Dealing With Depression? See The Stars Who Also Suffered in Silence

January 15, 2012  |  
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We’ve all seen those standard train wreck celebrities who end up in and out of the courtroom their entire lives.  However, a more silent issue has crept into many of our favorite stars lives.  Depression.  Take a look at these 8 stars who have battled depression and come out on top!

1. Halle Berry

Though she is known for her quiet nature, Halle discussed her failed marriage and her post-partum depression in an interview to ‘Parade’ magazine. On her suicide attempt after her failed marriages, Halle said: “I was sitting in my car, and I knew the gas was coming when I had an image of my mother finding me. She sacrificed so much for her children, and to end my life would be an incredibly selfish thing to do. My sense of worth was so low. I had to reprogram myself to see the good in me. Because someone didn’t love me didn’t mean I was unlovable. I promised myself I would never be a coward again. That’s what the break-up of my marriage reduced me to. It took away my self-esteem. It beat me down to the lowest of lows.” She fought back with her will power and understood the life’s reality along with the essence of staying happy which is obviously thanks to her adorable daughter and steamy new boyfriend.

2. Ashley Judd

Today she has a loving husband, a successful acting career, and a passion for humanitarian work, but life was not always so picture-perfect for Judd.  In her 2011 memoir, All That Is Bitter & Sweet she revealed that she considered suicide as a sixth-grader, and in 2006 underwent 42 days in a rehab clinic for depression. “I would have died without it,” she told People in April 2011. Reconciling with estranged family members and helping those less fortunate through charity work has helped Judd regain perspective and make peace with her past.

3. Andre Waters

Former NFL player Andre Waters shocked family and friends in November, 2006 when he took his own life at age 44. Posthumous studies suggest he’d been suffering from brain damage and depression, both related to concussions Owen sustained during football games.  Since then, more than a dozen football-player deaths have been linked to this condition, known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE. Fellow ex-football star Dave Duerson, 50, also committed suicide in 2011. Duerson believed that he was suffering from CTE as well.

4. Owen Wilson

His public persona is that of a laid-back, fun-loving dude, but the world saw a darker side of the actor in 2007 when reports surfaced that he had attempted suicide at his California home. Some friends were shocked, but others said that Wilson, who was 38 at the time, had “battled his share of demons, which have included drug addiction,” reported People.  Wilson “bounced back” from his suicide attempt, People reported eleven weeks later, by spending time with family and close friends.

5. 50 Cent

After recently tweeting a scary tweet on his Twitter account (pictured here) to his nearly five and a half million followers, it seems like the rapper is not in a good place.  “I don’t think I’m gonna live much longer.”  Shortly before that, 50 had explained, “I have lost all the faith in the team I’m on,” alluding to the troubles he and his label Interscope have been having. “I have nothing left to say,” the rapper continued. “I will not be promoting my music.”  He later reassured his fans when he commented: “To be conscious that life is short is not suicidal.” Though 50 did add, ”I’m good if I die tonight.

6. Catherine Zeta-Jones

In 2011 actress Zeta-Jones, 41, revealed that she has bipolar II disorder, which causes severe depression. (People with bipolar II often don’t have the extreme “up” of mania, which is a staple of bipolar I.)  Dateline NBC host Jane Pauley praised Zeta-Jones’ decision to go public, saying that “she has made the world a safer place for people who have the diagnosis.” Pauley, 60, was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2001 and wrote about her experience in her 2004 memoir, “Skywriting: A Life Out of the Blue.”

7. Kanye West

When his mother passed and his fiancee cancelled the wedding, Yeezy went into a full on depression, even acting out in public. Since losing his mom, Donda West, in 2007, West said he’s been “depressed, down.” He also places the blame for his mother’s death on himself and his rapid rise to fame. “I feel like I moved to California, then my mom moved to California, and she did stuff she wouldn’t have done if we’d stayed in Chicago,” he said. “If I’d never made it in the music business, it never would’ve happened.” However, he said the lessons she taught him remain. “She influenced me to do exactly what I want to do,” he explained. “With my mom’s passing, I learned that … you can’t let people box you in. You gotta do what you want to do.”

8. Janet Jackson

During the two year period prior to the release of her sixth studio album, The Velvet Rope, Jackson reportedly suffered from both depression and anxiety. Some considered the album to be an introspective look into her struggle with depression. Released in October 1997, The Velvet Rope debuted at number one on the Billboard 200.  It looks like in her case, depression paid her a pretty penny!  Despite many personal ups and downs, Janet seems to be on the road to happiness.

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