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It’s easy to think of celebs, famous and successful people as having it all, but many of the world’s most renowned people are fighting serious depression behind locked doors of their huge mansions. As it turns out, a wealthy and famous lifestyle does not automatically protect one from a mental disorder, and in certain situations, it may even increase the sad, lonely, and anxious feelings that lead to depression.

The celebrities with clinical depression on this list have struggled to a varying degree while in the public glare. However, by coming out about their disorders without shame, these famous people who suffered from depression have demonstrated that they have not only survived but that they are also motivated to make mental disorders a commonplace topic of discourse for everyone suffering – famous or not.

Kristen Bell

Whether you recognize Kristen Bell for her voice, advertisements, or her confident role in “Bad Moms”, one aspect you probably don’t know about her is her significant depression. Bell confessed that she has been taking medicine for anxiety and depression for a long time in an appearance on YouTube’s Off-Camera Show. Her confession, on the other hand, is devoid of any sense of shame. Bell’s mother and grandmother both had serotonin imbalances, so she learned early on that getting treatment and taking medication is not a sign of weakness. “You would never deny a diabetic his insulin,” Bell wisely observes, “but for some reason, when someone needs a serotonin inhibitor, they’re immediately ‘crazy’ or something.”

Jim Carrey

Jim Carrey is arguably among history’s most renowned comedians, but in an appearance with 60 Minutes, the comic stunned many when he revealed that he had struggled with depression for much of his life. Carrey sought help from a doctor after the latter of his 2 unsuccessful marriages, and he was given a prescription of Prozac. Carrey confesses that the antidepressant got him out of a jam at first, but he also understood that he couldn’t continue on it indefinitely. “I had to get off [Prozac] at a certain point,” Carrey remarked. “You need to get out of bed every day and say that life is good. That’s what I did, although at times it was very difficult for me.” Carrey attributes his improved mental health to natural supplements and a nutritious diet.

Johnny Depp

On-screen, star actor Johnny Depp may appear to be a chameleon, but during any interview talk, you will see just a man whose sagging posture, garbled words, and facial gestures reveal what was formerly a major secret: Depp deals with extreme anxiety. Certainly, Depp’s anxiousness has been a big cause of depression and discomfort, to the point that he has regular access to therapists, also on set, who counsels him on how to effectively deal with his worry and prevent it from driving him into serious depression.

Anne Hathaway

Since her breakthrough role in Disney’s The Princess Diaries at the age of 19, Anne Hathaway’s career has rarely slowed. However, in a 2007 interview with Tatler magazine, Hathaway claimed that she struggled from melancholy and anxiety in the years leading up to her big break. Hathaway claims she was able to get through her pain without the use of drugs during that period. Hathaway has noted that when she thinks back to her problematic younger self, “I am sorry she was hurting for so long. It’s all so negatively narcissistic to be so consumed with self.”

Chris Evans

He might not be afraid of much as Captain America. However, star Chris Evans has struggled with depression as a result of his crippling anxiety. Evans expressed how he feels when he’s in the spotlight in an interview: “A red carpet lasts, what, 30 minutes, tops? But that to me is like 30 minutes of walking on hot coals. It’s not like a junket — junkets you sit in a room and they bring them in. I can do that all day and not have a meltdown. But the premiere — that’s overwhelming. It’s the volume of it: You’re in the center of this thing. You can fight a whole army if they line up one at a time. But if they surround you, you’re f-ed.”

Jon Hamm

Jon Hamm, a well-known actor, suffered his first bout of serious depression when he was 20 years old, shortly after the death of his father (his mother already died 10 years ago from stomach cancer). Though Hamm credits his rehabilitation to the disciplined environments of work and college, he also cites therapy and antidepressants with  “changing his brain chemistry enough to think: I want to get up in the morning. I don’t want to sleep until 4 in the afternoon.”  Despite the fact that Hamm rose to prominence as Mad Men’s Don Draper over a decade ago, it appears the Golden Globe and Emmy winner is still battling his problems. He enrolled in a 30-day rehab center in Connecticut in May 2015.

J.K. Rowling

Despite the fact that the woman behind Harry Potter provided joy to millions, she admits to feeling depressed while writing magical books. Her terrible moods influenced the soul-sucking entities known as Dementors in her series. In 2010, she told Oprah Winfrey, “It’s so difficult to describe [depression] for someone who’s never been there because it’s not sadness.” “But it’s that cold absence of feeling — that really hollowed-out feeling.”

Ellen Degeneres

Ellen Degeneres’ famous comedy show was canceled in 1998, soon after she disclosed she was a lesbian. “Everything that I ever feared happened to me,” Degeneres once said. “I lost my show. I’ve been attacked like hell. I went from making a lot of money on a sitcom to making no money. When I walked out of the studio after five years of working so hard, knowing I had been treated so disrespectfully for no other reason than I was gay, I just went into this deep, deep depression.” However, the comedienne persisted in the profession, finally finding acceptance and joy with an Emmy-winning television program and a memorable role as an amnesiac fish in Pixar’s Finding Nemo movie.

