Depression is an illness not a weakness. There are lots of myths about depression of which this one is very important. Coping with depression and getting on with your life is an art. Every time a patient has recovered I am amazed by how my patients are able to go on. Not that they will ever forget having had a depression but they usually show a remarkable resilience.
Fortunately there are a lot of famous people who have suffered from depression and who use their fame to enfeeble these myths by disclosing their illness and their coping with this disease.
Celtic captain Neil Lennon has said he is recovering from depression, which has affected him throughout his football career.
Sinead O’Connor made a special guest appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show on Thursday 4th October (USA transmission). Oprah sought Sinead out to to help her address bipolar disorder with the hope that they will be able to enlighten and help millions of viewers worldwide who might be suffering, undiagnosed, from the debilitating effects of this condition which Sinead herself has experienced.
GAIL PORTER has told of her “embarrassment” at dealing with depression. She is an Edinburgh presenter 36 years young.
“I was depressed for a long time,” Carey revealed.
In fact, both at 18 and in his early 20s, Carey attempted to take his own life by swallowing pills.
In this video ex All Black John Kirwan talks about his personal battle with depression and his role fronting a New Zealand depression awareness campaign.
Jennifer Capriati can’t remember where she was when she first had thoughts of killing herself.
Related websites about myths reviewed by Dr Shock:
8 myths of depression
Celebrities and depression another list:
Celebrities and Depression, another article with other famous people having suffered form depression.