7 Women in Hollywood Who've Battled Depression

In the United States, depression affects nearly 1 in 10 Americans — with the number of those diagnosed with the illness increasing by 20 percent each year, according to Healthline.com.

Among these statistics, women have higher rates of depression than men with 1 in 10 women experiencing symptoms of depression in the weeks after having a baby.  

With an estimated 121 million people around the world who currently suffer from some form of depression, it's no surprise that even some of the world's most talented and glamorous individuals are affected by the mental illness. One benefit of their celebrity status though is access to public forums to express ideas, voice opinions and raise awareness around this common illness.

We salute these women in the gallery above who use their limelight to not only speak about their struggles with depression but also encourage others to speak up and seek out help and treatment, if needed.

For more information and resources, please visit The National Institute of Mental Health's website

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