28 Celebrities Who Have Battled Depression (PHOTOS)

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28 Celebrities Who Have Battled Depression (PHOTOS)

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28 Celebrities Who Have Battled Depression (PHOTOS)

As enviable as fame seems to us outside the A-list bubble, those inside seem just as susceptible to mood disorders like depression, if not more so.

Check out this photo gallery to read about their experiences.

For more information on depression and to get support, visit the National Alliance on Mental Illness’s website

28 Celebrities Who Have Battled Depression (PHOTOS)
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1. Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga recently visited the Ali Forney Center, a shelter for homeless LGBT youth, and opened up about being raped at 19 and living with a mental illness.

"I don't have the same kind of issues that you have, but I have a mental illness and I struggle with that every day so I need my mantra to help keep me relaxed,” she said in a segment for Today.

"I suffer from PTSD. I've never told anyone that before, so here we are. But the kindness that's been shown to me by doctors — as well as my family and my friends — it's really saved my life."

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1. Lady Gaga

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Lady Gaga recently visited the Ali Forney Center, a shelter for homeless LGBT youth, and opened up about being raped at 19 and living with a mental illness.

"I don't have the same kind of issues that you have, but I have a mental illness and I struggle with that every day so I need my mantra to help keep me relaxed,” she said in a segment for Today.

"I suffer from PTSD. I've never told anyone that before, so here we are. But the kindness that's been shown to me by doctors — as well as my family and my friends — it's really saved my life."

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2. Kendra Wilkinson

Kendra Wilkinson

Kendra Wilkinson suffers from seasonal affective disorder (SAD), which is a specific type of depression that comes and goes according to the seasons of the year.

"I don't know about u guys but I feel crazy around the holidays. Moody and s—t. Maybe I'm like this year round and don't know though," she tweeted.

The symptoms of SAD tend to be more severe during the winter months and can cause sufferers to feel low, lose interest in normal everyday activities and feel lethargic.

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2. Kendra Wilkinson

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Kendra Wilkinson suffers from seasonal affective disorder (SAD), which is a specific type of depression that comes and goes according to the seasons of the year.

"I don't know about u guys but I feel crazy around the holidays. Moody and s—t. Maybe I'm like this year round and don't know though," she tweeted.

The symptoms of SAD tend to be more severe during the winter months and can cause sufferers to feel low, lose interest in normal everyday activities and feel lethargic.

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3. Miranda Kerr

Miranda Kerr

The Australian model recently opened up about her split from Orlando Bloom and the depression that soon followed.

"When Orlando and I separated, I actually fell into a really bad depression," she said to Elle Canada. "I never understood the depth of that feeling or the reality of that because I was naturally a very happy person."

3. Miranda Kerr

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The Australian model recently opened up about her split from Orlando Bloom and the depression that soon followed.

"When Orlando and I separated, I actually fell into a really bad depression," she said to Elle Canada. "I never understood the depth of that feeling or the reality of that because I was naturally a very happy person."

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4. Pete Davidson

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The SNL star — who lost his dad in the September 11th attacks — told the hosts of The Breakfast Club that Kid Cudi’s 2009 album saved his life when he was depressed, his comments coming just two weeks after Cudi told fans he’s in rehab for depression himself.

“Cudi’s the best of all. He saved my life. I would’ve killed myself if I didn’t have Kid Cudi … Absolutely, 100 percent. I truly believe if Man on the Moon didn’t come out, I wouldn’t be here.”

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4. Pete Davidson

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The SNL star — who lost his dad in the September 11th attacks — told the hosts of The Breakfast Club that Kid Cudi’s 2009 album saved his life when he was depressed, his comments coming just two weeks after Cudi told fans he’s in rehab for depression himself.

“Cudi’s the best of all. He saved my life. I would’ve killed myself if I didn’t have Kid Cudi … Absolutely, 100 percent. I truly believe if Man on the Moon didn’t come out, I wouldn’t be here.”

