In an interview with Access Hollywood's Nancy O'Dell, comedian and new host of The Price Is Right Drew Carey revealed a darker side of himself. “I was depressed for a long time,” said Carey. So depressed that at the age of 18 and again in his 20's he attempted to take his own life by overdosing on pills.
Speaking of the stigma of the disease, Carey said, “Living in Hollywood, you can get disconnected from everybody. You can feel like you are the only one. So you feel it, you hold it in and you don’t let it go and you don’t try to find help because you think, 'Oh man if I tell anybody, I’m going to seem like I’m weak. I won’t get a movie deal. I won’t get invited to…' whatever goes through your head.”
When asked about Owen Wilson's recent suicide attempt, Carey replied, “It’s going to sound cold, but I wasn’t reading the paper going 'Oh poor guy.' I was thinking, I hope he’s learning what he is supposed to be learning from this whole experience and not wasting the opportunity to learn.”
Speaking about how he overcame his depression, Carey said, “I learned how to believe in myself. Learned how to set goals, you know, self help books, man. I just read every single one I can get a hold of and I still do. I read that stuff all the time still. I am always coming out bigger, better, stronger and happier.”