By Kayt Sukel
Famed rocker Bruce Springsteen is usually described as the everyday man’s musician—a tough, get-‘er-done kind of guy who understands the ebb and flow of working class American life. So many were surprised to see him openly discuss his long battle with depression in his new autobiography, Born to Run. In the book, he says his clinical depression is like a “freight train bearing down,” and how both medication and talk therapy have helped to keep his illness in check.
Springsteen is far from alone. The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) reports that more than 15 million Americans suffer from depression. It affects people of all beliefs and backgrounds—from all walks of life. Even famous individuals like Springsteen who, from a distance, may seem like they have it all.
If there is one thing to know about depression, it does not discriminate. Here are 4 more celebrities who have battled depression—and what they have to say about the
power of treatment.
Rock Star Sheryl Crow. You may know Crow as the voice behind hits like “All I Wanna Do,” and “Every Day is a Winding Road,” but what you may not realize is that Crow has been quite open about her battles with depression. In an interview with the Daily Mail in 2008, she said, “I suffer from depression, and at its worst there was a six-month period in my 20s when I couldn’t dress, days when I couldn’t leave the house. Antidepressants helped and so did therapy, but depression is a chemical thing that some people go through. It’s always been part of my life.”
Actor Jon Hamm. It’s hard to know if you are supposed to love or hate Hamm’s character on Mad Men, Don Draper. But, in my book, that’s simply a sign of Hamm’s acting chops. In a 2010 interview with the Observer, he discussed his battle with chronic depression—and how therapy made a huge difference for him.
“Which is what therapy does: it gives you another perspective when you are so lost in your own spiral…It helps. And honestly? Antidepressants help! If 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. I want to get up and go to work and…’ Reset the auto-meter, kick-start the engine!”
Football Star Terry Bradshaw. Famous Pittsburgh Steeler and now sports commentator Bradshaw seems like a happy-go-lucky kind of guy to most. But he’s also been diagnosed with depression. In an interview with CBN, he discussed the stigma of being diagnosed with clinical depression—and why it’s so important to overcome them and get the help you need.
“I didn’t know I was depressed…So, finally when they tell you [you have depression], you go, ‘ahhh, this is great.’ So, now this explains events in your life and how you handle them. But our society frowns on it and they don’t want their heroes to have these issues, but unfortunately I do.”
Comedian Sarah Silverman. If you are a fan of stand-up comedy, you know that Silverman is not afraid to go…well, anywhere. She tells it like it is, to great comedic effect. And she says her lifelong battle with depression is something that is a part of her comedy. In an interview with Glamour, she said, “Since then I’ve lived with depression and learned to control it, or at least to ride the waves as best I can. I’m on a small dose of [an anti-depressant medication], which, combined with therapy, keeps me healthy but still lets me feel highs and lows.”
As I said, depression does not discriminate. But help is out there—whether you are a celebrity or not. If you or a loved one is battling depression, talk to your doctor or a qualified mental health professional. You don’t have to go it alone.