When we look at celebrities, we see their stunning outfits, perfect pair of shoes, their relationship scandals, or their paychecks. We long to live their lives for a day, pray God to make us as wealthy as them, and daydream about the “what-if-scenarios”, which involve having a celebrity in our lives. However, behind this glittering success, there hides their period of darkness, where they struggled hard to get out of the pit of depression. As it turns out, having loads of money and success does not help to shield yourself from mental health and in some cases, the famous celebrities that cover famous magazines also battle against depression. Here is a list of such 5 famous celebrities that not only suffered from depression but got out of that darkness and rose like a Phoenix.
- Jim Carry
The person who never failed to bring a smile to our faces once was struggling to deal with depression. The hero of Mask sought the help of psychiatrist after his second failed marriage and relied on Prozac for a brief amount of time. However, he knew he must deal with depression without numbing it down with drugs. He stated in an interview that the most important thing is to get out of bed every day and say loudly that life is great and that’s what he did, and it was extremely difficult at times.
- Abraham Lincoln
Joshua Wolf Shenk, the biographer who published “Lincoln’s Melancholy: How Depression Challenged a President and Fueled His Greatness”, reported that Lincoln suffered from two major mental breakdowns, which even included suicidal statements. When he was 32, he wrote, “I’m now the most miserable man living”. However, he dealt with depression with humor and considered the most helpful antidote to depression is humor. It also helped Lincoln to find a way to connect with people, which was the most important factor in his presidency.
- Ellen DeGeneres
The famous host of a talk show, The Ellen Show, suffered from mental breakdown shortly after the revelation of her sexual orientation. She lost her show, was brutally attacked by public, and treated disrespectfully just because she declared that she is lesbian. She quoted, “Everything that I have ever feared happened to me and I went for making a huge pile of money to making no money so quickly that I went into a deep depression”. However, the comedian continued to work in the industry and ultimately found acceptance and now she successfully owns 30 Emmys, 20 People’s Choice Award (more than any other celebrity), and a Presidential Medal of Freedom.
- Matthew Perry
While fans of FRIENDS were having a barrel of laughs, the actor who played Chandler Bing was struggling with depression that led him to addiction. In fact, he confessed that he doesn’t remember three years of filming FRIENDS. Perry called his dark times as the loneliest and worst years of his life and he spent a better part of a decade in rehab for depression and opiates. With the help of his costars, he slowly began the path of recovery and now, he is substance-free and helps other Hollywood addicts to deal with their issues.
- J.K. Rowling
The life of J.K. Rowling before the success of Harry Potter is not so cheerful. She was a single mother, struggling with poverty, severe depression, and battling suicidal thoughts. Moreover, the concept of Dementors, the terrified creature who suck the happiness of humans, was inspired by her period of depression. However, she sought for help, pursued her dream to become an author and rest is known.