35 Famous People With Depression or Dysthymia

Depression is a common but serious mood disorder. It can affect people differently depending on their gender, age, cultural background, and personality traits.

Signs and Symptoms

If you have been experiencing some of the following symptoms most of the day, for at least two weeks, you may be suffering from depression. These symptoms include:

  • appetite and/or weight changes;
  • a persistent state of anxiety or sadness;
  • thoughts of death or suicide;
  • feelings of pessimism or hopelessness;
  • digestive problems without a clear physical cause;
  • irritability;
  • headaches;
  • feelings of guilt;
  • difficulty sleeping;
  • loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies;
  • difficulty concentrating or making decisions;
  • decreased energy;
  • feeling restless;
  • talking more slowly.

Types

Major Depression

It is a severe form of depression where a sufferer loses his ability to find pleasure in activities once considered enjoyable.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

It is a period of major depression which most often happens during the winter months –  when you get less and less sunlight.

Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder

This severe form of PMS can trigger sadness, anxiety, depression, or irritability, in the week before a woman’s period.

Persistent Depressive Disorder (Dysthymia)

If you have depression which lasts for 2 years or longer, it is called persistent depressive disorder.

Postpartum Depression (PPD)

The birth of a baby brings enormous joy, however, it can sometimes lead to postpartum depression, a form of depression which affects 1 in 4 women and 1 in 8 men.

Bipolar Disorder

It is a mood disorder characterized by periods of abnormally elevated mood known as mania.

Here Is A List Of 35 Famous People With Depression or Dysthymia

#1 Gwyneth Paltrow

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She is an American actress who is best known for her film portrayals of complex and intelligent characters.

After her father died in 2002, Gwyneth Paltrow dealt with clinical depression.

#2 Halle Berry

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She is an American actress and former fashion model. For her performance in Monster’s Ball in 2001, Halle Berry won an Academy Award for best actress and becoming the first African-American woman to win the honor.

Halle Berry acknowledges that her divorce from then-husband David Justice sent her into a deep depression.

#3 Katy Perry

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Kate Perry is an American award-winning recording artist, philanthropist, and actress from Santa Barbara.

She has spoken candidly about her struggles with depression and alcohol and even admitted that she has thought about suicide.

#4 Beyoncé

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She is a multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning recording artist who’s acclaimed for her thrilling videos, vocals, and live shows.

Beyoncé was so depressed when her former Destiny’s Child bandmates Latavia Roberson and Letoya Luckett quit the group, she spent days in her bedroom refusing to eat.

#5 Owen Wilson

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He is an American producer, actor, and screenwriter. His film ”The Royal Tenenbaums” is his best-known work that made him famous in Hollywood.

Nevertheless, one thing many people didn’t know is that Owen had a history of substance abuse problems and depression.

#6 Dwayne Johnson

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Dwayne Johnson, also known as The Rock, is an American semi-retired professional wrestler, actor, and producer.

He said during an episode of Oprah’s Master Class – “I found that, with depression, one of the most important things you could realize is that you’re not alone.”

#7 Demi Lovato

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She is a popular contemporary actress and singer of American descent known for her albums ”Here We Go Again” and ”Don’t Forget.”

In 2011, Demi Lovato was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. She describes her mental health as a “work in progress” with the support of her treatment team.

#8 Drew Carey

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He is an American actor, sports executive, comedian, and game show host.

”I was depressed for a long time,” Drew Carey revealed. Actually, both at 18 and in his early 20s, he attempted to take his own life by swallowing pills.

#9 Kendrick Lamar

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He became one of hip-hop’s most influential new rappers with singles like ”Poetic Justice.”

Kendrick Lamar also used his music to speak about his personal struggles with suicidal thoughts and depression.

#10 Ashley Judd

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Ashley Judd is an American actress and political activist.

At Audrey Gruss’ annual Hope for Depression luncheon Wednesday, she spoke about her struggle with depression and recovery from the disease.

#11 Anne Hathaway

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She is an American singer and one of the world’s highest-paid actresses. Anne Hathaway has received multiple awards, including a Golden Globe, an Academy Award, an Emmy, and a British Academy Film Award.

Anne suffered from anxiety and depression in her teens, however, she worked through her troubles without taking medication.

#12 Chrissy Teigen

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She is an American model who made her debut in the annual Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in 2010.

In 2016, Chrissy revealed she had developed postpartum depression after giving birth to her daughter, Luna.

#13 Jon Hamm

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He is an American actor best known for playing advertising executive Don Draper for Mad Men, an AMC television drama series.

In an interview with the InStyle, the actor told the magazine how therapy has helped him through a number of mental health issues including alcohol addiction, depression, and grief.

#14 Georgia O’Keeffe

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She was a 20th-century American painter best known for her canvases depicting skyscrapers, flowers, southeastern landscapes, and animal skulls.

According to biographers Hunter Drohojowska-Philp and Roxana Robinson, Georgia O’Keeffe suffered significant periods of depression during her life.

#15 Roseanne Barr

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She is an American comedian, actress, writer, and television producer.

