Kit Harington Opens Up About ADHD and Rehab Experience

Exploring the unspoken challenges of celebrity mental health.

by Nouman Rasool
Kit Harington Opens Up About ADHD and Rehab Experience
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In a recent candid interview on The Hidden 20% podcast, famed actor Kit Harington delved into his personal struggles with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and mental health challenges during the height of his 'Game of Thrones' fame.

Hosted by Ben Branson, founder of non-alcoholic drink company Seedlip, the podcast offered Harington a platform to reveal the intricacies of his journey. "I realized that my life was hinging on this," Harington remarked, reflecting on the pivotal moment that led to a significant change in his life.

He expressed gratitude for finding the right help at the right time, which allowed him to carve a new path for himself.

Game of Thrones' Toll

Harington, who became a household name playing Jon Snow, admitted that the immense pressure and spotlight of 'Game of Thrones' heavily impacted his mental health.

He strived to maintain an image of sophistication and coolness, but internally, he was grappling with immense fear. "That is a dangerous rabbit hole to fall down because you find all of the bad stuff that people are saying as well as the nice stuff," he confessed, acknowledging that he experienced a breakdown following the conclusion of the iconic series.

The actor reached a critical point during his performance in 'True West' at London's West End between 2018 and 2019. It was during this time that Harington confronted his struggles and sought the necessary help. "It was during that play that I sort of collapsed and told people around me what was going on and finally took action," he shared.

Fortunately, Harington's mental health has seen improvement since his most recent visit to rehab. He credits his wife and former 'Game of Thrones' co-star, Rose Leslie, for being a steadfast support during his toughest times.

When Harington felt overwhelmed, Leslie would gently suggest simple tasks like taking a shower, which helped him reset and face the day. "And I go, 'OK,' because it's like my brain short-circuits. Then, I am able to start the day again," Harington added, shedding light on the daily coping mechanisms that have aided his ongoing recovery.