Kim Yoo Jung
The face of Laneige says stress makes her extremely tired and lethargic. It even affected her ability to continue acting. In February, she suspended all of her activities due to health reasons.
But the star now has her own special way of dealing with stress. “If I see the inevitable stress that I get in life as a big wave every time, it will swallow me up like a tsunami. If I see it as gentle waves that come and go, it’s easier to forget about them,” says Yoo Jung. She added that stated that her goal of 2018 is taking care of herself more and spending more time with her fans.
Behind her chirpy and happy-go-lucky demeanour we are used to seeing on screen lies a long battle with depression, which is exacerbated by periods of stress.
Luckily, things did get better for Michelle, both professionally and in terms of mental health. She filled the void she felt by and stopped herself from going into that downwards spiral by going behind the camera to get that creative outlet she desired.
Jeanette’s portrayal of an actress who falls into depression after a series of setbacks and mishaps in the 2015 drama series, “The Dream Makers II,” cuts so deep to the core of human emotion that it is kind of unsurprising that she’s had her fair share of mental turmoil to get into character.
In an Instagram post that same year, the actress stressed the importance of being supportive of those who might be going through a tough time.
At her lowest ebb, Eelyn was so down with stress and depression, she locked herself in her room for six whole months. Fortunately, she managed to get herself out of that dark place. She found strength through religion, regular exercise, reading inspirational books and listening to “Survivor”, a song by Destiny’s Child.
Quan Yi Fong
According to figures from Singhealth, about 10 to 15 per cent of women who give birth develop post-partum depression, a serious, long-lasting condition that’s more than just baby blues. It can happen to anyone. Exhaustion, sleep deprivation and other stressors take a toll on many women.
Yi Fong suffered from post-natal depression after the birth of her daughter, Eleanor, in 1999 and has received treatment for clinical depression , sleep problems and anxiety since 2007.
Life hasn’t always been a bed of roses for the athleisure guru and local actress, At one point,she even starved herself for two weeks because she felt insecure about her looks and her weight dropped by 4 kg.
She eventually gave up on the idea because it cause her too much stress, which eventually lead to depression. But today, she says she has a healthier attitude.
Working hard for a dream can be utterly exhausting, especially when you are in the public eye, and perhaps no one knows that better than Julie Tan.
She was body-shamed online so badly while trying to break into the industry that she even contemplated going under the knife. Julie also revealed that she “had very bad anxiety attacks and during that period of time, I couldn’t cope with the stress and pressure”.
Stefanie said in an interview that: “There was a period when I was working non-stop and getting increasingly depressed.”
In that same interview, she revealed that she battled with such emotions for a year and finally got over it when she thought about the people she worked with and realised that they work just as hard, but don’t get to enjoy the kind of perks she does.
Going through heartbreak is a brutal experience, one that could understandably worsen symptoms of stress. Yvonne shared that she suffered from extreme depression following the stress of one of her ex-boyfriends leaving her some years ago.
Thankfully, she recovered when she thought of her family. Today, Yvonne is in a happy place and is residing in Taipei with her husband and ex-Taiwanese boy band B.A.D member Alex Tien and two kids.
(Text: Letty Seah, HerWorld / Additional Reporting: Natalya Molok)