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5. Rachel Bloom

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This Crazy Ex-Girlfriend star got candid about her past sleep anxiety, relationship anxiety, and depression in a Glamour essay.

“I’m naturally bubbly, even when I’m sad. But here’s what people can’t see: During a spiral the world feels dark,” she explains. “But in opening up to others, I found a lot of people have felt the same way.”

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5. Rachel Bloom

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This Crazy Ex-Girlfriend star got candid about her past sleep anxiety, relationship anxiety, and depression in a Glamour essay.

“I’m naturally bubbly, even when I’m sad. But here’s what people can’t see: During a spiral the world feels dark,” she explains. “But in opening up to others, I found a lot of people have felt the same way.”

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6. JoJo

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This “Leave (Get Out)” singer — born Joanna Noëlle Blagden Levesque — told Entertainment Tonight she had “many low points” while a terrible recording contract kept her out of the spotlight.

“I was depressed, I was drinking a lot because I wanted to get out of my mind,” she said.

6. JoJo

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This “Leave (Get Out)” singer — born Joanna Noëlle Blagden Levesque — told Entertainment Tonight she had “many low points” while a terrible recording contract kept her out of the spotlight.

“I was depressed, I was drinking a lot because I wanted to get out of my mind,” she said.

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7. Kid Cudi

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On October 4, this “Pursuit of Happiness” hip hop star told fans he had checked into rehab.

“I am not at peace,” he wrote on Facebook. “I haven't been since you've known me. If I didn't come here, I would've done something to myself. I simply am a damaged human swimming in a pool of emotions everyday of my life.”

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On October 4, this “Pursuit of Happiness” hip hop star told fans he had checked into rehab.

“I am not at peace,” he wrote on Facebook. “I haven't been since you've known me. If I didn't come here, I would've done something to myself. I simply am a damaged human swimming in a pool of emotions everyday of my life.”

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8. Dwayne Johnson

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The actor formerly known as The Rock appeared on Oprah’s Master Class in 2015 to talk about his multiple periods of depression. “The only anchor I was able to hold onto during those hard times was faith.”

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8. Dwayne Johnson

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The actor formerly known as The Rock appeared on Oprah’s Master Class in 2015 to talk about his multiple periods of depression. “The only anchor I was able to hold onto during those hard times was faith.”

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9. Kim Kardashian

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The reality queen also opened up to Oprah about her depression, which she says she experienced after divorcing Kris Humphries. “I was in such a deep depression I thought I was going to back away from it all,” she said.

9. Kim Kardashian

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The reality queen also opened up to Oprah about her depression, which she says she experienced after divorcing Kris Humphries. “I was in such a deep depression I thought I was going to back away from it all,” she said.

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10. Hayden Panettiere

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The Nashville star checked into rehab for postpartum depression last month, just weeks after talking to Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan about her character Juliette’s postpartum depression: “It’s something a lot of women experience, but you don’t realize how broad of a spectrum you can really experience that on.”

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10. Hayden Panettiere

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The Nashville star checked into rehab for postpartum depression last month, just weeks after talking to Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan about her character Juliette’s postpartum depression: “It’s something a lot of women experience, but you don’t realize how broad of a spectrum you can really experience that on.”

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11. Jon Hamm

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The Mad Men Emmy winner told The Guardian he “struggled with chronic depression” in his 20s, following the death of his father.

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The Mad Men Emmy winner told The Guardian he “struggled with chronic depression” in his 20s, following the death of his father.

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12. Claudia Jordan

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The Real Housewives of Atlanta star described her chronic depression in a 2015 Facebook post. “I experienced every kind of disappointment a woman can experience if you know what I mean ... I felt like a child again, and my confidence was shattered.”

12. Claudia Jordan

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The Real Housewives of Atlanta star described her chronic depression in a 2015 Facebook post. “I experienced every kind of disappointment a woman can experience if you know what I mean ... I felt like a child again, and my confidence was shattered.”

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13. Owen Wilson

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The funnyman tried taking his own life in 2007, just two years after referring to his “Irish strain of depression” in a Playboy interview, per People.

