• Anne Hathaway on her depression as a teen

    Anne Hathaway on her depression as a teen

    Anne Hathaway once told British magazine Tatler that she suffered from anxiety and depression as a teen, and has an interesting perspective on being a “different person” at the time: “I said to Mom the other day, ‘Do you remember that girl? She has now gone, gone to sleep. She has said her piece and […]

  • 10 things not to say to a depressed person

    10 things not to say to a depressed person

    By Noch Noch / Enoch Li I cringed at these things my friends said to me these few years. For those of you who don’t really get us, I’ve decided to let you know 10 things not to say to a depressed person from my own experience. And be forewarned, for if you ever dare […]

  • Mandy Moore on depression and sensitivity

    Mandy Moore on depression and sensitivity

    Along with her success as an actor and musician, Mandy Moore has experienced emotional challenges including depression and high sensitivity. In an article a few years ago, she commented: “A few months ago I felt really low, really sad. Depressed for no reason. I’m a very positive person, and I’ve always been glass-half-full. So it […]

  • 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 […]




Owen Wilson hospitalized for reported suicide

Owen Wilson hospitalized for reported suicide

Owen Wilson was hospitalized in 2010 following a reported suicide attempt. An attorney reports the actor slit his wrists, and that he had been taking anti-depressants. Wilson has reportedly also had drug abuse problems in the past. He is far from alone. According to the online listing “Famous People Who Have Suffered from Depression or […]

Making Good Use of Depression - Kay Redfield Jamison

Making Good Use of Depression – Kay Redfield Jamison

“Depressed, I have crawled on my hands and knees in order to get across a room and have done it for month after month. But normal or manic I have run faster, thought faster, and loved faster than most I know.” Kay Redfield Jamison Depression can be a profoundly damaging and disrupting condition, spiritually and […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]