Depression is one of the most unseen epidemics that is running its course through our country and, truly, the whole world. Did you know that there are almost 15 million American every year that suffer from some form of major depressive disorder? It’s true! Depression seems to strike without discrimination and even our young are not free from dealing with depression. This mental condition is one of the leading causes of suicide as well as a whole number of other physical problems. The most surprising thing we can tell you about depression is that even our rich and wealthy have suffered from it. Here are 8 celebs that you would never guess suffered from severe depression.
Some men struggle with mental depression in very obvious and vocal ways. Sometimes the people that you would expect to be depressed aren’t and those that are handsome and successful are. For ‘Mad Men’ star Jon Hamm, getting over his depression was a crisis of early adolescence. Jon lost his father when he was 20 years old and immediately fell into a deep depression. He struggled with it for years but always sought help. Hamm says that he sought therapy and used antidepressants to help fight back. On his career in acting Hamm says, “The theater department seems to be the way station for the orphans and all the people who don’t fit in anywhere else.” Hamm definitely used his early aged grief to help steer his career in the arts.
Catherine Zeta-Jones basically invented the term, ‘Dark and beautiful, for hollywood starlets in the early ’90s. She’s also been waging an unseen war with her own mental health, as evidenced by her bipolar 11 disorder diagnosis. The star of such films as ‘Chicago’ and ‘Oceans 12′ went through a serious bout of depression following Michael Douglas’ bout with throat cancer. Her husband admitted that he had no idea as to her suffering, citing her ancestry as one of the reasons. Douglas told reporters, ‘Catherine is Welsh, you never see them in bad spirits right?” Despite her problems, and the ones between their marriage, Zeta-Jones has fought off her major depression by seeking depression treatment in the form of therapy and medication.
In a blink of an eye Winona Ryder went from the beautiful and quirky ‘girl next door’ to the fringes of Hollywood. Sure her shoplifting arrest is common knowledge and her work in films like ‘Black Swan’ and ‘Homefront’ has kept her relevant, but it is her battle with depression that is so notable at this point in her career. Winona suffers from severe anxiety and was thrown into bouts of depression after the very public dissolving of her relationship with superstar Johnny Depp. Following the break up Ryder had to seek therapy and was eventually instituted for a brief spell to attack her mental problems. Since that point in time Ryder has refused to take on lead roles in film work due to the stress that it puts on her emotionally.
For Fall Out Boy bassist and songwriter Pete Wentz, emotional vulnerability was the best way to get ahead in the game. Wentz is known for his cutting, cathartic, and sometimes macabre take on the pop rock genre. Apparently the words he wrote were not an act, as it has come to light that the famous musician routinely struggled with mental issues including a severe bout of depression that culminated in an attempted suicide. Wentz detailed the story of his suicide attempt in an interview with Playboy. In 2005, presumably at the top of the world, Wentz and a friend got loaded on drugs and alcohol and ended up playing a dark game of Russian Roulette. Wentz also recalled a moment where he tried to overdose on Ativan. Now, with children in tow, Wentz seems to be on the straight and narrow. he claims a good support system and great friends have kept him mentally well.
Russel Brand can safely be called one of the most divisive comedians in modern Hollywood. His style of work is abrasive, in your face, and almost crippled with raunchiness. It turns out that the mans comedy is a mirror to his own emotional turmoil. Brand has famously been noted as a man who struggled with just about every addiction possible, from drugs to sex, and these addictions have weighed down on his mental health. Brand has suffered from depression and bulimia and has multiple times been forced to seek help for both. Brand seems over these issues and he is now focusing his energies toward becoming an activist for the people.
Ellen DeGeneres hasn’t always been one of talk show televisions most revered hosts. In fact, the famously homosexual actress once suffered from her beliefs. In 1997, after coming out as a lesbian, DeGeneres faced a dark time in her career. The actress lost her television show and soon saw offers start to dry up from the rest of Hollywood. DeGeneres faced a dark couple of years in which she saw her relationships crumble, her career take a nose dive, and her own mental health come under fire. DeGeneres battle with depression was eventually won and Ellen has since become one of the most bankable television names in the world. You can catch Ellen every day on television as one of the most affable hosts around.
Many men would kill to have what Brad Pitt has had for the last couple of decades. The Hollywood Heartthrob is one of the most bankable actors in the industry and his carefully managed career has turned him into a global legend. Things weren’t always easy for the star of ‘Fight Club’ as Brad Pitt reveals that he fought depression back in the ’90s. Pitt told reporters that he felt himself ‘wasting away’ and that he turned into a ‘stoner’ without any sort of compass in life. Pitt was so disgusted with himself, and his reliance on marijuana, that he sank into a pit of depression and self loathing. Brad points to his marriage to Jennifer Aniston as one of the other reasons for his funk. He claims that the two never really had what it took to be together and that they ‘faked it’ for a long time before realizing that it was hopeless. Brad eventually pulled himself up, as men with his success and abilities are wont, and eventually got himself clean and back on track. His famous marriage with Angelina Jolie reportedly revitalized him so much that it completely changed his life. Pitt has told reporters that Jolie ‘lives life’ in a way that few others do and that she has been integral in getting him re-focused on his artwork and living an enjoyment filled life.
It is sort of fitting that one of the most magical authors of all time had to do battle with depression and the associated mental problems. J.K. Rowling rose to prominence off of the performance of her fantastic series, “Harry Potter”. Before long the books were a world wide phenomenon and Rowling was the richest female author on the planet. Before all of that happened, though, Rowling was struggling with a mad case of depression. Things got so bad for the famous British author that she even contemplated taking her own life. It sort of makes sense, we suppose. Rowling was a struggling single mother suffering to make ends meet. Her famous novels were written on crumpled napkins in between jobs and nothing was guaranteed. Rowling put bits and pieces of her depression into her writing with the most famous example being the monstrous Dementors. Dementors exist solely to feed on the life force and happiness of people around them, an obvious allusion to depression.