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

Speaking to Good Housekeeping about battling the illness, she said, “Finding out that it was called something was the best thing to ever happen to me…the fact that there was a name for my emotions and that a professional could talk me through my symptoms was very liberating. There are amazing highs and very low lows.”

“There is no need to suffer silently and there is no shame in seeking help,” she told People magazine in April 2011.

 

 

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By Jessica Shelton
Last Updated: Feb 13, 2018