Celebrities with Depression

  • Buzz Aldrin - Buzz Aldrin's Depression Information

    Buzz Aldrin is an American mechanical engineer, retired United States Air Force pilot and astronaut who was the Lunar Module pilot on Apollo 11, the first manned lunar landing in history. On July 20, 1969, he was the second human being to set foot on the Moon, following mission commander Neil Armstrong. His autobiographies Return to Earth, published in 1973, and Magnificent Desolation, published in June 2009, both provide accounts of his struggles with clinical depression and alcoholism in the years following his NASA career. His life improved considerably when he recognized and sought treatment for his problems, and with his marriage to Lois Aldrin.

  • Woody Allen - Woody Allen's Depression Information

    Woody Allen is an American filmmaker, screenwriter, actor, comedian, jazz musician, author and playwright. Woody fought his depression through the use of humor, which is a trend in many of his films. To help him manage his depression, Allen underwent psychoanalysis for a stretch of 30 years. Woody Allen stopped then turned to clinical therapy for his depression and following his sixth marriage to wife Previn, he ended his depression treatment.

  • Terry Bradshaw - Terry Bradshaw's Depression Information

    Bradshaw is a former American football quarterback with the Pittsburgh Steelers in the National Football League. He played 14 seasons. He is a football analyst and co-host of Fox NFL Sunday. In a six-year span, he won four Super Bowl titles with Pittsburgh (1974, 1975, 1978 and 1979), becoming the first quarterback to do so, and led the Steelers to eight AFC Central championships. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1989, his first year of eligibility. After his NFL career ended, Terry Bradshaw admitted to having experienced anxiety attacks after games. These attacks became worse following his third divorce and when his playing days in the NFL were over. Having dealt with clinical depression successfully, Bradshaw later championed against depression by publicly speaking against it and his successful use of Paxil CR in 2004.

  • Jim Carrey - Jim Carrey's Depression Information

    Jim Carrey is a Canadian-American actor and comedian. Carrey began stand-up comedy in 1979 while under the management of Leatrice Spevack, performing at Yuk Yuk's in Toronto, Ontario. After gaining prominence, Carrey went on to lead film roles in Liar Liar, the Ace Ventura Series, The Truman Show, Brice Almighty, and more. In a 60 Minutes interview in 2004, Carrey admitted to having dealt with depression and later beat it through spirituality: "There are peaks, there are valleys. But they're all kind of carved and smoothed out, and it feels like a low level of despair you live in. Where you're not getting any answers, but you're living OK. And you can smile at the office. You know? But it's a low level of despair... " "...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 OK..." Now, Carrey focuses on a healthier lifestyle: "I rarely drink coffee. I'm very serious about no alcohol, no drugs. Life is too beautiful."

  • Drew Carey - Drew Carey's Depression Information

    Drew Carey is an American comedian, actor, photographer, and game show host. After serving in the U.S. Marines and making a name for himself in stand-up comedy, Carey eventually gained popularity starring on his own sitcom, The Drew Carey Show, and serving as host on the U.S. version of Whose Line Is It Anyway?, both of which aired on ABC. In 1997, Carey published his autobiography, Dirty Jokes and Beer: Stories of the Unrefined - where he shared memories of his early childhood and of his father's death when he was eight. He also revealed that he was once molested, had suffered bouts of depression, and had made two suicide attempts by swallowing a large amount of sleeping pills.

  • Winston Churchill Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill was a British politician known chiefly for his leadership of the United Kingdom during the Second World War. He is widely regarded as one of the great wartime leaders. He served as prime minister from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955. A noted statesman and orator, Churchill was also an officer in the British Army, a historian, writer and artist. To date, he is the only British prime minister to have received the Nobel Prize in Literature, and the first person to be recognized as an honorary citizen of the United States.Churchill refused to label depression as "depression" and instead coined the term "Black Dog" in describing his condition. Churchill turned to visual arts as a safe haven from depression, though he continued to battle the Black Dog until his death in January, 1965.
  • Rodney Dangerfield - Rodney Dangerfield's Depression Information

    Rodney Dangerfield (born Jacob Cohen) was an American comedian, and actor, known for the catchphrases "I don't get no respect" or "I get no respect" and his monologues on that theme. He is also famous for his 1980s film roles, notably in Caddyshack and Back to School. In 1997 Dangerfield admitted to a lifelong bout with depression and eventually sought psychiatric help.

