simply not possible.
    Unless you actually know someone as a person you shouldn’t judge them. As the old saying goes, “never judge a book by it’s cover.”


    • Jackie

      Hi Eddie,
      Thanks for visiting and commenting.
      It’s a good saying isn’t it – Never jusdge a book by its cover?
      Take care

  4. Chad

    I’ve struggled with anxiety my entire adult life. Sometimes, even the social kind. It’s amazing and inspiring to know that there are those in the “limelight” who are struggling as well, yet are pushing forward and conquering. Certainly no judgment here. You never know what a person is going through on the inside. I’ve worn many masks over the years and there are only a few people in my personal life that know the demons that I fight. It’s the fear of judgment that can make it even worse. Great article!

    • Jackie

      Hello Chad
      Thank you so much for your comment.
      Social Anxiety sufferers become great actors don’t you think? Those masks we wear are sometimes the only way we can get through the day.
      I don’t know if you have read my article Fear of the Illusion but writing was actually quite therapeutic for me.
      Thanks again for visiting my site

  5. Cameron

    Hey, Jackie. I’m glad you posted this, because it shows that people are able to override their weaknesses, if not overcome them entirely. It really brings out the strength in someone when they are put to the challenge of being in the spotlight, and not letting their social anxiety stop them from being successful.


    • Jackie

      Hey Cameron, thanks for stopping by.
      I hadn’t thought of this aspect before so thanks for bringing it up.
      Social anxiety can give you the feeling of being totally helpless and hopeless but actually it show great strength to try to overcome the fears associated with any anxiety disorder.
      thanks again


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