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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Kerry Washington spoke out in May 2015 about de-stigmatizing mental illness and mental health.

She also opened up about seeing a therapist in the magazine, noting that keeping tabs on mental health is just as important as monitoring our physical wellbeing.

“My brain and my heart are really important to me. I don’t know why I wouldn’t seek help to have those things as healthy as my teeth,” she told Glamour magazine. “I go to the dentist. So why wouldn’t I go to the shrink?”



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By Jessica Shelton
Last Updated: Feb 13, 2018