  • Richard Dreyfuss - Richard Dreyfuss' Depression Information

    Richard Dreyfuss is an American actor best known for starring in a number of film, television, and theater roles since the late 1960s, including the films American Graffiti, Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, The Goodbye Girl, Stakeout, Always, What About Bob?, and Mr. Holland's Opus. Dreyfuss won the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1977 for The Goodbye Girl, and was nominated in 1995 for Mr. Holland's Opus. Dreyfuss has publicly spoken about his battles with his bipolar disorder and symptoms including depression.

  • Adam Duritz - Adam Duritz's Depression Information

    Adam Duritz is an American musician, songwriter, record producer, and film producer. He best-known for his role as front man and vocalist for the alternative rock band, Counting Crows, in which he is a founding member and principle composer of their catalogue of songs. Adam Duritz revealed that while in his prime days in fame as lead singer for the group Counting Crows he suffered from mental illness, including severe depression. He was reported, in an interview with OK! Magazine as saying, "I've been dealing with mental illness, but I didn't want to say anything for a long time. I went crazy. It was scary."

  • Janet Jackson - Janet Jackson's Depression Information

    Janet Jackson is an American recording artist and actress. Born in Gary, Indiana, and raised in Encino, Los Angeles, she is the youngest child of the Jackson family of musicians. She first performed on stage with her family at the age of seven, and started her career as an actress with the variety television series The Jacksons in 1976. She went on to appear in other television shows throughout the 1970s and early 1980s, including Good Times and Fame. During the two year period prior to the release of her sixth studio album, The Velvet Rope, Jackson reportedly suffered from both depression and anxiety. Michael Saunders of The Boston Globe considered the album to be an introspective look into her bout with depression, describing it as a "critical self-examination and an audio journal of a woman's road to self-discovery."

  • Ashley Judd

    Ashley Judd confessed to Glamour Magazine that she once dealt with depression and sought out treatment for her depression symptoms. Judd said that she underwent in-patient treatment for depression after succumbing to pressure from employees at the facility that was treating her sister, country star Winona Judd, for a food addiction.

    In the interview, she said:

    But because my addictions were behavioral, not chemical, I wouldnt have known to seek treatment. At Shades of Hope, my behaviors were treated like addictions. And those behaviors were killing me spiritually, the same as someone who is sitting on a corner with a bottle in a brown paper bag.

    About Ashley Judd
    Ashley Judd (born April 19, 1968) is an American actress, who is best known for playing a number of strong characters in films such as Ruby in Paradise, Kiss the Girls, Double Jeopardy, Where the Heart Is and High Crimes.

  • Beyonc Knowles

    The powerhouse vocalist known simply as Beyonc fought off depression as she admitted in December of 2006.

    During the turmoil of her group, Destiny's Child in 2000, Knowles admitted that she had experienced depression from the combination of a number of life issues - most notably, the combination of the musical group breaking up, being publicly attacked by the media and accused for the split, and, her breakup with a longstanding boyfriend that she had dated from age 12 to 19 years of age.

    About Beyonc Knowles
    Beyonc Giselle Knowles (born September 4, 1981), often known simply as Beyonc is an American R&B and pop recording artist, actress and fashion model. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, she enrolled in various performing arts schools and was first exposed to singing and dancing competitions as a child. Knowles rose to fame in the late 1990s as the lead singer of the R&B girl group Destiny's Child, one of the world's best-selling girl groups of all time.

  • John Lennon

    Despite the happy-go-lucky persona we may associate with John Lennon, the Beatles star was once so depressed - servants of he and wife Yoko Ono would often discuss when and if they would come in to find that Lennon had taken his own life. These down times are what Lennon entered the '80's with - and the acute depression reportedly haunted him until his untimely death.

    About John Lennon
    John Winston Ono Lennon was an English singer-songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as one of the founding members of The Beatles, and together with Paul McCartney formed one of the most successful songwriting partnerships of the 20th century.

  • Abraham Lincoln

    Abraham Lincoln is easily one of the most recognized names in American history and politics. While he accomplished a great deal in his short life, he also fought off depression. The death of family members haunted Lincoln and his wife. Abraham Lincoln described himself as suffering from "melancholy" throughout his legal and political life, a condition which modern mental health professionals would now typically characterize as clinical depression.

    About Abraham Lincoln
    Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809 April 15, 1865) served as the 16th President of the United States from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. He successfully led his country through its greatest internal crisis, the American Civil War, preserving the Union and ending slavery.