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Feature:
Depression

Depression Strikes… Anyone

Anyone can suffer from depression. And almost everyone has a friend or family member who has or had depression—whether they know it or not. That definitely includes famous people, many of whom have spoken out to reduce depression's lingering stigma.

Bruce Springsteen

"It was like all my notorious energy, something that had been mine to command for most of my life, had been cruelly stolen away."

Selma Hayek

"This acne was so bad it sent me into severe, severe depression. I couldn't leave the house."

Wayne Brady

"If you're not happy, you have to do something about it. Just to admit that you are feeling this way is a huge step."

Demi Lovato

"I was conquering the world, but then I would come crashing down, and I would be more depressed than ever."

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson

"I found that, with depression, one of the most important things you could realize is that you're not alone."

Kerry Washington

"Therapy helped me realize that maybe it's OK for me to communicate my feelings."

Sources: Born to Run, Simon & Schuster (Bruce Springsteen); Lucky magazine (Salma Hayek); BuzzFeed (Wayne Brady); Oprah's Master Class, OWN (Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson); 20/20, ABC television (Demi Lovato); Essence magazine (Kerry Washington)

Winter 2017 Issue: Volume 11 Number 4 Page 4