There are the blues and then there’s depression. Feeling down in the dumps is one thing, but when it impacts every aspect of one’s life and there doesn’t seem to be a light at the end of the tunnel, well, that’s a whole other beast. Depression is a serious disorder and an ever-growing epidemic; at this moment, some three million Canadians are suffering from depression. It can happen to anyone, anywhere – even those who seem to have it all. Yes, celebs get depressed, too. Every one of these 14 stars has battled with mental illness, and not one dealt with it in the same way. Not only are you not alone, but you’re in good company.
13 celebs confess their darkest moments
Angelina Jolie"My mother had just passed away, and I wanted to do something physical to get it out of my head for a while. I felt I was going into a very dark place and I wasn't capable of getting up in the morning, so I signed up for something that would force me to be active." That something was the 2008 action flick Wanted.Getty
Gwyneth Paltrow"I felt like a zombie. I couldn't access my emotions," Paltrow said of the time following the birth of her son, Moses, in 2006. "I thought postpartum depression meant you were sobbing every single day and incapable of looking after a child. But there are different shades and depths of it."Getty
Demi Lovato"There were times I felt so anxious — almost like I was crawling out of my skin — that if I didn't do something physical to match the way I felt inside, I would explode. I cut myself to take my mind off that... I had no fear." Post-rehab, Lovato has become an inspiration for fans who are facing similar struggles.Getty
Anne HathawayThe Oscar-winner admitted to suffering from depression and anxiety as a teen but rejected medication and worked through her troubles: "I said to [my] mom the other day, 'Do you remember that girl? She has now gone, gone to sleep. She has said her piece and she is gone.'"Getty
Jon Hamm"You can change your brain chemistry enough to think: 'I want to get up in the morning; I don't want to sleep until four in the afternoon," the Mad Men star says about medication. Hamm experienced chronic depression following his father's death and relied on therapy and medication to see him through it.Getty
Ashley Judd"I would have died without it," the actress said of her 2006 rehab stint for depression. "It has improved my life on every level." Reconciling with estranged family members and helping those less fortunate helped Judd regain perspective and make peace with her past.Getty
Brooke Shields"I couldn't believe it when my doctor told me that I was suffering from postpartum depression and gave me a prescription for the antidepressant Paxil. I wasn't thrilled to be taking drugs. But the drugs, along with weekly therapy sessions, are what saved me — and my family."Getty
Catherine Zeta-Jones"I'm lucky, but that's not to say I don't get down on myself. I don't just bring myself down, I bring everyone around me down. It's like a dark cloud, 'Uh-oh, here we go,' and I have to snap out of it." CZJ is candid about her bipolar II disorder, for which she continues to get treatment.Getty
Hugh LaurieIn 2007, the House star admitted he was battling "mild depression" and received psychotherapy. "I'm too neurotic and too anal and too convinced that we're going to fail to relax. I go home at the end of the day and my head is full of all the mistakes I've made. I'm looking for things to go wrong."Getty
Jim CarreyOn the pros and cons of drugs: "I think Prozac and things like that are very valuable to people for short periods of time," said Carrey. "But if you're on them for an extended period of time, you never get to the problem...because everything is just kind of okay. And so, you don't deal. And people deal when they get desperate."Getty
Russell Brand"I've never had a sustained period of medication for mental illness when I've not been on other drugs as well. It's just not something that I particularly feel I need. I know that I have dramatically changing moods and I know sometimes I feel really depressed but I think that's just life."Getty
Winona Ryder"These places don't have the answers. Because there are no answers," Ryder said of public institutions, where she first sought treatment. Private therapy proved to be her solace. "You're just a human being and you make a choice to go on with your life. Life is weird. Life is a mess. We're normal to feel crazy."Getty
It’s time we started talking openly about our mental health. Join the conversation on Bell Let’s Talk Day, January 25, and help end the stigma around mental illness. For every text message sent and mobile or long-distance call made by Bell Canada and Bell Aliant customers, Bell will donate five cents to Canadian mental health programs. The same goes for anyone sending a tweet using #BellLetsTalk, posting on Instagram using #BellLetsTalk, watching the Bell Let’s Talk video on Facebook, or sending a Snapchat using the Bell Let’s Talk geofilter. But talking about it is just the first step: Visit letstalk.bell.ca for more ways you can effect change and build awareness around mental health.
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