October 9, 2006

Celebrities with Depression and Bipolar Disorder

The Independent of London (UK) reported this week that the following UK and US celebrities have talked openly about their mental illnesses:

1. Dame Kelly Holmes: Athlete "I became depressed and I cut my self with scissors and stuff."

2. Sinead O'Connor: Musician "I had developed manic depression [bipolar disorder] ... and the main symptoms the constant voice in the head telling you to kill yourself."

3. Hugh Laurie: Actor "It gets on top of me and I get frustrated."

4. Caroline Aherne: Actress "I try to piece together what I did and why I did it, but it's just a big blackout."

5. Robbie Williams: Singer "I've really been grappling with depression. It's all linked with my cocaine and ecstasy abuse."

6. Stephen Fry: Actor and director "I may have looked happy but inside Iwas hopelessly depressed."

7. Tony Slattery: Comedian "There's psychomotor agitation, where you're endlessly pacing, and you can't sleep and you're short-tempered."

8. Gail Porter: TV presenter "It's horrible, horrible, horrible. It took a year and a half until I found out that I had post-natal depression."

9. Brooke Shields: Actress "I just felt as though I would never be happy again, and as if I had fallen into a big black hole."

10. Adam Ant (Stuart Goddard):Musician "When I was sectioned for six months, that was one of the worst experiences of my life, not being able to go out and have freedom. Having experienced it, it's almost inexplicably awful."

11. Ruby Wax: TV presenter "Depressions are very cyclical, they happen once every five years. When I was on TV, yes I was effervescent, you can't fake it. It [depression] comes like the pox."

12. Richard Dreyfuss: Actor "I said to my doctor, 'You gotta testme, there's something wrong with me that I would be behaving this way.'"

13. Sarah Lancashire: Actress "My twenties were a writeoff. It's a cruel illness, because you can't see it and you can hide it so well."

14. Graeme Obree: Cyclist "When you're depressed, everything becomes distorted."

15.Winona Ryder: Actress "You have good days and bad days, and depression's something that, you know, is always with you."

16. Sophie Anderton: Model "I think it backfired. It wasn't what I expected, it was difficult. I didn't expect them to throw somany mind games into it. I didn't expect to be so emotional, but I asked for it really. I'ma glutton for punishment."

17. Denise Welch: Actress "I lost all sense of reality. I basically had what was a nervous break down."

18. Lenny Henry: Comedian "That' swhere depression hits you most - your home life. It doesn't affect your work. I can't do this zany, wacky, funny thing any more. I haven't been like that for a long time."

19.Mel C: Former Spice Girl "At the back of my mind there is always a fear the depression could return but I do all the right things. I try to get the right amount of sleep because I know that I need sleep to function and I need to eat properly and to do some exercising."

20.Melinda Messenger: Model and TV presenter "I felt suicidal. I couldn't stop crying. I remember thinking, 'wouldn't it be great if the car crashed and I died?'"

21. Bill Oddie: TV presenter "Chemicals will help you and medication will help you perhaps overcome it initially, but it won't work permanently if you don't follow it up with quite intense psychoanalysis of some sort."

22. Linda Hamilton: Hollywood actress "The lows were absolutely horrible. It was like falling into a manhole and not being able to lift the lid and climb out."

23. Trisha Goddard: TV presenter "I was in danger of having my children taken away from me when I needed five weeks in psychiatric care ... There is the smiling depressive which is the biggest time bomb and when they go they usually go with a bang, which was me ..."

24. James Dean Bradfield: Manic Street Preachers "I became a completely dysfunctional, miserable person, completely uncommunicative and aggressive."

25. Jim Carrey: Actor "I was on Prozac for a long time. It may have helped me out of a jam for a little bit, but people stay on it forever."

26. Ben Moody: Musician "I was horribly depressed, and I felt like I had failed as a band leader, a professional, as a person."

27. Keisha Buchanan: Singer, Sugababes "With depression, you can go in and out of it and not really know whether it's still there or not. Sometimes I'd find myself bursting into tears for no reason."

28. Carrie Fisher: Actress "Mania starts off fun, not sleeping for days, keeping company with your brain, which has become a wonderful computer, showing 24 TV channels all about you. That goes horribly wrong after awhile."

29. Neil Lennon: Footballer "It's a bit like walking down a long, dark corridor never knowing when the light will go on."

30. Lord Bragg: Broadcaster, author and president of Mind "Occasionally now I feel a wang that goes in my head - once you've got it you've got it. The [illness] was quite severe, leaving me deeply unhappy and frightened."

31.Meg Mathews: Noel Gallagher's ex-wife On the recent news of her going into rehab: "I can confirm Meg is receiving treatment. She is suffering from depression and needs time out."

32. Ben Stiller: Actor "I have not been an easygoing guy. I think it's called bipolar manic depression. I've got a rich history of that in my family."

33. Frank Bruno: Ex-boxer "It's like a kettle. If it's a kettle, you turn the kettle off, you know what I mean? I wish I could put a hole in my head and let the steam come out. The pressure was just getting a little bit much for me."

34. Russell Grant: TV presenter "It is amaze of total confusion ...it can get to the point where you don't care if you live or die."

35. Katie Price/Jordan: Model "I was a psycho woman. It felt like something in me that I had no control over."

36. Paul Gascoigne: Footballer "Everywhere I looked life seemed to be full of problems and they were just going to go on and on. It was never going to get any better."

37. Kylie Minogue: Singer "You get such a kick and then it's all over. That's good ground for uncertainty and depression. I usually burst into tears."

38. Jack Dee: Comedian "Depression is something that has always figured in my life but now I'm dealing with it. I wish I'd done this years ago because it's been really helpful."

39. Uma Thurman: Actress "Nobody seemed to have any perspective any longer. Those were low points. But we got through it."

40. George Michael: Singer "It was like I had a curse on me. I couldn't believe how much God was piling on. There was so much death around me."

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