Gisele Bündchen is a member of a rare group of those that might be called “the beautiful people.” She is 38 years old and looks gorgeous. She is a supermodel that was the highest paid model in the world for 15 years until that title was taken by Kendall Jenner in 2017. As a young woman, she dated handsome, famous, rich guys and then she settled down to marry an NFL football superstar, Tom Brady. They have two lovely children.
Along with fame and fortune, Gisele created a nice family with a great husband. She has the picture-perfect life, so what could possibly be wrong?
In her recently released autobiography, Bündchen gives an intimate portrayal of her greatest challenges. She describes what it is like to suffer from debilitating panic attacks, severe depression, and feelings of suicide. In her book, Bündchen was open about the fact that she regretted getting breast implants. Even though this was good for her career, it did not make her feel better about herself.
The book is called Lessons: My Path to a Meaningful Life. The takeaway from the book is that Bündchen recommends seeking help for mental illness from friends, family, teachers, and specialists. In an interview with the Inquisitor, she says, “Asking for help is never a sign of failure but a sign of strength because your life is worth saving.”
Her book was released during the first week of October, which is the annual time of Mental Health Awareness Week. Bündchen was praised by fans for having the courage to tell her story. She says, “Sometimes we feel all alone, like there is no way out... Things can be looking perfect on the outside, but you have no idea what’s really going on.”
For those who have not felt this way, it is easy to be callous and make incorrect assumptions about mental illness. Those who have never suffered from these torments may say things like, “How could anyone with everything feel so bad?” They think it should be very easy for those with these problems to “snap out of it,” and “get on with life.”
Mental illness is not so easily dismissed. Feelings of hopelessness from depression and anxiety over panic attacks come up no matter what is going on. This is one of the reasons that there is such a stigma against those with mental illness.
Bündchen’s revelations in her book help create a deeper understanding of mental disorders and how it is possible to rise above them by getting help. Gisele is better now, happier, and still has the full support of her husband Tom Brady who stood by her for the past nine years.