Harrison Ford

During his boyhood and college years, the actor known for performances like Indiana Jones and Han Solo experienced symptoms that match the definition of depression (except that he has never used the phrase). Ford, a shy child, was severely beaten by his friends on a regular basis for years. He didn’t fit in even in college, and as a consequence, he fell into a funk that would include napping long hours, missing lectures, and academic struggles. He was eventually expelled from school. Ford’s luck changed in his freshman year of college when he enrolled in a theatre class and began the process of combating his shyness.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Actor and Entertainer Joseph Gordon-Levitt left the hit show 3rd Rock From the Sun in 2001 after 5 years to concentrate on education. However, the young actor quickly went into a profound depression, confident that his decision would have a negative impact on his career. According to his description in Details magazine,  “I was scared and depressed for a while. Not that I had any reason to f-ing be depressed — I mean, I was going to college and everything. It was not like I was hungry.” The sentiments persisted, but it wasn’t until Gordon-Levitt dropped out of school and went to Hollywood that he had been able to regain emotional equilibrium.

Angelina Jolie-Pitt

Angelina Jolie-Pitt was a severely depressed teen before becoming an Oscar winner, United Nations Goodwill Ambassador, director, writer, and mother of 6. Jolie-Pitt, who’s always been candid about her struggles with mental problems, has even admitted that she cut herself and hired a hitman to kill her amid her severe episodes of depression. Though things got better for Jolie-Pitt once she achieved Hollywood success and became a mother, she was once again immersed in depression in 2007, following the death of her mother to cancer. She chose a different path back to good health this time, taking the main role in the action film “Wanted” in hopes of “doing something physical” and just getting out of her head. “I felt I was going into a very dark place, and I wasn’t capable of getting up in the morning,” Jolie-Pitt explained, “so I signed up for something that would force me to be active.”

Michael Phelps

With a total of 28 medals, retired professional swimmer Michael Phelps is by far the most successful and distinguished Olympian of all time, but that didn’t make him impervious to depression. “I think I fell into a major state of depression after every Olympics,” Phelps said in a 2018 interview with CNN, admitting to self-medicating with narcotics and considering suicide. Through the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and the Michael Phelps Foundation, he now employs his experience to help others.

Imani Boyette

Imani Boyette, a professional basketball player, has struggled with depression since she was molested by a member of the family when she was a child. She attempted suicide for the first time when she was ten years old, and she attempted suicide twice more. Boyette now works for the Oregon-based NGO Sparks of Hope as a spokesman and summer camp counselor. She tells her tale to promote mental health awareness, particularly among African-Americans, and to assist children who have been abused.

Chloe Kim

The lows of mental health are different for everyone. Chloe Kim, an Olympian, appeared to be on her way to victory. At the age of 17, the Long Beach, California native had become the youngest woman to win an Olympic gold medal in snowboarding. You would assume Kim was on an unbelievable high after her victory, but the contrary was true. In a recent TIME interview, Kim opened up her experiences with depression and racism after the Games, saying, “It makes you angry. I just wanted a day where I was left alone.”

Eminem

Eminem recounts his struggle with depression beyond a decade ago in his autobiographical, The Way I Am. Despite having grown up in challenging circumstances, the rapper was left reeling in 2006 following the assassination of his close buddy and D12 member Proof. His tumultuous relationship with his ex-wife didn’t improve matters. Eminem reminisced, “I have never felt so much pain in my life. It was tough for me to even get out of bed and I had days when I couldn’t walk, let alone write a rhyme.”

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga isn’t afraid to talk about a lot of things, including her long fight with a mental disorder. The pop artist confessed in an honest interview with Billboard, “I’ve suffered through depression and anxiety my entire life. I just want these kids to know that” However, as you might expect, the “Born This Way” artist said of her battle with depression, “I learned that my sadness never destroyed what was great about me.  You just have to go back to that greatness, find that one little light that’s left. I’m lucky I found one little glimmer stored away.” Lady Gaga is becoming a vocal champion for mental health. Her Born This Way Foundation aims to empower young people, encourage bravery, and provide services for those who are suffering from severe anxiety, depression, or bullying.

Demi Lovato

Demi Lovato had no label for her manic energy shifts and quick mood changes for a long period of time, but after admitting herself into a treatment center for “mental and physical concerns” in 2010, she decided to go public with her bipolar disorder, bulimia, and anorexia. She told People magazine, “Looking back, it all makes sense.” “There were times when I was so manic, I was writing seven songs in one night and I’d be up until 5:30 in the morning.” Not only does Demi Lovato have the latest hit with “Confident,” but she’s also become a vocal champion for mental wellbeing by talking about her bipolar condition.

Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton, the diva of country music, battled depression all through the 1980s, to the point where she considered suicide. Parton reminisced, “It was an awful time for me. Every day I thought, I wish I had the nerve to kill myself.” Parton feels that the majority of her depression was caused by menopause and the regret of never having children. Parton found solace in the children of people around her, stating, “Maybe God didn’t want me to have kids so that everybody else’s kids could be mine.”

Selena Gomez has battled mental illness since she was in her early twenties, and she claims that finding the appropriate medication “completely changed” her life.

After the birth of her daughter, Luna, in 2016, Chrissy Teigen used medications to manage postpartum depression.

After Tom Cruise slammed antidepressants on the “Today” show in 2005, Brooke Shields talked out about taking them for Post-partum depression.

Rachel Bloom wrote an antidepressant-supporting song for “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.”

Lena Dunham has advocated for the acceptance of mental health medicine, which she has used since she was a teen.

Cara Delevigne used antidepressants for 2 years before discontinuing them in order to “feel things again.”

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