Roseanne has said she had gone through “wild bouts of depression” and was medicated for it.

#16 Catherine Zeta-Jones

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She is a Welsh-born actress who demonstrated her versatility in a wide range of films, most notably the musical Chicago.

In 2011, Catherine Zeta-Jones revealed that she has bipolar II disorder, that causes severe depression.

#17 Lady GagaLady Gaga

She is an American songwriter, singer, and actress who is best known for her provocative and unconventional work as well as visual experimentation.

In a 2016 interview with The Mirror, Lady Gaga said – “I openly admit to having battled depression and anxiety and I think a lot of people do. I think it’s better when we all say: ‘Cheers!’ And ‘fess up to it.”

#18 Cara Delevingne

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She is a British supermodel and actress who’s starred in films like ”Suicide Squad”, ”Paper Moons,” and ”Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.”

But as Cara Delevingne’s star rose, she struggled with depression, she says. At 15, she hit “a massive wave of anxiety, depression, and self-hatred.”

#19 Brooke Shields

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She is an American actress and model who is known for her early movie roles and TV series like Suddenly Susan.

Brooke Shields was one of the first celebrities to speak openly about her struggle with postpartum depression.

#20 William James

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He was an American psychologist and philosopher, and the first educator to offer a psychology course in the US.

William James suffered periods of depression during which he contemplated suicide for months on end.

#21 Johnny Depp

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He is an American producer, actor, and musician who won the Golden Globe Award and has been nominated for 3 Academy Awards.

Johnny Depp mentioned his battles with depression and anxiety in the past.

#22 Naomi Judd

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She is an American country music singer, songwriter, and activist. Naomi is also an actress known for Someone Like You… (2001), An Evergreen Christmas (2014), and Route 65 Nashville.

In her book – “River of Time: My Descent into Depression and How I Emerged with Hope,” Naomi details her struggle with anxiety and depression which almost convinced her to take her own life.

#23 Michael Phelps

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He has set the record for winning the most medals, 28, of any Olympic athlete in history.

Interviewed by political strategist David Axelrod, Michael Phelps highlighted his battle against depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts.

#24 Robin Williams

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He was an American actor and comedian who is credited with leading San Francisco’s comedy renaissance.

His suicide in 2014 shocked millions of fans worldwide, but Robin Williams had a long history of substance and alcohol abuse and depression.

#25 Sarah Silverman

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She is an American stand-up comedian, producer, actress, and writer. For her work on television, Sarah has won two Primetime Emmy Awards.

In an interview with the Glamour, Sarah Silverman said that she has struggled with depression. Plus, she takes small doses of Zoloft to maintain her mental health.

#26 Terry Bradshaw

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He is a former American football quarterback who played professionally in the National Football League.

Terry Bradshaw was diagnosed with depression and has used a combination of therapy, positive thinking, and medications to overcome the condition.

#27 Ryan Phillippe

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He is an American director, actor, and writer. Ryan Phillippe married Reese Witherspoon in June 1999, and they separated after 7 years of marriage in October 2007.

”I’ve found ways to cope”- Ryan discusses his struggle with long-term depression.

#28 Kristen Bell

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She is an American singer and actress who is known for her roles on TV’s Veronica Mars and in films such as Couples Retreat, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and Get Him to the Greek.

In an interview on YouTube’s Off-Camera Show, she told Sam Jones that she takes medication for anxiety and depression.

#29 John Cleese

He is an English actor. John also co-wrote the hit BBC sitcom ”Fawlty Towers.”

John Cleese has revealed his battle with life-long depression.

#30 Winona RyderWinona Ryder

She is an American actress. Her television debut was The Simpsons in 1994.

After her high-profile relationship with actor Johnny Depp ended, she experienced anxiety attacks, started abusing alcohol, and spiraling into depression.

#31 Princess Diana

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She was a member of the British royal family as the first wife of Charles, Prince of Wales. Diana was also the mother of Prince Harry and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge.

Princess Diana suffered from an eating disorder as well as postpartum depression.

#32 Wayne Brady

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He is an American singer, actor, and comedian who was a regular on the comedy television series ”Whose Line Is It Anyway?”

In 2006, Wayne Brady’s depression began to send him on a downward spiral, so much so that it ended his marriage.

#33 Abraham Lincoln

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He was the 16th President of the United States. Some American historians consider him to be the finest president the country has ever had.

Abraham Lincoln suffered from severe and debilitating bouts of depression that were described by Carl Sandburg in his biographical analysis of his life.

#34 Bruce Springsteen

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He is an American musician and singer-songwriter, known for his work with the E Street Band.

Bruce has written about his long battle with depression in his autobiography ”Born to Run.”

#35 Adele

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She is a Grammy Award-winning artist whose soulful sound has made her an international success.

Adele told Vanity Fair – “I had really bad postpartum depression after I had my son, and it frightened me.”

Do you know any other celebrities with depression? Please let us know in the comments below.

References

http://www.jabfm.org/content/20/1/28.full
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/05/16/body-clock-disruption
https://med.stanford.edu/williamslab/research/complete/family.html