Depression is a disease largely prevalent today. regardless of profession or lifestyle, anyone can become victim to it. Recently, many famous and some not-so-famous Hollywood celebrities have come forward with their tales of how they have or are continuing to battle against this illness.
Listed below are accounts of four famous Hollywood actors who are upfront about their stories of depression.
1. Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie unwrapped about her fight with depression.
In her teens, Jolie Pitt experienced depression, which she characterizes to her “unhealthy” hometown. “I grew up in L.A., where the focus is very inward. I didn’t know why I was so destructive and miserable. I didn’t appreciate or understand my life.” Her sadness was accompanied by guilt. “I was raised in a place where if you have fame and money and you’re decent-looking and have the ability to work in this industry, you have everything in the world. Then you attain those things and realize you still couldn’t be more empty. I didn’t know where to put myself.”
When she was only 15-years-old, model and actress Cara Delevingne hit “a massive wave of depression, anxiety, and self-hatred.”
She took several psychotropic medicines, visited therapists, and even planned to commit suicide in her New York apartment. “I was packing my bags, and suddenly I just wanted to end it. I had a way, and it was right there in front of me. And I was like; I need to decide whether I love myself as much as I love the idea of death.”
2. Brad Pitt
“I was doing the same thing every night and numbing myself to sleep, the same routine. Couldn’t wait to get home and hide out. But that feeling of unease was growing and one night I just said, ‘This is a waste.”
3. Dwayne Jonson
Dwayne Jonson experienced depression through his primary twenties when his football career hindered.
Dwayne Johnson gave an optimistic message to motivate others who may be experiencing depression: “I found that with depression one of the most important things you could realize is that you’re not alone,” he said. “You’re not the first one to go through it; you’re not going to be the last to go through it…I wish I had someone at that time who could just pull me aside and say, Hey, it’s gonna be okay. It’ll be okay.”
4. Amanda Seyfried
“I’m on Lexapro, and I’ll never get off it. I’ve been on it since I was 19, so 11 years. I’m on the lowest dose. I don’t see the point of getting off it. Whether it’s a placebo or not, I don’t want to risk it. And what are you fighting against? Just the stigma of using a tool?” she told the media.
“A mental illness is a thing that people cast in a different category, but I don’t think it is,” she sustained. “It should be taken as seriously as anything else. You don’t see the mental illness: It’s not a mass; it’s not a cyst. But it’s there.”