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13. Owen Wilson

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The funnyman tried taking his own life in 2007, just two years after referring to his “Irish strain of depression” in a Playboy interview, per People.

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14. Gwyneth Paltrow

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The actress and Goopy lifestyle maven opened up to Good Housekeeping about her postpartum depression following the birth of second child Moses, saying, “I felt like a zombie. I couldn’t access my heart. I couldn’t access my emotions. I couldn’t connect. It was terrible.”

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14. Gwyneth Paltrow

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The actress and Goopy lifestyle maven opened up to Good Housekeeping about her postpartum depression following the birth of second child Moses, saying, “I felt like a zombie. I couldn’t access my heart. I couldn’t access my emotions. I couldn’t connect. It was terrible.”

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15. Brooke Shields

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The actress detailed her postpartum depression in a New York Times response to Tom Cruise’s views of psychiatry, writing, “I wanted [daughter Rowan] to disappear. I wanted to disappear. At my lowest points, I thought of swallowing a bottle of pills or jumping out the window of my apartment.”

15. Brooke Shields

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The actress detailed her postpartum depression in a New York Times response to Tom Cruise’s views of psychiatry, writing, “I wanted [daughter Rowan] to disappear. I wanted to disappear. At my lowest points, I thought of swallowing a bottle of pills or jumping out the window of my apartment.”

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16. Winona Ryder

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The Black Swan beauty told The San Francisco Chronicle that she started becoming depressed around age 19, saying, “[We actors are] very blessed. We’re sickeningly well-paid people who have charmed lives. But there’s a lot the public doesn’t see, a lot of darkness and demons that everybody in the world struggles with.”

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16. Winona Ryder

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The Black Swan beauty told The San Francisco Chronicle that she started becoming depressed around age 19, saying, “[We actors are] very blessed. We’re sickeningly well-paid people who have charmed lives. But there’s a lot the public doesn’t see, a lot of darkness and demons that everybody in the world struggles with.”

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17. Chrissy Metz

Chrissy Metz

The This Is Us beauty was “depressed” and “eating her feelings” after moving to L.A. for a career in Hollywood.

Chrissy ended up only going to “maybe two auditions a year” and worked full-time as a junior commercial casting agent, the 36-year-old explains to People.

Following a panic attack-induced trip to the hospital on her 30th birthday, Kate Pearson's portrayer started listening to doctor’s orders and began a mental and physical “overhaul.”

After all that amazing work, the NBC star says, “I'm proud of who I am.”

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17. Chrissy Metz

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The This Is Us beauty was “depressed” and “eating her feelings” after moving to L.A. for a career in Hollywood.

Chrissy ended up only going to “maybe two auditions a year” and worked full-time as a junior commercial casting agent, the 36-year-old explains to People.

Following a panic attack-induced trip to the hospital on her 30th birthday, Kate Pearson's portrayer started listening to doctor’s orders and began a mental and physical “overhaul.”

After all that amazing work, the NBC star says, “I'm proud of who I am.”

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18. Shannon Purser

Shannon Purser

The Stranger Things favorite has been open about her history of self-harm, depression, and anxiety since proving to be one of her Netflix show’s breakout stars.

“[A bad breakup] really set off a lot of the things I’ve been holding onto — a lot of emotions and thought processes,” Barb's portrayer explained to Us Weekly in February 2017.

“At that point I was so miserable and couldn’t get out of bed, I felt so isolated and so unworthy of love that I just had to go to my parents and say, ‘I think I really need help or I’m going to continue to fall apart.’”

Shannon, 19, hasn’t self-harmed since she was 15.

18. Shannon Purser

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The Stranger Things favorite has been open about her history of self-harm, depression, and anxiety since proving to be one of her Netflix show’s breakout stars.

“[A bad breakup] really set off a lot of the things I’ve been holding onto — a lot of emotions and thought processes,” Barb's portrayer explained to Us Weekly in February 2017.

