Celebrity or not, mental illness does not discriminate. These 10 inspirational actors were each able to accomplish amazing things despite battling depression. While these celebrities represent merely a handful of those living with the condition in the public eye, by opening up about their experiences with depression they are creating new conversations to destigmatize mental illness in its many forms. Here they are speaking candidly about their individual struggles and recovery.

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Actress Amanda Seyfried opened up about her use of antidepressants as part of her ongoing treatment for obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), a common side of effect of which is depression.

“I’m on Lexapro, and I’ll never get off it. I’ve been on it since I was 19, so 11 years. I’m on the lowest dose. I don’t see the point of getting off it. Whether it’s a placebo or not, I don’t want to risk it. And what are you fighting against? Just the stigma of using a tool?” she told Allure magazine in October 2016.

“A mental illness is a thing that people cast in a different category, but I don’t think it is,” she continued. “It should be taken as seriously as anything else. You don’t see the mental illness: It’s not a mass; it’s not a cyst. But it’s there.”



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By Jessica Shelton
Last Updated: Feb 13, 2018