Celebrities and Depression

(* 4. April 1979 in Perth, Western Australia, ...

Heath Ledger (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It’s no surprise that on the road to (or fall from) fame celebrities fall into the deep hole that is depression. Call it “the blues,” biological depression, major depression, but not “being emo (a whole ‘nother blog post…) John M. Grohol, Psy.D. of PsychCentral.com defines clinical depression as this: “feeling sad and depressed for weeks or months at a time (not just a passing blue mood), accompanied by feelings of hopelessness, lack of energy, and taking little or no pleasure in things that gave you joy in the past.” The pressures of being a major success, or even the struggles of becoming successful can have it’s perils on the human mind. Many celebrities have struggled with it some, like Brooke Shields, Tyler Perry, and Jim Carrey, manage it successfully. Others, like Kurt Cobain or Heath Ledger, didn’t.

For some, medicine is the best treatment, for others, more natural methods, like exercising, a change of diet and maybe a little acupuncture and spiritual guidance is best. Still for others, a combination might work. It’s best to be aware of your own wishes, and if you are diagnosed with this condition do what works for you.

*In no way am I a doctor of course, but the opinion expressed above still holds true.


One thought on “Celebrities and Depression

  1. Woo hoo! Yeah! Jim Carrey! The greatest actor alive! He used to be on Prozac and even recently went back on it but found that it made him miserable and he started taking suppliments for it instead.


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