Depression is still very much a taboo in this society where the open discussion of the mental illness is met with silence or people are told to “go to church” as opposed to seeking help from medical professionals. There is such a stigma still attached to the disease that cause many to choose to suffer all alone. This scenario is especially true in the African-American community.
For celebrities who are image conscious, there’s even more of a burden to maintain the status quo of assumed perfection. However, these seven courageous stars have pulled the veil down on the disease. They’ve shared their stories and inspired others to come out and seek help in the process.
Janet has always been open about the lows which have offset the highs in her incredible career. Her struggles with food, her weight, career ups and downs, self esteem and relationship troubles have contributed to her depression. Prior to the release of her album, The Velvet Rope and after the death of her brother, Jackson battled with depression. So many believe that life of a star is one of power, prestige and privilege, but Janet has never sugar-coated the underbelly of what so much success means. Despite her heavy heart at times, she still manages a smile that inspires: “I tend to, I have this thing where I tend to smile when things get a little…painful, that is just my, a protective shield I guess.”