When it comes to depression, knowing that you are not the only one who suffers from it, can be a very comforting feeling. Depression is much more than feeling sad, crying or dressing in black. Sometimes it can be even crippling, leaving one feeling numb to all emotions. So when our idols speak out about their battle with depression, it’s a reminder of how difficult the disease can be. It also shows that it can affect anyone. Comedians, actors, authors, sportsmen and many other celebrities have been honest and candid about their struggles with the disease over the years. Here is a list made by Ranker of some of them, explaining how it feels to live with depression. And even though, they are raising awareness of the condition, please remember that depression affects everyone in a different way and this is just how these celebrities manage to live with it.
1. Sarah Silverman
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46-year-old comedian Sarah Silverman has always been open about her depression. While promoting her film I Smile Back, she spoke with NPR about her disease.
She said: “The depression I experienced felt like a chemical change. It was like my perspective of the world changed about three degrees, and everything I saw was different. It feels like I’m terribly homesick, but I’m home. There’s no way to satiate it.”
2. Kristen Bell
The Good Place actress who was born in Huntington Woods, Michigan, admitted that she uses antidepressants to regulate her mood. The 36-year-old said: “My mom’s a nurse and when I was 18 said, ‘If you start to feel like you are twisting things around you, and you feel like there is no sunlight around you and you are paralyzed with fear, this is what it is’. I got on a prescription when I was really young and I still take it today.”
3. Wayne Brady
The 44-year-old versatile comedian revealed he suffered from clinical depression and has experienced thoughts of self-loathing quite often due to the disease.
“Having a bad day is one thing, having a bad week is another, having a bad life… You don’t want to move, you can’t move in the darkness. You’re like, ‘I am just going to sit right here and I want to wallow in this. As much as it hurts, I am going to sit right here because this is what I deserve. This is what I deserve, so I am going to sit here because I am that horrible of a person.’”
4. Winona Ryder
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Girl, Interrupted is a true story movie remake of Susanna Kaysen’s eponymous memoir, where the writer is played by Winona Ryder. The story is based on Susanna’s experiences at a renowned mental institution for troubled young women, and playing the role was extremely personal for the 46-year-old actress since she suffers from depression herself. Speaking about her role in the film, Winona said:
“It’s such a cliche, but when you’re depressed you really do think you’re the only one going through it. The book really captured that time in your life that’s so confusing and so oddly funny and weird. And she captured it with honesty and without being self-indulgent, in a way I hadn’t seen since Salinger wrote about it in Catcher in the Rye. And that’s saying a lot.”
5. Christine Teigen
The 31-year-old model who was born in Delta, Utah had a postpartum depression after giving birth to her daughter Luna. In an interview with Glamour, she said: “I would be in my dressing room, sitting in a robe, getting hair and makeup done, and a crew member would knock on the door and ask, ‘Chrissy, do you know the lyrics to this song?’ and I would lose it. Or ‘Chrissy, do you like these cat ears, or these panda hands?’ And I’d be like: ‘Whatever you want. I don’t care.’ They would leave. My eyes would well up and I would burst into tears.”
6. J. K. Rowling
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The famous Harry Potter author has suffered from clinical depression in the past and has admitted the Dementors in the series are a metaphor for the disease. When a fan asked her how to deal with their personal Dementors, the ninth-best-selling fiction author of all time tweeted back, “They’re bothering a unique, valuable human being who deserves happiness. Ask for help. Don’t fight alone. Big hug.”
7. Brooke Shields
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The 51-year-old actress once told Oprah what happened when her husband confronted her about her postpartum depression. She said: ” He went out to get a changing table and he came back much sooner than I thought. And he sat down and burst into tears. He said, ‘What is wrong with you? You don’t sing to the baby. You don’t even look at the baby.’ He said, ‘I was in the store and there were women who are happy to hold their children.’ He just couldn’t handle seeing them and knowing what he had waiting for him at home.”
8. Catherine Zeta-Jones
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The Welsh actress who was born and raised in Swansea, UK, suffers from bipolar II disorder. She was hospitalized back in 2011 and spoke about her struggles with the disease in a 2016 interview. Catherine said: “Finding out that it was called something was the best thing that ever happened to me. The fact that there was a name for my diagnosis and that a professional could talk me through my symptoms was very liberating. There are amazing highs and very low lows.”
9. Tipper Gore
The social issues advocate who was Second Lady of the United States from 1993 to 2001 and the former wife of politician Al Gore opened up about her depression in a 1999 interview, saying: “It was definitely clinical depression and one that I was going to have to have help to overcome. When you get to this point… you just can’t will your way out of that or pray your way out of that or pull yourself up by the bootstraps out of that. You really have to go and get help.”
10. Jared Padalecki
The 34-year-old actor who is best known for his role as Sam Winchester on the TV show Supernatural has been honest about his depression. He said: “I was 25 years old. I had my own TV show. I had dogs that I loved and tons of friends and I was getting adoration from fans and I was happy with my work, but I couldn’t figure out what it was… It’s not just people who can’t find a job, or can’t fit in in society that struggle with depression sometimes.”
11. Dwayne Johnson
Dwayne Douglas Johnson, also known by his ring name The Rock gave an inspiring message to others suffering from depression. The 44-year-old actor said: “I found that, with depression, one of the most important things you could realize is that you’re not alone. You’re not the first to go through it; you’re not going to be the last to go through it. And oftentimes — it happens — you just feel like you’re alone.”
12. Sheryl Crow
The singer who in addition to her successful music career is also known for her outspoken views on politics, reminded everyone that depression can start as early as childhood. She said: “I grew up in the presence of melancholy, a feeling of loss over things that maybe I don’t have or never had… It is a shadow for me. It’s part of who I am. It is constantly there. I just know how, at this point, to sort of manage it.”