What Famous People With Depression Have Said About The Condition
By Danni Peck
Updated December 14, 2018
Depression is a mental health diagnosis that causes one to have feelings of hopelessness, sadness or loneliness. It is an illness that does not discriminate. It can affect both sexes, male and female. It can affect the middle class, the low class, and the high class, similarly. Depression can affect children, teenagers, adults and the elderly, alike.
Given this, there are hundreds of celebrities and famous people that have reported that they suffer from depression. These are often revealed through interviews, tweets or Facebook posts. Celebrities tend to get more attention through discussing these topics due to their social status. Therefore, celebrities have been able to use their voices to raise awareness about depression, the symptoms, the treatment and the stigma. They attempt to reach their fans and to help others realize that they are not alone in their feelings and emotions. Here are what some famous people have said regarding the debilitating effects of depression.
The model has spoken out about her diagnosis of depression in the past and also wrote some very candid tweets about the subject. She wrote, "I suffer from depression and was a model during a particularly rough patch of self-hatred. I am so lucky for the work I get to do, but I used to work to try and escape and just ended up completely exhausting myself. I am focusing on filming and trying to learn how not to pick apart my every flaw. I am good at that."
Cara shows that being beautiful and thin does not necessarily equate happiness. Many other factors weigh into depression. Despite her many fans who constantly express their love and admiration, Cara states that she had such self-hatred that she'd constantly work to try to escape from her life.
The comedian and actor on overcoming his depression: "I was on Prozac for a long time. It may have helped me out of a jam for a little bit, but people stay on it forever. I had to get off at a certain point because I realized that, you know, everything's just okay. You need to get out of bed every day and say that life is good. That's what I did, although at times it was very difficult for me."
Jim Carrey's message to the world says to be strong, be hopeful and that you can conquer depression. As Jim mentioned, many people stay on antidepressants for the rest of their lives. However, Jim has demonstrated that by using appropriate coping skills, he was able to get off the medication and find hope again in his life. Without a doubt, Jim probably has some very dark days, but he is showing that he can persevere through them at this point in his life.
Winona Ryder said, "You can't pay enough money to cure that feeling of being broken and confused. It's not like every day's been great ever since. You have good days and bad days, and depression's something that, y'know, is always with you." In doing so, she gave her fans a gentle reminder that depression is not a virus that will pass or an infection that an antibiotic will fix. For many, it is a lifelong illness that rears its ugly head at the most inconvenient times. She also mentions that there is no amount of money that can cure depression, proving that the illness does not care if you are rich or poor, if it is going to strike you, it will.
Glenn reports that she was diagnosed with depression in 2008. About the illness, she says, "I felt this inertia that would come over me … You think of something, and it just seems too much, too hard. That's how it manifested in me." In Glenn's case, it shows that depression can strike anyone at any point in their lives. When depression does begin to affect people, it debilitates them and can take over their entire life until it is under control. This is why it's extremely important to seek help from professionals. Depression cannot be cured, but it can be manageable with the right help and treatment.
"I was sitting in my car, and I knew the gas was coming when I had an image of my mother finding me. She sacrificed so much for her children, and to end my life would be an incredibly selfish thing to do. My sense of worth was so low. I had to reprogram myself to see the good in me. Because someone didn't love me didn't mean I was unlovable. That's what the break-up of my marriage reduced me to. It took away my self-esteem. It beat me down to the lowest of lows."
What Halle Berry describes is how depression can control your thinking, and no memory is safe. After her divorce, her feelings of being unwanted and unlovable stemmed from events that occurred in her childhood and stirred up these painful memories again. Again, this is the importance of having the support of a therapist. When these events occur, as they will throughout life, you will have someone available to support you and help you through those dark moments, so you do not have to sit alone in your car contemplating harming yourself, as Halle Berry describes.
The Superstar singer describes just how debilitating depression can be when she writes, "I was angry, cynical and had this deep sadness like an anchor dragging everywhere I go. I just didn't feel like fighting anymore. I didn't feel like standing up for myself one more time - to one more person who lied to me. I felt like I was dying - my light completely out."
Lady Gaga is well known for her advocacy for women's rights and basic human rights for all. For her fans to hear that she didn't feel like fighting anymore demonstrates just how down and broken she felt at that moment. While this is likely a battle that Lady Gaga will be fighting for a long time, if not forever, she has demonstrated how she was able to find a little fight left in her to manage her condition and continue being a fighter for those rights that she strongly believes in.
The famous boxer said, "I could put all my opponents in one ring and battle all of them, but this monster is going to be the toughest fight of my life." It is clear that he acknowledges how strong depression is and how hard it is to get a handle on the illness. Depression causes ups and downs, sometimes daily, sometimes hourly. Therefore, one course of treatment does not always work, as thoughts change and so does what is effective for them. Therefore, as Oscar de la Hoya describes, it is a continuous fight throughout one's life to manage the symptoms of depression.
Funnyman Terry Bradshaw spoke out about depression and said, "…and when the depression thing came out, everyone says, well how can you be depressed, you're such a funny guy? But, depression doesn't rob you of your personality."
Depression does not have to define you unless you allow it to. Depression is something that you have, but not something that you are. Just as if someone had high blood pressure or anemia, yes they may be anemic, but that is not all that you remember about them. The same is with depression. In the darkest moments, to those suffering, they may only be able to think of themselves as depressed. But, as they receive the proper treatment, they will understand that they are not the illness and that illness does not define them.
These celebrities opened up about their struggles to raise awareness about depression. They are likely hoping that they get to reach others who are going through similar situations as them and help them through their dark moments. As described by many of the celebrities, depression is manageable. It is important to find the right treatment team to help you handle the symptoms that come along with this illness.
Therefore, it is important that you find a licensed therapist that you can trust. There are hundreds of licensed therapists available online at BetterHelp, where you can utilize the convenience of having your private chat room with your therapist. Many find online therapists beneficial as you can write to them in your own time and do not have to make a separate appointment outside of the home to get to.
When symptoms of depression strike, it is hard enough to get out of bed some days, let along muster up the strength to get yourself to an appointment. With BetterHelp, you can speak to your therapist from the comfort of your own home. Be sure, to be honest with them so that they can help make the treatment plan that best meets your needs. Also, it is very important to remember that if you ever have thoughts of harming yourself or others, this is a medical emergency. Get yourself to the nearest emergency room to be evaluated and begin receiving proper treatment.