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Famous People with Depression

Every man, woman and child in the world can suffer from depression. It is not primarily a psychological disorder. It is not an incurable problem which one has to be scared of. There is no social stigma attached to it which should compel you to feel embarrassed of yourself. It is nothing unnatural to have depression. To the contrary, if you have never experienced depression then you are one of the few.


John Lennon

Depression is a state of mind that is overwhelmed or taken over by sadness, anxiety, paranoia in some cases, fear, disappointment, frustration, bereavement or low self esteem among others. The mild form of depression is sadness or melancholy while the severe form is referred to as a depressive disorder.

List of Famous People Who Have or Had Depression

  A

Ansel Adams
John Adams
Buzz Aldrin
Woody Allen
Hans Christian Andersen

B

Alec Baldwin
Christian Bale
Amanda Beard
Ingmar Bergman
Halle Berry
William Blake
Jon Bon Jovi
Terry Bradshaw
Zach Braff
Russell Brand
Art Buchwald
Delta Burke
Barbara Bush

C

Truman Capote
Drew Carey
Karen Carpenter
Jim Carrey
Johnny Carson
Dick Cavett
Raymond Chandler
Ray Charles
Frederic Chopin
Agatha Christie
Winston Churchill
Louis C.K.
Eric Clapton
Grover Cleveland
Kurt Cobain
Leonard Cohen
Joseph Conrad
Calvin Coolidge
Billy Corgan
Courteney Cox
Sheryl Crow

D

Rodney Dangerfield
Bobby Darin
Charles Darwin
Larry David
Edgar Degas
Ellen DeGeneres
John Denver
Johnny Depp
Princess Diana
Charles Dickens
Emily Dickinson
Micky Dolenz
Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Kirsten Dunst
Bob Dylan

E

Thomas Eagleton
Blake Edwards
T. S. Eliot
Queen Elizabeth II
Eminem

F

Colin Farrell
William Faulkner
Craig Ferguson
Betty Ford
Harrison Ford


G

Peter Gabriel
Greta Garbo
Judy Garland
Paul Gauguin
Marvin Gaye
Paul Getty
Jane Goodall
Tipper Gore
Francisco de Goya
Spalding Gray
Graham Greene
Ken Griffey Jr.

 

H

Jon Hamm
Dorothy Hamill
Elizabeth Hartman
Anne Hathaway
Goldie Hawn
Ernest Hemingway
Margaux Hemingway
Florence Henderson
Bill Hicks
Audrey Hepburn
Dustin Hoffman
Tuomas Holopainen
Sir Anthony Hopkins

I

Janis Ian
Natalie Imbruglia

J

Andrew Jackson
Janet Jackson
Henry James
William James
Thomas Jefferson
Richard Jeni
Billy Joel
Elton John
Lyndon B. Johnson
Samuel Johnson
Angelina Jolie
Ashley Judd

K

Franz Kafka
John Keats
Alicia Keys
Tawny Kitaen
Beyoncé Knowles
Kris Kristofferson

L

Alan Ladd
Hugh Laurie
Martin Lawrence
John Lennon
David Letterman
Richard Lewis
Abraham Lincoln
Heather Locklear
Courtney Love

M

Henri Matisse
Guy de Maupassant
Ewan McGregor
Herman Melville
George Michael
Michelangelo
Kylie Minogue
Carmen Miranda
Claude Monet
Marilyn Monroe
Alanis Morissette
Morrissey
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

N

Aaron Neville
Isaac Newton
Friedrich Nietzsche
Alfred Nobel


O

Conan O'Brien
Sinead O’Connor
Rosie O’Donnell
Tatum O’Neal
Eugene O'Neill
Robert Oppenheimer
Ozzy Osbourne
Marie Osmond
Patton Oswalt

 

P

Gwyneth Paltrow
Dolly Parton
T. Boone Pickens, Jr.
Franklin Pierce
Brad Pitt
Sylvia Plath
Edgar Allan Poe
Jackson Pollock
Lisa Marie Presley
Charley Pride
Richard Pryor

R

Sergei Rachmaninoff
Christina Ricci
Anne Rice
Little Richard
Joan Rivers
John D. Rockefeller
Mark Rothko
J. K. Rowling
RuPaul
Winona Ryder

S

J. D. Salinger
Robert Schumann
Anne Sexton,
Brooke Shields
Charles Schulz
Monica Seles
Brooke Shields
Sarah Silverman
Anna Nicole Smith
Brittany Snow
Suzanne Somers
Britney Spears
Bruce Springsteen
Gwen Stefani
Rod Steiger
Darryl Strawberry
Donna Summer

T

James Taylor
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Emma Thompson,
Uma Thurman
Leo Tolstoy
Mark Twain
Mike Tyson

V

Vincent Van Gogh
Eddie Vedder
Kurt Vonnegut

W

Mike Wallace
Rick Warren
George Washington
Jerry West
Walt Whitman
Oscar Wilde
Robin Williams
Tennessee Williams
William Carlos Williams
Brian Wilson
Carnie Wilson
Owen Wilson
Oprah Winfrey
Reese Witherspoon
Virginia Woolf

Y

Boris Yeltsin

Many famous people and celebrities have suffered from depression and given the fact that they have emerged as more popular than ever before establishes the reality that depression is not only natural but is also curable and you can hope for the better. Britney Spears suffered from a major depressive disorder which is much worse than normal depression. She went to extremes when her life, certain people and certain situations didn't turn out as she had wanted.


Britney Spears

We Shall Overcome …

After she got treated successfully, she emerged as the sensation that the world knew her for during her teens and young adult days. Many say that Mark Twain wouldn't have been able to write the classics had he not experienced depression. He is not the only famous writer to have had depression, there are many more.

The reason why their success post depression is being highlighted is because it goes on to show that depression is not only natural but also manageable, curable and you can have a better life than what you ever had once you overcome depression.


Mark Twain

Celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, Woody Allen, Christian Bale, Halle Berry, Jim Carrey, Marilyn Monroe and dozens of other famous people and celebrities have had depression. Many of them have suffered from depression on more than one occasion. You cannot avoid depression because you are human and you have emotions, you will get hurt when things go very wrong, when you lose someone dear and when life seems to be topsy-turvy but you can overcome depression and aspire for a life that you have always dreamt of.

Ingmar Bergman, a legendary Swedish director, who has inspired generations of filmmakers in the world, suffered from depression many a time in his life but he channeled it through his work and his films are nothing but masterpieces.

And of course powerful and political men such as Abraham Lincoln, John D. Rockefeller and T. Boone Pickens, Jr. had also experienced depression.


Abraham Lincoln

Conclusion

There are many types of depression and there are many names in the medical jargon but essentially depression is something that people in general have to deal with no matter their social status or economic level.

 
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