12 Celebrities with Mental Illnesses

Overview of Mental Illnesses

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, mental disorders are common in the US and affect tens of millions of people each year, of which only a fraction receives treatment. In more recent years, celebrities in the US and around the world have been more forthcoming about their mental illnesses in order to inspire and spread awareness.

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December 3, 2013

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April 7, 2014

More About Depression

Depression impacts an estimated 15 million adults in the United States. Depression is a state of prolonged low mood and aversion to activity. A person's thoughts, behavior, feelings and physical well-being are affected and may include feelings of sadness, anxiety, emptiness, hopelessness, worthlessness, guilt, irritability, or restlessness.

The primary treatments for major depression are psychological counseling and medications.

Medication therapies include selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs), norepinephrine and dopamine reuptake inhibitors (NDRIs). SSRIs include: fluoxetine (Prozac), paroxetine (Paxil), sertraline (Zoloft), citalopram (Celexa) and escitalopram (Lexapro). SNRIs include: duloxetine (Cymbalta), venlafaxine (Effexor) and desvenlafaxine (Pristiq). Bupropion (Wellbutrin) is an NDRI. Atypical antidepressants include trazodone (Desyrel) and mirtazapine (Remeron). Each medication category has different side effects.