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.
Ashley Judd | As a successful actress, a passionate humanitarian, and a political activist, Ashley Judd has carved out quite an aspirational life. However, in her 2011 memoir "All that is Bitter and Sweet," Judd revealed that growing up with depression from a very young age was life-altering. Additionally, in 2006 she underwent 42 days of treatment in rehab for her clinical depression. "I would have died without it," she told People in 2011 of her time in rehab. Judd has managed to make peace with her past by amending broken family ties and investing her time in charity work. Photo Credit: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images
Beyoncé | As the world's most celebrated and iconic living pop star, Beyoncé is constantly in the eye of the media storm, whether it's with her chart topping music or views on feminism and fame. While Queen Bey has been in the limelight since the early days of Destiny's Child, the transformation from girl group superstar to a solo artist with megastage prominence was a difficult hurdle to overcome, especially as a teenager with depression. "I didn't eat. I stayed in my room," the star revealed to Parade Magazine. Today, Beyonce sheds any notions of perfection and instead upholds the flawless, self-loving mantra: "Happiness comes from you. No one else can make you happy. You make you happy." Photo Credit: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images For Roc Nation
Ellen DeGeneres | Funnywoman of our dreams, Ellen DeGeneres has publicly addressed her battles with depression and self-acceptance, particularly following her coming out about her sexuality in 1997 on her then wildly popular sitcom show. DeGeneres has spoken out numerous times about her difficulty in finding work for three years after her announcement. "Everything that I ever feared happened to me. I went from making a lot of money on a sitcom to making no money," DeGeneres said. "When I walked out of the studio after five years of wokring so hard, knowing I had been treated so disrespectfully for no other reason than I was gay, I just went into this deep, deep depression." Ellen eventually emerged from this difficult period with an award-winning talk show and a blossoming relationship with actress Portia De Rossi. Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images
Halle Berry | Starlet Halle Berry — most famously known by many as 'Cat Woman' — has opened up about contemplating suicide after the collapse of her first marriage to baseball player David Justice in 1996. "My sense of worth was so low. I had to reprogram myself to see the good in me. Berry went on to receive treatment following the incident and has since reveled in the joys of motherhood with current husband, Olivier Martinez. Photo Credit: Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic
Rosie O'Donnell | The comedienne and sharp-witted actress has always been very vocal about her experience with depression. "I couldn't stop crying. I stayed in my room. The lights were off. I couldn't get out of bed, and that's when I started taking medication." In addition to continued treatment with antidepressants, O'Donnell also notes yoga, and "inversion therapy" as aides in stabilizing her moods. Photo Credit: Monica Schipper/Getty Images for SiriusXM
Angelina Jolie | Humanitarian, actress, mother and filmmaker Angelina Jolie is almost always poised and dignified in the public eye, but during her teen years and early 20s, Jolie struggled with such composure as she battled severe clinical depression. When her mother, actress Marcheline Betrand passed away, Angelina returned to a dark place, only accepting film roles for blockbuster hits like "Wanted" to cope with her depression. "I felt I was going in a very dark place, and I wasn't capable of getting up in the morning, so I signed up for something that would force me to be active." Since then, Jolie has dedicated her life to serving others as a U.N. Global Ambassador and filmmaker, focusing on stories involving human rights. Photo Credit: Murat Kaynak/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
Lady Gaga | The dynamic pop star revealed how she recokned her supershot to stardom with her overbearing sadness in an interview with Harper's Bazaar. "I learned my sadness never destroyed what was great about me. You just have to go back to that greatness, find that one little light that's left. I'm lucky I found one little glimmer stored away." Gaga also admits that her goal is to demystify fame for her fans. "I have a new purpose now: to remind [my fans] that I am one of them, that we are one another. My concsiousness has changed." Photo Credit: Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images/The Carlyle