“At that point I was so miserable and couldn’t get out of bed, I felt so isolated and so unworthy of love that I just had to go to my parents and say, ‘I think I really need help or I’m going to continue to fall apart.’”

Shannon, 19, hasn’t self-harmed since she was 15.

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19. Katy Perry

Katy Perry

Katy Perry is back with a hit new single, but the songstress took a break from music for a few years to focus on her health. 

"It's called taking care of your mental health," she told Ryan Seacrest at the 2017 Grammys. “And I haven't shaved my head yet!"

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19. Katy Perry

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Katy Perry is back with a hit new single, but the songstress took a break from music for a few years to focus on her health. 

"It's called taking care of your mental health," she told Ryan Seacrest at the 2017 Grammys. “And I haven't shaved my head yet!"

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20. Chrissy Teigen

Chrissy Teigen

The Sports Illustrated model revealed she suffers from postpartum depression in the April issue of Glamour magazine. 

"I would go two days without a bite of food, and you know how big of a deal food is for me. One thing that really got me was just how short I was with people,” she wrote in an essay. 

"My doctor pulled out a book and started listing symptoms. And I was like, 'Yep, yep, yep.' I got my diagnosis: postpartum depression and anxiety. (The anxiety explains some of my physical symptoms.)"

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20. Chrissy Teigen

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The Sports Illustrated model revealed she suffers from postpartum depression in the April issue of Glamour magazine. 

"I would go two days without a bite of food, and you know how big of a deal food is for me. One thing that really got me was just how short I was with people,” she wrote in an essay. 

"My doctor pulled out a book and started listing symptoms. And I was like, 'Yep, yep, yep.' I got my diagnosis: postpartum depression and anxiety. (The anxiety explains some of my physical symptoms.)"

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21. Lo Bosworth

Lo Bosworth

The Hills' star went public with her depression struggles in a blog post, revealing that she suffered from crippling anxiety throughout 2016. After a blood test, it was revealed that her condition was caused by a severe vitamin deficiency due to a genetic abnormality, and she now must take high-potency vitamins every day for the rest of her life.

21. Lo Bosworth

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The Hills' star went public with her depression struggles in a blog post, revealing that she suffered from crippling anxiety throughout 2016. After a blood test, it was revealed that her condition was caused by a severe vitamin deficiency due to a genetic abnormality, and she now must take high-potency vitamins every day for the rest of her life.

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22. Gillian Anderson

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“There were times when it was really bad,” the X-Files star told The Guardian about her depression. 

“There have been times in my life where I haven’t wanted to leave the house.”

She has a prescription for the pain, though: “All I know is that when I meditate, one goes beyond the physical, and it is possible to tap into a sense of absolute contentment and joy in that place.”

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“There were times when it was really bad,” the X-Files star told The Guardian about her depression. 

“There have been times in my life where I haven’t wanted to leave the house.”

She has a prescription for the pain, though: “All I know is that when I meditate, one goes beyond the physical, and it is possible to tap into a sense of absolute contentment and joy in that place.”

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23. Jerry Maguire's Jonathan Lipnicki

Jerry Maguire's Jonathan Lipnicki

"As a kid/teen, I was made fun of relentlessly by some people who are now even my friends on FB. I was told I was a has-been and would never book a job again," the Jerry McGuire star wrote on Instagram.

"I was made to feel like garbage every day of middle school to the point where I had a panic attack every night before school, because I wondered how I would get through the next day."

What the actor experienced during school contributed to his battle with depression. 

"I'm not a victim, I'm a survivor and kids will hopefully see that they can be too. I'm telling this story on my own terms. My confidence is built on the many, many failures I've had. My confidence is built on the fact that I won't quit."

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"As a kid/teen, I was made fun of relentlessly by some people who are now even my friends on FB. I was told I was a has-been and would never book a job again," the Jerry McGuire star wrote on Instagram.

"I was made to feel like garbage every day of middle school to the point where I had a panic attack every night before school, because I wondered how I would get through the next day."

What the actor experienced during school contributed to his battle with depression. 

