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Famous People Who Suffer From Depression

Posted by Depression Help | Posted in Chronic Depression | Posted on 19-09-2011

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Famous People Who Suffer From Depression

If you’re dealing with depression, you can feel very alone. It’s not uncommon to feel that you’re different than everyone else, and that you have no one to relate to. However, almost everybody knows someone who is currently dealing with, or has dealt with, depression. Even if you don’t know about it, at least one or two of your friends have probably been treated for it at one time or another. And if you’re ever feeling especially alone in your depression, consider the list below of just a few celebrities that have dealt with depression.

• Brooke Shields. You’d think that someone as successful as Brooke Shields, a former Calvin Klein model and actress, would be happy with every part of her life. However, she suffered from post-partum depression after the birth of her daughter.
• Robbie Williams. An English pop-rock star, Williams’ depression was triggered by drug use that caused a chemical imbalance in his brain. He even had to cancel part of a tour to undergo treatment for his depression.
• Greg Louganis. Known for many things other than depression, Louganis has overcome many obstacles to become the successful athlete and motivational speaker that he is today.
• Yves Saint Laurent. Designer for one of the most widely known clothing brands in the world, Saint Laurent suffered a nervous breakdown after a short stint in the French army and was hospitalized. Today, he is one of the foremost fashion designers in the world.
• Winston Churchill. Little needs to be said about the former British prime minister, and one of the greatest wartime leaders of human history.
• Drew Carey. Though he is known for his sense of humor (and his minority ownership of the MLS’s Seattle Sounders FC), Carey has dealt with depression since he was young.

As you can see, a large number of very famous and influential people have dealt with depression. Some have had serious major depressive episodes throughout their entire life, while others fell into depression in response to a specific event. No matter what the cause of these depressions, all of these people have overcome their difficulties and have gone on to do great things. If you ever feel like you’re alone in your depression, or that you can’t do what you want to do, remember this list of people (and check out some of the links below for more information on these and other depressed celebrities).


1. WebMD, “Out of blue: Brooke Shields discusses her painful struggle with post-partum depression,” http://www.webmd.com/depression/postpartum-depression/features/brooke-shields-depression-struggle, accessed September 14, 2011.
2. The Daily Mail, “Robbie talks about depression,” http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-190688/Robbie-talks-depression.html
3. Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, “2007 keynote speaker: Great Lougains,” http://www.dbsalliance.org/site/PageServer?pagename=Conference2007_Louganis, accessed September 14, 2011.
4. The Biography Channel, “Yves Saint Laurent biography,” accessed September 15, 2011. http://www.thebiographychannel.co.uk/biographies/yves-saint-laurent.html
5. Healthier You, “Chance thoughts,” http://www.healthieryou.com/exclusive/chanceth0196.html, accessed September 15, 2011.
6. About.com, “Drew Carey speaks about his depression and suicide attempts,” http://depression.about.com/b/2007/09/26/drew-carey-speaks-about-his-depression-and-suicide-attempts.htm, accessed September 15, 2011.
7. About.com, “Famous people with depression,” http://depression.about.com/od/famous/Famous_People_With_Depression.htm, accessed September 14, 2011.
8. Depression-help-resource.com, “Famous depressed people: you’re in good company,” http://www.depression-help-resource.com/articles/famous-depressed-people.htm, accessed September 15, 2011.

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