10 Celebrities Who Battle Depression

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  • Ellen DeGeneres The media frenzy caused by Ellen coming out in 1997 caused her to be mired in depression for three years. The controversy also reportedly put pressure on her relationship with then-girlfriend, Anne Heche, as well as contributed to the cancellation of her sitcom, Ellen.Rebounding with a vengeance, the talk show queen, now 52, currently is enjoying the success of a lifetime and is happily married to her longtime girlfriend, Portia de Rossi.
  • Halle Berry Youd think with titles like Academy Award Winner, Model and Beauty Queen it would be hard to get down on yourself. The Monsters Ball star went as far as attempting suicide after her failed marriages. On the horrific incident, and journey back, Halle, who is 44, says, 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 didnt love me didnt mean I was unlovable. I promised myself I would never be a coward again.
  • Barbara Bush

    Attributing it to the hormonal changes of menopause, the former First Lady, now 85, revealed that in the mid-70s she was so stricken with depression, she feared she might intentionally end her life by crashing her car.

  • Jim Carrey Rumored to be one of the reasons behind his split with Jenny McCarthy, Jim Carrey, 48, has battled depression on and off for years.
  • Lady Gaga Arguably the most famous woman in the world right now, Stephani Lady Gaga Germanotta is the latest celeb to cop to bouts of serious melancholy. The singer told OK! UK that she experiences loneliness, being on the road. She continued, I have a chronic sadness that recurs. The lowest point was in Australia in May. I was overwhelmingly sad, and I didnt know why, because I had all these things to be happy about.
  • Sheryl Crow

    The Grammy winner has credited a strict fitness and meditation routine as her depression antidote. Currently going through her happiest years, the singer, who is 48, has come a long way since her Prozac days.

  • Lorraine Bracco

    Talk about role reversal. Known for playing Tony Sopranos psychotherapist on The Sopranos, Lorraine Bracco, 53, suffered spurts of depression herself. The actress reportedly went through a time of feeling joyless, but in 2005, after successfully treating the problem with anti-depressants, she agreed to be the spokesperson for the drug Zoloft.

  • Billy Joel After battling depression for years, the famous singer attempted suicide by drinking furniture polish in 1970. The words on the note he left became the words to the hit, Tomorrow is Today, and he even jokes about the experience now. Now 61, hes said: I drank furniture polish. It looked tastier than bleach.
  • Ashley Judd This year, in life imitating art, Ashley Judd, 42, played a woman racked with depression in the movie, Helen. Nervous that the role would cause her to slip back into the disease, Judd had the script sent to her clinicians, who gave her the okay.Currently enjoying the sunnier side of life, Judd is a spokesperson against clinical depression.
  • Emma Thompson Last month, the Oscar-winning actress, 51, admit to suffering the blues now and again. She stated: I suffer from occasional mild depression, which I think is a very common thing -- it's fantastically common in my country and probably in yours, too -- and it's a very much hidden thing people don't talk about. I think it should be discussed."She plans on taking a sabbatical next year to spend more time with her family.