In a world where 350 million people suffer from depression, it’s hard to fathom why the illness could be brushed under the rug. But for public figures in the spotlight, facing the world with composure is often a higher priority than facing what’s going on internally.
Icons whose faces have been splashed across magazines, newspapers and blogs often find it difficult to face the condition with the world watching, and for those who deal with it alone, it can be even harder to see a light at the end of the tunnel. However, just because there’s a struggle now doesn’t mean it’s impossible to find success. In fact, as these inspiring public figures below prove, it’s not only possible to keep depression from holding you back, it’s also possible to be triumphant with it.
Sheryl Crow: The Grammy-award winning singer has been battling depression ever since she can remember – but despite her chronic struggle, Crow has managed to face the condition and continue to achieve thanks to antidepressants and therapy, according to Everyday Health.
Ellen DeGeneres: It’s hard to imagine the bubbly entertainer battling dark thoughts, but early in her career, the comedian whose famous tagline is “be kind to one another” didn’t always receive that same kindness. After her character on her 1997 sitcom ‘Ellen’ came out, DeGeneres received backlash in the public eye that left her mired in depression, W magazine reported. Despite her challenges, she told the magazine that ultimately she was grateful for the experiences that led her to where she is now: I thought if I could find a way to be famous, people would love me. And then you get all that stuff...and I worked really hard to earn all that...and it sounds crazy, but I got the biggest, (most) wonderful blessing I could get, which was I lost my show, and I lost my entire career and I lost everything for three years...But I got to learn how to sit back and watch other people and learn what judgment was and have compassion. And learn that not only was I strong enough to make it in the first place, but I was strong enough to come back and make it again. How lucky am I to have learned that? That took a lot. I wanted to crawl up in a ball and climb in a hole and hide forever; I was embarrassed. That’s why I look at it as a blessing.
Owen Wilson: He may have a charismatic persona on screen, but the actor struggled with depression that ultimately led to a suicide attempt in 2007. Since then, Wilson has recovered from the incident and while he hasn’t spoken too much publicly about the experience, he’s still gone on to claim a meaningful career, including starring in recent notable films like ‘Midnight in Paris’ and ‘The Internship’.
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