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Famous People With Depression

Stories of famous people with depression and other mood disorders.

Adam Duritz
Counting Crows lead singer Adam Duritz has spoken about his severe depression.

Ashley Judd
Actress Ashley Judd spoke in 2006 about her depression and eating disorder.

Billy Joel
A profile of the musician Billy Joel, who has reportedly struggled with depression throughout his life.

Brooke Shields
A profile of actress Brooke Shields and her experiences with postpartum depression.

Buzz Aldrin
Buzz Aldrin has spoken candidly about his past alcohol abuse and depression.

Delta Burke
In 2008, Delta Burke, star of the TV series Designing Women, spoke in an interview about being hospitalized for depression.

Diana, Princess of Wales
A profile of Diana, Princess of Wales, discussing her life and her experiences with depression and eating disorders.

Drew Carey
When he spoke with Access Hollywood's Nancy O'Dell, comedian Drew Carey confessed to attempting suicide on two occasions by overdosing on pills.

Emma Thompson
Nanny McPhee star Emma Thompson has admitted that she suffered from depression related to her struggles with infertility.

Harrison Ford
A profile of the actor Harrison Ford and his struggles with depression.

Heath Ledger
Before his 2008 overdose, actor Heath Ledger suffered from depression, insomnia and addiction.

Hugh Laurie
In a 2007 interview, Hugh Laurie, the British actor who portrays Dr. Greg House on Fox's hit medical drama House, confessed that he was suffering from depression.

J. K. Rowling
When interviewed by Adeel Amini for a student magazine at Edinburgh University, Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling spoke about the fact that she had once been depressed and suicidal.

Jeffrey Sebelia
Project Runway winner Jeffrey Sebelia once battled depression and came close to committing suicide.

Jim Carrey
A profile of the comedian Jim Carrey, who has openly discussed his experiences with depression.

Mark Roget
Mark Roget, the creator of Roget's Thesaurus, found at an early age that making lists of words helped him to cope with his depression.

Olivia Newton-John
In an interview with the Australian Women's Weekly magazine, singer Olivia Newton-John spoke about how she had struggled with depression after her long-time partner Patrick McDermott disappeared.

Owen Wilson
In August of 2007, Owen Wilson, who starred in such movies as Wedding Crashers and Starsky & Hutch was reported as having attempted suicide. He has thus far not publicly spoken about this event or having depression, however.

Pete Wentz
In an interview with Q magazine, Fall Out Boy bassist and songwriter Pete Wentz revealed that he has bipolar disorder.

Richard Jeni
Richard Jeni, a comedian who often appeared on comedy shows such as the Tonight Show, died in March 2007 from an apparent suicide.

Rosie O'Donnell
During her tenure on The View, Rosie O'Donnell discussed her depression following the Columbine High School shooting and how she currently uses inversion therapy to help control her depression.

Sheryl Crow
A profile of musician Sheryl Crow and her experiences with depression.

Terry Bradshaw
A profile of the football great Terry Bradshaw and his struggles with depression.

Thomas F. Eagleton
In 1972 when Sen. Thomas F. Eagleton was George McGovern's running mate in the presidential election he held a press conference to announce that he had been treated for depression with electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). He later left the ticket.

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