• 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Rethinking Creativity and Depression

    Rethinking Creativity and Depression

    Some five hundred years ago, mood disorders were considered to be based on an imbalance in four body “humors” or  fluids – yellow bile, black bile, blood, and phlegm. Too much black bile was thought to cause ‘melancholy’ and ‘madness.’ [For more, see the Wikipedia page on Melancholia.] In her article “Clinical Depression Then and […]

  • Dealing with depression to access our creativity

    Dealing with depression to access our creativity

    Musician Shawn Colvin explained on an episode of the Oprah show (Depressed, Mentally Ill and Famous), “Part of the way I’ve dealt with my depressions in the past is I’ve had the ability, if necessary, to just check out. There have been times when I’ve not shown up at work.” In a press release, Colvin […]

  • Kirsten Dunst: Dealing With Depression

    Kirsten Dunst: Dealing With Depression

    “I think most human beings go through some sort of depression in their life. And if they don’t, that’s weird.” Kirsten Dunst From an article by Josh Patner in Flare magazine, which continues: Dunst speaks from experience: In 2008, she checked into a rehab center in Utah to be treated for crippling depression. Things started […]

  • Depression and Creativity

    Depression and Creativity

    Mood disorders often impact creative expression. About one percent of the general population suffer from manic-depression (bipolar disorder) and five percent from major depression during their lifetime. As many as a quarter of American women have a history of depression.  According to an Allhealth site article, “The risk of depression among teen girls is high, […]




An incredible time to be bipolar

An incredible time to be bipolar

Terri Cheney, a former entertainment lawyer, recounts her decades-long struggle with bipolar disorder in her book “Manic: A Memoir.” Hilary MacGregor writes in the Los Angeles Times, “The book is not the first to give an autobiographical account of living bipolar. It joins the ranks of Kay Redfield Jamison‘s “An Unquiet Mind,” Carrie Fisher‘s “Postcards […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Finding a method to relieve depression

Finding a method to relieve depression

Gwynne Curry writes about a number of experiences that can encourage depression: I’m a lot like you… I was depressed for a LONG time and I didn’t like it. As a matter of fact I’ve personally experienced 30+ years of chronic depression with at least two episodes of Major Depressive Disorder (MDD). Here are some […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]