Depression used to be something people often scoffed at; something only crazy people went through. But now as more evidence comes to light, people have come to realize that depression is something that needs to be taken very seriously. While this is a positive step in the right direction, some people still feel as if they are all alone.
What has helped shed a light on the seriousness of depression is the fact that some major celebrities have come forward with their own personal battles and have offered advice on their struggles. While you may have heard of a few, some will take you by surprise. Number 8 is a true inspiration.
10. Don’t Stay In Bed – Jim Carrey
Jim Carrey is known for bringing out big belly-laughs in audiences, but sometimes even the funniest of people can still go through tough times fighting depression. His advice to people is to “Get out of bed and say that life is good.” That is what the Ace Ventura actor did during the most difficult times.
9. Admit It To Yourself – Wayne Brady
For those struggling with depression or bipolar, you are not alone. Talented jack-of-all-trades Wayne Brady has fought his own battles and recommends admitting that you feel this way is the first step to recovery. “To claim that, to say ‘Why do I feel dark? Why do I feel unhappy? Let me do something about this.'”
8. There Is Life After Diagnosis -Demi Lovato
Singer/Actress Demi Lovato has not been shy about her battle with depression. In fact, her goal has been to show people that it is possible to find happiness and that life after being diagnosed with depression can be hopeful. “I want to show the world that there is life….surprising, wonderful and unexpected life after diagnosis.” If you didn’t know about this one, click on number 6 for a surprising revelation.
7. An Unlikely Role Model – Kanye West
Kayne West has made a lot of headlines, but even someone with so much bravado is not immune to depression. The husband of Kim Kardashian has gone through tough times but fights hard to be a role model for those who feel alone. “There are so many people who never get the chance to have their voice heard…I do it for them.”
6. Putting On A Brave (Fake) Face – Miley Cyrus
Miley Cyrus may seem like the picture of pure joy, but sometimes it’s just a brave face to fool the world. Her advice to the world is to not pretend to be something they are not just to please other people. “There is nothing worse than being fake happy.”
5. Keep Busy – Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie is considered to be one of the most talented and beautiful actresses around. While everyone would probably think of her life as charmed, she still deals with depression. Her advice for dealing with symptoms is to sign onto something that would basically force you to get up in the morning and be active. Number 4 also shares the same sentiment.
4. Change Your Mindset – Brad Pitt
Angelina’s ex Brad Pitt has also been through bouts of depression and views it as an education. Calling them semesters, Pitt has gone through a few dark ones, until the unease grew and he just decided it was “a waste.” That feeling is when you realize you need to make a change.
3. Admit That This Is A Serious Condition – Brooke Shields
When Brooke Shields was going through postpartum depression, she felt comforted when her obstetrician told her that her feelings were tied to biochemical things in her body. Says the actress to the world, “Once we admit that postpartum is a serious medical condition, then the treatment becomes more available and socially acceptable.”
2. Find Your Inner Light – Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga’s lyrics can often be quite insightful, and that same insight has come in handy during her time dealing with depression. According to the “Poker Face” singer, one thing that helps is to try and find that light inside that makes you special. “I’m lucky I found one little glimmer stored away.” If this advice makes sense, go to number 1 for a real gem.
1. Don’t Ever Be Ashamed – J.K. Rowling
J.K. Rowling, the author of the hugely successful Harry Potter novels, doesn’t have a spell to break through depression, yet she definitely has the best outlook. According to Rowling, people should not be ashamed of going through depression. In fact, she once asked, “What’s to be ashamed of?”
Hopefully, more celebrities will start speaking about their experiences with depression, especially when it comes to getting medication and treatment. After all, the more people talk about it, the more attention will be given, leading to more studies that will remove the stigma of mental illness. Until then, it is comforting to know that even those who seem to have it all still fight some pretty dark feelings every now and then.
What do you think of some of the celebrity advice above? Are there any that we missed? If so, put your thoughts in the comments. Or perhaps you want to share your own story?