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When we suffer from depression, including bipolar disorder and postpartum depression, we may feel responsible for the depressive feelings. Like somehow it’s our fault.

 

We may also feel alone in battling the illness and lack support or inspiration from others.

 

Sometimes this may cause us to give up hope and feel like there’s no end to how low we’re feeling; after all, if there’s nothing we can do and nobody we can turn to for help, there’s no point in trying to get better.

 

Celebrities Can’t Get Depressed, Can They?

 

After all, only ordinary people like you can suffer from depression. High-flying celebrities are immune, right?

 

Wrong.

 

In recent years, numerous prominent figures from politics, sports and entertainment have ‘spoken out’ about their own battles with depression, bipolar and the stigma surrounding mental illness.

 

In fact, the pressures and expectations of public life often make dealing with mental illness harder. Denial and the need to fulfill high-profile duties can be compounded by the fear of stigma and intense scrutiny. There may be consequences that come with admitting that something’s not right and seeking help.

 

We can draw plenty of reassurance and inspiration from these candid accounts of grappling with the black dog in spite of – or sometimes due to – a very public life in the limelight.

 

We can also learn plenty of lessons from how others have fared in coping and living with depression, bipolar or postpartum depression and apply them to our own situation.

 

Here’s what three prominent figures from the worlds of sports and politics — interviewed in my book Back From The Brink –can teach you about coping with depression.

 

Read in Full:

http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2013/12/01/celebrity-tips-for-beating-depression/



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