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Erin Wisti
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Depression is an ailment that affects many people worldwide. When celebrities speak out about their depression, it's a reminder of how difficult the disease can be. Regardless of your circumstances, depression can cause feelings of inexplicable and prolonged sadness. Quotes on depression from celebrities illuminate the daily struggle of living with the illness and remind others they are not alone. 

Comedians, actors, authors, and many other celebrities have chosen to be open about their depression over the years. Candid interviews in which famous people describe living with depression help raise public awareness of the condition. Leaning how stars manage their depression can also inspire people to seek treatment. Whether you've experienced depression yourself or not, listening to these celebs is worth your time as it will educate you about the reality of the disease. 


Sarah Silverman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People Describe What It's Like Living With Depression
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Sarah Silverman has been open about her depression throughout her career. While promoting her film I Smile Back, she spoke with NPR about her disease. The comedian stated, “The depression I experienced [felt] like a chemical change. It was like my perspective of the world changed about three degrees, and everything I saw was different. It feels like I'm terribly homesick, but I'm home. There's no way to satiate it.”

Age: 46

Birthplace: Manchester, New Hampshire, United States of America

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Kristen Bell is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Describe What It's Like Living With Depression
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Kristen Bell chose to be candid about the fact she relies on antidepressants to regulate her mood. In 2016, in an Off Camera interview, she stated, “[My mom's] a nurse and . . . when I was 18 said, 'If you start to feel like you are twisting things around you, and you feel like there is no sunlight around you and you are paralyzed with fear, this is what it is.’ I got on a prescription when I was really young and I still take it today.”

Age: 36

Birthplace: Huntington Woods, Michigan, United States of America

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Wayne Brady is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Describe What It's Like Living With Depression
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A normally upbeat comedian, Wayne Brady revealed he suffered from clinical depression and frequently had thoughts of self-loathing due to the disease. In a 2014 interview, he stated: 

Having a bad day is one thing, having a bad week is another, having a bad life … You don't want to move, you can't move in the darkness. You're like, 'I am just going to sit right here and I want to wallow in this. As much as it hurts, I am going to sit right here because this is what I deserve. This is what I deserve, so I am going to sit here because I am that horrible of a person.'"

Age: 44

Birthplace: Columbus, Georgia, United States of America

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Winona Ryder is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Describe What It's Like Living With Depression
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The film Girl, Interrupted was highly personal for Winona Ryder as she suffers from depression herself. Speaking about her role in the film, Ryder stated

It's such a cliche, but when you're depressed you really do think you're the only one going through it. The book really captured that time in your life that's so confusing and so oddly funny and weird. And she captured it with honesty and without being self-indulgent, in a way I hadn't seen since Salinger wrote about it in Catcher in the Rye. And that's saying a lot."

Age: 45

Birthplace: Minnesota, United States of America

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