• Woody Allen

    Woody Allen On Filmmaking As Therapy For Depression

    Director Woody Allen engaged in analysis for decades and once commented, “People used to say ‘You’re using psychoanalysis as a crutch.’ And I would say, ‘Yes. You’re hitting it exactly on the nose. I’m using it as a crutch.’” He also said that psychiatrists helped him through difficult times and isolation: “It got me through […]

  • Working with depression

    Working with depression

    “I was feeling so sad all the time, and I couldn’t shake it. I started burying my feelings, and it got to a point where I couldn’t even tell my family or my friends, ‘I’m twisted,’ or ‘I’m exhausted,’ or ‘I’m so angry.’” Alicia Keys added, “I became a master of putting up the wall […]

  • Depressed Creativity

    Depressed Creativity

    Writer nochnoch (Enoch Li) admits that she never thought she “had any creativity” – but rediscovered her talents in dealing with depression. Here are some excerpts from her article Depressed Creativity : I equated creativity with artists, innovators, entrepreneurs, designers, fashion… I was none of that – until I sunk into depression last year. And […]

  • Jon Hamm on his depression earlier in life

    Jon Hamm on his depression earlier in life

    A recent London newspaper article quotes Jon Hamm (TV series ‘Mad Men’ and other movie and tv projects) about his life following the death of his father when he was 20, including his recovery from depression. Hamm said, ‘I very much knew what the idea of permanence was by that point. I dropped out of […]

  • Andrew Solomon on depression and hope

    Andrew Solomon on depression and hope

    By his mid-twenties, Andrew Solomon earned international accolades for his work as a novelist, journalist and historian. At 31 he descended into a major depression. He was helped by a combination of family support, medications and talk therapy. Andrew Solomon : Depression is an illness of loneliness. And the primary experience is the feeling of […]

  • Mariel Hemingway and Barbara Kopple on their documentary Running From Crazy

    Mariel Hemingway and Barbara Kopple on their documentary Running From Crazy

    The documentary film “Running from Crazy” directed by Barbara Kopple, and shown at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, is about the lives of family members of author Ernest Hemingway. Here is more about the film, including comments by actor, author and healthy lifestyle and mental health advocate Mariel Hemingway, and two-time Academy Award-winning director Kopple. […]




The View episode on Women and Depression

The View episode on Women and Depression

An episode of The View [ABC tv] in 2010 featured a number of guests talking about the personal experience of depression [including dysthymia, and bipolar] and the variety of treatments available. The program resource page on depression quotes the National Institute of Mental Health: “In any given 1-year period, 9.5 percent of the population, or […]

Eckhart Tolle On Depression

Eckhart Tolle On Depression

From Oprah and Eckhart Tolle’s A New Earth Online Class: Sharon (audience member): I have close relationships to people who suffer from depression. And in talking with them, I find that there’s an inwardness and a strong identity that they have as people who suffer from depression. Eckhart Tolle: Whether it is a physical condition […]

Natural medicine for depression - naturopathy and supplements

Natural medicine for depression – naturopathy and supplements

Excerpts from free ebook Natural Help For Bipolar Disorder by Native Remedies staff : While Western medicine has become the norm in many cultures, it is not the only treatment option. Conventional western medicine, often called allopathic medicine, is the system of medicine taught at most medical schools and most pharmaceutical and synthetic medicines are […]

Lorraine Bracco on her depression

Lorraine Bracco on her depression

  “By the time she landed the role of Dr. Melfi, whose treatment of mob boss Tony Soprano forms the show’s psychological and moral backbone, Lorraine Bracco was grappling with deep depression. “Shortly after that, she sought professional counseling and was prescribed antidepressants. “Actually, it took portraying Melfi… for Bracco to fully realize her darkened […]

Comedy and depression

Comedy and depression

Asked by interviewer Whoopi Goldberg [Interview mag., July 2006] if she was a “relatively happy person,” comedian Amy Sedaris said, “I am. I only say that because other people have said that of me. I’m drawn to depression. It’s what inspires me. But I’m pretty content and good natured myself.” [photo at left from her […]

Machismo and Melancholy

Machismo and Melancholy

According to The National Institute of Mental Health, in America alone, more than 6 million men have depression each year. Here are some excerpts from a Los Angeles Times article: In May 2003, four-time Superbowl quarterback Terry Bradshaw embarked on a multi-city campaign sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline, maker of the antidepressant Paxil, to discuss his own […]

Depressive thinking can accompany being sensitive

Depressive thinking can accompany being sensitive

In her article Growing Up Gifted Is Not Easy, Elaine Aron, PhD talks about depression as a potential aspect of sensitivity. “Early in my research on sensitivity — while I was studying its relationship to introversion and the four Jungian functions of sensing, thinking, feeling, and intuition — I discovered several studies reporting that intuitive […]

Elizabeth Swados on bipolar and burning rubber

Elizabeth Swados on bipolar and burning rubber

Tony-nominated playwright Elizabeth Swados revealed in an O Magazine article ["Bipolar Diaries," October 2007] that in her work she functioned at a high level, but in private she was in the frantic throes of bipolar disorder. “I was talking as fast as an auctioneer, dashing from one activity to another with such intensity that I […]

Deanne Repich on dealing with anxiety

Deanne Repich on dealing with anxiety

Deanne Repich is the Founder of the National Institute of Anxiety and Stress, Inc. In her article Coming “Out of the Closet” about Your Anxiety, she talks about her experiences with this very common, and self-limiting, mental health challenge. Here are some excerpts: Keeping your anxiety a secret from others can be a huge burden. […]

Tackling Depression Through Diet, Herbal Remedies, Exercise and more

Tackling Depression Through Diet, Herbal Remedies, Exercise and more

Excerpts from the free ebook Tips To Treat Depression Diet Many biochemical theories of depression centre around deficiencies of one nutrient or another, and vitamins and minerals are an obvious first place to look, as we need so many of them – usually in tiny daily amounts, but they are vital. And the truth is, […]

Depression as a message

Depression as a message

In the article The mind, as it evolves by Julia M. Klein, psychiatrist J. Anderson Thomson Jr. talks about treating an 18-year-old college freshman he describes as “intensely depressed, feeling suicidal and doing self-cutting.” The article notes, “He decided that her symptoms might be a way of signaling her unhappiness to people close to her. […]

Therese Borchard and Beyond Blue - Creativity and Mood Disorders

Therese Borchard and Beyond Blue – Creativity and Mood Disorders

Therese J. Borchard is the author of the blog “Beyond Blue” on Beliefnet.com, which is featured regularly on The Huffington Post and was voted by PsychCentral.com as one of the top 10 depression blogs. The first of these two videos is from her post Snow Blizzard 2010 and MENTAL HEALTH. She notes, “Here’s the video […]