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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Gwyneth Paltrow opened up about her experience with postpartum depression in an interview with Good Housekeeping in February 2011.

“I felt like a zombie. I couldn’t access my emotions,” she revealed. “I thought postpartum depression meant you were sobbing every single day and incapable of looking after a child. But there are different shades and depths to it.”



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By Jessica Shelton
Last Updated: Feb 13, 2018