Celebrities Who Battled Depression and Found Success

Celebrity gossip culture generally leaves me cold. I don’t really care who’s dating whom, who married whom, who divorced whom, who’s feuding with whom, etc. That’s very un-American, I know, but somehow I manage.

One exception: I’m a sucker for stories about famous people who have battled depression and found success anyway. Depending on the celeb and the circumstances, these stories can be motivating, making current problems look a little more manageable and future prospects more wide open. And hearing famous people talk openly about their experiences with depression makes me feel a little less embarrassed to talk about my own struggles. If they can do it, I can do it.

Here are a few stories I’ve stumbled upon recently.

Jon Hamm on his depression earlier in life

Demi Lovato: How Do You Overcome Depression?


From Attempted Suicide to MLB Superstar – The Life and Very Complicated Times of Ken Griffey Jr.

Lorraine Bracco on depression before landing ‘Sopranos’ role
Lorraine Bracco: Her Secret Struggle

Elsewhere on Smash Depression: Talking Openly About Depression: Tim Ferriss, Kendrick Lamar.

Have you come across any celebrity depression tales that surprised and/or inspired you?

3 comments… add one
  • Robert Long April 27, 2015, 7:58 pm

    I think its great when celebrities speak out about their depression. Its the best way to help raise awareness. I suffered terribly with anxiety and depression since I was 13 and have blogged a bit about it here http://controlyourmindset.com/1 I lost my best years. It was only last year I finally got a hold on my issues…..I was 49.

  • John July 14, 2016, 5:51 pm

    Kristen Bell. Please do a piece on her.

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