One might think that fame and money bring happiness, but in fact, the celebrity lifestyle comes with a lot of risk factors for depression: substance abuse, sleep disruption, highly variable work schedules, and periods of unemployment, as well as intense public scrutiny and its associated guilt, shame, and insecurity. Many celebrities have shared their struggles with depression (see Part 1
). Here are a few more.Sarah Silverman
Sarah has been open about her experience with depression for years, including on The Ellen Show
, Charlie Rose
, and NPR's Fresh Air
, as well as in Glamour
and Marie Claire
In the video below
, a segment on The Conversation with Amanda de Cadenet
, Sarah talks about the onset of her depression at 13 and how her perspective shifted suddenly, realizing that we are all alone in our minds and that death is inevitable. "It feels like you're terribly homesick," she says. "But you're home, so there's no way to satiate it."
She mentions being on medication (she has taken Zoloft since 1994), going to therapy, and using other techniques like exercise to curb the lows when they do start to creep in. She's learned to remember—even at the worst times—that it will pass: “I wouldn’t wish depression on anyone. But if you ever experience it, or are experiencing it right now, just know that on the other side, the little joys in life will be that much sweeter.”( Collapse )Youtube sources
, I Smile Back trailer
The rest of the sources are linked throughout.