Depression doesn’t discriminate. If there’s one thing we’ve learned about mental health, it’s that even if you’re successful, or famous, you can still be facing difficult circumstances. And even if you aren’t facing difficult circumstances, you can still get depression. Your brain chemistry doesn’t care what’s going on in your life, and even if things are going well, depression can still come out of nowhere and sideline you.
The good news is that more and more people are speaking out about facing depression, from all walks of life. A lot of comedians have talked about facing their demons, which might be counterintuitive, but it’s well-documented at this point. But even outside of the comedy world, writers like Stephen Kind, actresses like Halle Berry, and even astronaut/marine Buzz Aldrin have stared down the face of depression.
It can happen to anyone, at any time, is the point. And if it’s happening to you, it’s nothing to be ashamed of, and it doesn’t have to be the end of the world. We have a pretty lengthy playbook for treating depression at this point. And just like people with diabetes take insulin, people with depression can take antidepressants. Something like 20% of people are touched by mental health issues every year, and the more people speak out about their struggles, the more we break down the stigma surrounding treatment. Here are 30 people whose honesty has inspired us.