As the stigma attached to mental illness diminishes, some of Hollywood’s biggest stars are opening up about their own struggles with depression, bipolar disorder and more. Even mainstream magazines like US Weekly have tackled the topic, chronicling celebrities’ personal experiences. And they weren’t afraid to talk about them.
Here’s part of the US Weekly piece, modified for space.
Actress/Author Carrie Fisher: The Star Wars icon details at length her struggle with bipolar disorder in her best-selling memoirs Wishful Drinking and Shockaholic. “I thought if I could ever get this to be funny, it would be brilliant,” she has said of living with mental illness. “But… My life dealing with the bipolar situation was far from funny.”
Actor Jon Hamm: The Mad Men star suffered chronic depression at age 20 after his father died. “I was…unmoored by that,” he told The Observer in 2010. “I was in bad shape.” Therapy and antidepressants helped him gain a new perspective. “You can change your brain chemistry enough to think, ‘I want to get up in the morning, I don’t want to sleep until four in the afternoon.'”
Singer Demi Lovato: The former Disney star spent time in rehab for cutting, bulimia and bipolar disorder. “I had no idea that I was even bipolar until I went into treatment,” she said in 2011. “I was conquering the world, but then I would come crashing down, and I would be more depressed than ever.”
Actress Rene Russo: The film star revealed on The Queen Latifah Show in 2014 that she takes meds for bipolar disorder. “For all the people that are having trouble and maybe feel bad about taking medication… it’s OK—you will make it through. It’s not easy but you will make it through.”
Actress Catherine Zeta-Jones: The Oscar winner has struggled through the years with bipolar disorder since being diagnosed in 2011. She’s been quoted as saying she “never wanted to be the poster child” for the disorder and was just trying to handle the situation gracefully. And she has.
Actress Emma Thompson: The British celeb has experienced episodes of clinical depression throughout her life. She took a break from acting in 2010 to focus on her own well-being and self-care. “I find the job I do emotionally very demanding,” she said in a released statement. “I suffer from occasional mild depression, which I think is a very common thing.”
Actress Brooke Shields: Shields suffered from postpartum depression after the birth of her daughter in 2003. She even considered suicide. “[I believed] I should not exist. The baby would be better off without me. Life was never going to get better—so I better just go,” she said during an acceptance speech or an advocacy award from the Hope for Depression Research Foundation. “Finally I did fight. I survived.”
Actor/Comedian Jim Carrey: The talented Carrey has battled depression and for years took Prozac to help him cope. “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,” he told CBS News in 2009. “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.”
Actress Ashley Judd: Judd has chronicled her battle with depression in “All That Is Bitter & Sweet,” the autobiography. She sought help in 2006 by checking into a Texas treatment center. “I was sick and tired of being sick and tired… she said on a morning TV show. “I looked really good on the outside, and I had a lot of anxiety, insomnia…I needed to find a power greater than myself.”
Read the entire US Weekly article here.