If you have depression you’re in good company.

Famous people with clinical depression (Courtesy of Rethink):

  • – Drew Barrymore (Charlies Angels and child star of E.T)
  • – Irving Berlin (German composer)
  • – Ray Charles (Musician,singer)
  • – Karen Carpenter (singer 1970’s and 80’s)
  • – Eric Clapton

Famous people who have written about their experiences of depression:

Best known for his lively physical comedy and almost rubber like facial expressions, interview that the inspiration for his funniness was “desperation”.:

“There are peaks, there are valleys. But they’re all kind of carved and smoothed out, and it feels like a low level of despair you live in. Where you’re not getting any answers, but you’re living OK. And you can smile at the office. You know? But it’s a low level of despair.” – Jim Carrey, 2004 quoted in 60 Minutes

Sheryl Crowe was quoted by Easy Living magazine:
“It’s the sort of depression that doesn’t necessarily make you want to kill yourself – you just don’t want to be, you want to switch it off and stop.”

Following the birth of her child, Emma Thompson went through further depression when three more cycles of in vitro were unsuccessful:

“That was terrible – I blamed myself, and no-one could persuade me that it wasn’t my fault – and that led to another depression.”

According to the Mental Health Foundation up to 2 in 3 people have depression at some point in their lives. Many people experience two to three separate episodes of depression throughout their lifetimes.

“Black Dog” was Churchill’s name for his depression, and as is true with all metaphors, it speaks volumes. The nickname implies both familiarity and an attempt at mastery, because while that dog may sink his fangs into one’s person every now and then, he’s still, after all, only a dog, and he can be cajoled sometimes and locked up other times.

Chance Thoughts
by Sue Chance, M.D.
January 1996

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