"I'm not a victim, I'm a survivor and kids will hopefully see that they can be too. I'm telling this story on my own terms. My confidence is built on the many, many failures I've had. My confidence is built on the fact that I won't quit."

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24. Bella Thorne

Bella Thorne

“Came to the conclusion that I struggle with depression :/ you aren’t alone,” the actress tweeted on Tuesday, April 4. 

The 19-year-old has been open about dealing with online criticism and working on her mental health in the past. 

24. Bella Thorne

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“Came to the conclusion that I struggle with depression :/ you aren’t alone,” the actress tweeted on Tuesday, April 4. 

The 19-year-old has been open about dealing with online criticism and working on her mental health in the past. 

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25. Lena Headey

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Responding to a fan inquiry, this Game of Thrones star revealed her experiences with both depression and anxiety on Twitter — before inspiring her fans.

“I overthink for sure. I am familiar with depression. I get huge anxiety,” she said.

“Anxiety is a beast. Anxiety. Depression. It’s real and it’s chemical. It’s also spiritual. We’re slammed with bullshit, tricked into thinking you’re not enough — well, here’s the truth. You are enough. In fact, you’re who you’re meant to be which is beautiful. Don't be afraid to let someone really see you.”

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25. Lena Headey

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Responding to a fan inquiry, this Game of Thrones star revealed her experiences with both depression and anxiety on Twitter — before inspiring her fans.

“I overthink for sure. I am familiar with depression. I get huge anxiety,” she said.

“Anxiety is a beast. Anxiety. Depression. It’s real and it’s chemical. It’s also spiritual. We’re slammed with bullshit, tricked into thinking you’re not enough — well, here’s the truth. You are enough. In fact, you’re who you’re meant to be which is beautiful. Don't be afraid to let someone really see you.”

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26. Blake Lively

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“I have [Googled myself] before and it’s just ended in full depression,” the Gossip Girl star Variety. “So I think it’s a good rule of thumb not to Google yourself because the Internet is not nice.”

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“I have [Googled myself] before and it’s just ended in full depression,” the Gossip Girl star Variety. “So I think it’s a good rule of thumb not to Google yourself because the Internet is not nice.”

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27. Eric Dane

Eric Dane

Production has stopped on The Last Ship while the former Grey's Anatomy star battles depression. 

"Eric asked for a break to deal with personal issues," his rep told Variety in a statement.  

"He suffers from depression and has asked for a few weeks of downtime and the producers kindly granted that request. He looks forward to returning."

27. Eric Dane

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Production has stopped on The Last Ship while the former Grey's Anatomy star battles depression. 

"Eric asked for a break to deal with personal issues," his rep told Variety in a statement.  

"He suffers from depression and has asked for a few weeks of downtime and the producers kindly granted that request. He looks forward to returning."

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28. Lili Reinhart

Lili Reinhart

Before landing her role on Riverdale, the 20-year-old struggled with depression. 

"Riverdale came into my life when I was going through the worst depression I had ever experienced,” she tweeted on Saturday, May 13. 

“And in the end it completely saved me. Since it's mental health awareness month, I figured it would be good to share that. I worked my ass off to make a living out of what I love,” she continued. 

"When I'm feeling depressed or sad, I remind myself how far I've come. And how I didn't let my depression consume me."

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28. Lili Reinhart

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Before landing her role on Riverdale, the 20-year-old struggled with depression. 

"Riverdale came into my life when I was going through the worst depression I had ever experienced,” she tweeted on Saturday, May 13. 

“And in the end it completely saved me. Since it's mental health awareness month, I figured it would be good to share that. I worked my ass off to make a living out of what I love,” she continued. 

"When I'm feeling depressed or sad, I remind myself how far I've come. And how I didn't let my depression consume me."

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As enviable as fame seems to us outside the A-list bubble, those inside seem just as susceptible to mood disorders like depression, if not more so.

Check out this photo gallery to read about their experiences.

For more information on depression and to get support, visit the National Alliance on Mental Illness’s website