Depression is a type of mood disorder characterized by a downbeat mood that includes prolonged sadness, lack of interest in daily activities, sleep problems, suicidal thoughts, appetite changes, and physical conditions, etc.
Depression can affect people from all walks of life and of all age groups. Some famous people with depression are mentioned below. Even though both men and women can suffer from depression, it is more prevalent in women. Currently, depression in teenagers is quite common.
Depression is usually caused by some emotional pain that arises from the death of a loved one, loss of job, relationship breakup, some traumatic event, and health problems, etc. Depression is also said to have genetic links.
Depression can be completely cured with medications, proper counseling, support from friends and family members, and changes in lifestyle.
Famous people with depression
Some famous people who have suffered from depression are listed below:
- Buzz Aldrin: After coming back from a trip to the moon, Buzz Aldrin had to come to terms with a marriage that was on the verge of breakup. He doused himself into alcohol and subsequently fell into the very depths of depression. He had gone to the moon and back and there was not much left to achieve in life. After the dissolution of his second marriage, he realized that he had to seek help and hence joined the group ‘AA’ or ‘Alcoholics Anonymous’. He also sought professional help for depression. He is currently happily married for the third time and has abstained from alcohol for more than 30 years. According to Buzz the process of recovery is a ‘never-ending’ one.
- Jim Carrey: Who does not know Jim Carrey? Once the highest paid actor in Hollywood, Carrey literally made an enviable career by making people laugh. However, what many people do not know is the fact that his humor had its origins in the ‘desperation’ that he experienced while growing up with an unemployed father and an ailing mother. He had to quit high school and startworking full time to make ends meet. Carrey constantly battled with depression and took medications for a majority of his formative years and career. Currently, he has taken to spirituality to overcome the depression demons.
- Mike Wallace: He is an award-winning journalist who has interviewed numerous iconic personalities, from cultural legends to top politicians. Despite this, Wallace suffered from clinical depression bang in the middle of his career. He was unable to sleep or eat and termed his situation as one that was ‘copeless.’ He denied his condition for many years, but eventually sought professional help. He was able to successfully get his depression under control. Now he openly talks about this phase of his life in the hope that his experiences may help other people suffering from depression.
- Owen Wilson: Who can forget this lovable comedian’s attempt to commit suicide in 2007! The whole world was shocked by this news. No one would have thought that this man who made everyone laugh with his charisma and infectious smile, might be fighting with depression. However, away from the camera, Wilson was constantly battling several demons including drug addiction. The good news is that Wilson spent 11 weeks in the company of close friends and family and eventually bounced back from depression and his suicide attempt.
- Billy Joel: This 6 time Grammy award winner and talented performer has been known for his struggle with depression, which usually coincided with failed marriages and alcoholism. Joel tried to commit suicide in 1970; he later converted the accompanying suicide note into the memorable song ‘Tomorrow is today.’ Joel has been in and out of clutches of alcoholism and depression for a number of years. Currently his depression is mostly under control, although he maintains that is an ongoing and constant battle for him.
- Terry Bradshaw: He may be proud owner of 4 Super Bowl rings. However, Bradshaw’s hardest match has always been depression. Early on before seeking professional help, he used to drink as a form of self-medication. Later, after discussing his situation with his pastor, Bradshaw realized that the best effective cure for him was a combination of medicines and talk therapy. He now frankly talks about his experience so as to inform other patients that they are not alone. Bradshaw believes and wants people to deal with depression head-on as that is the best way.
- Brooke Shields: This well-known actress and model has now become famous as a symbol of how to cope with postpartum depression. She became pregnant in 2002. However, after delivery, she did not feel the elation associated with bringing a new life into the world. Instead she felt extreme sadness, had suicidal thoughts and tendencies, experienced severe depression, and faced many problems bonding with her firstborn. She eventually overcame it and wrote a book about her experience as a way to increase public awareness about the disorder.
- Deepika Padukone – Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone confessed that she was under depression in 2013 and 2014. Ironically, this was also the time, when she was doing wonderful professionally. Deepika said that she was feeling a sense of emptiness despite her professional success and her friend’s suicide dented her mental strength.
- Others: Catherine-Zeta Jones, John Hamm, Ashley Judd, Angelina Jolie, Paulina Porizkova, Christina Ricci, Heath Ledger, and Zach Braff are other famous people with depression.