This Disorder Doesn’t Discriminate:15 Celebrities Who’ve Battled Depression

December 28, 2012  |  
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Even though celebrities live the life that we all wish for, we all know that there isn’t enough money or fame in the world that can buy happiness. As surprising as it may seem, there are several celebrities who have battled depression but thankfully many of them have been able to see the brighter side of things. Here are 15 celebs who battled depression in spite of their ranking in society but  have still been able to climb to the top.


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Ashley Judd

Ashley Judd suffered from depression back when she was in 6th grade. She admitted to considering suicide and went to a rehab clinic to help remedy her depression. She says her humanitarian efforts have helped her regain perspective in life.


Paulina Porizkova

When Paulina Porizkova was booted off of the show Dancing with the Stars back in 2007, it somehow sent her into an emotional down spiral. She suffered from anxiety attacks and felt a lot of rejection. She eventually sought help and was placed on an antidepressant.


Halle Berry

Halle Berry is graceful and quiet; but little would anyone know that she once suffered from depression. Halle had post-partum depression and actually tried to commit suicide after the breakup between she and husband David Justice. Thankfully she was able to fight back and realize the importance of her life as well as being there for her daughter.

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Heath Ledger

Heath Ledger is another one of those actors that we lost too soon. He accidentally overdosed on several different drugs after supposedly suffering from insomnia. After he died, many reported that Heath suffered from depression after breaking up with actress Michelle Williams.

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Kanye West

After his mom unexpectedly died during surgery and his wedding was canceled, Kanye went into a deep depression. Despite these tough times, Kanye kept his eyes on the prize and returned to fame very quickly. Nowadays he seems like he’s on top of the world with his new girlfriend, Kim K.

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Demi Lovato

Demi Lovato suffered from several different disorders including bulimia, anorexia, and bipolar disorder. Her song “Skyscraper” was written to explain her past and help her move on from it. After checking into rehab, Demi is said to be better.

Janet Jackson

Janet Jackson apparently went through a bout with anxiety as well as depression in 1997. When she released her album “The Velvet Rope,” many of the songs clearly portrayed her internal struggles. Despite the surprising death of her brother and weight issues, Janet seems to be doing just fine.

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Alicia Keys

Despite being a Grammy winner and earning plenty of success, Alicia Keys went through two years of depression. Her third album, “As I Am” was written during her time of hardship. Alicia has admitted that her depression allowed her to write even better and more meaningful songs.

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Catherine Zeta-Jones

In 2011, Catherine Zeta-Jones went public about being diagnosed with bipolar II disorder. This disorder is known to cause severe depression and many think that by going public with her disorder, she has made it much more widely understood and known about. She was first diagnosed at the age of 41 after dealing with her husband’s battle with stage IV throat cancer.

Winona Ryder

Better known as Johnny Depp’s ex, Winona Ryder dealt with anxiety attacks, depression, and alcohol abuse after the relationship ended. She soon found herself in a mental institution and working with a private therapist to work out her internal issues. She claimed that working on the movie Girl, Interrupted was extremely personal for her.


Owen Wilson

As funny and laid-back as Owen Wilson is, it seems surprising to know that he once suffered from depression. Apparently in 2007 Owen attempted suicide at his California home, but wasn’t successful. To help remedy his depression, Owen spent a lot of time with friends and family.


Serena Williams

Serena Williams is best and happiest when she’s on the tennis court, but when she was injured and couldn’t play, she became extremely depressed. Being sidelined and unable to do something you love to do can definitely cause one to become down and out, but Serena’s health scare due to a pulmonary embolism was much more important to deal with. Now that she’s back on the court, she’s happy as can be.


Brooke Shields

Actress and model Brooke Shields was one of the very first celebrities to publically talk about her problems with depression. She too suffered from post-partum depression and how it changed her life. She wrote a book as well as a news article and explained how medication helped her through the tough times, along with support from other moms who also suffered from the condition.



When T.I.’s friend Philant Johnson was killed in 2006, he became extremely depressed and even paranoid. After an interview on Larry King, T.I. admitted that his emotions are what led him to prison due to poor judgement and a lack of consideration. T.I. now insists that he’s no longer a gangster.


Gwyneth Paltrow

Many would say that giving birth and becoming a mom is a time of joy and pure happiness, but that wasn’t so for Gwyneth Paltrow, who suffered from post-partum depression. She explained that she couldn’t understand or control her emotions and didn’t think she suffered from the disorder until her husband mentioned it. Nowadays Gwyneth is a happy mom.

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  • UmmYeahOK

    Depression is very real, so real that it can actually hurt. I had a long bout with depression in 2011 into 2012 and it was a struggle to get out of bed every single day. Even when the sun is out, it feels cloudy outside. Your favorite people, foods, activities, music, etc. provide absolutely no joy. Just getting through a normal day felt like a monumental task. I’m so thankful to not be in that place anymore, but sometimes it’s a struggle to not fall back into depression when I’m facing challenges.Your mental health is as important as your physical health. Therapy is a godsend.

  • Kaori

    A lot of Black people suffer from depression in silence because they think ‘God’ will fix all of their problems.

    • psylocke_2001

      It’s not just that. There’s somewhat of a stigma associated with mental illness in the black community. Our people don’t take mental illness seriously. We are told to be strong and just deal with it. It’s not considered a “real” illness.

      • Kaori

        Yes, that as well.

      • Kaori

        Yes, that as well.

  • rainbow

    I’ve suffered from major depressions most of my adult life. I am a black woman. It is embarrassing, so I suffer alone. Years ago, I believe I wasn’t being taken seriously by doctors. It was almost like they were saying “black people don’t have these problems”. It is a serious problem in our community and most of us don’t even realize we have a mental illness. I am slowly getting back on track because I sought treatment.

  • Nikki

    I’d like to see an article about mental health in the black community. (Or lack, thereof)

  • Sagittarius81

    I suffer from bipolar disorder and I’m glad I gotten help for it sooner, I’m taking my lithium and it’s been doing me better. No one’s perfect.

  • me

    Omg with f’ing advertisments on each page uuuggghhh

  • There are SO many celebrities that werent included on the list… Oh well…