Famous Folks

Phone:    (267) 404-3233                            email:     sandy@dasupportgroup.com

Buzz Aldrin (Astronaut) -Depression/Alcoholism.  Served as chairman of the National                          Mental health Association.

Roseanne  Barr (Actress/Comedian) -Depression.  Used antidepressants and                                           psychotherapy after being diagnosed with depression in 1994.

Kim Bassinger (Actress) -Panic Disorder/Social phobia/Depression.  Had her first panic                        attack in the middle of a grocery store.  Her panic attacks were so terrible that                              she developed agoraphobia and depression as a result.

Terry Bradshaw (Quarterback/Football) -Clinical Depression/Anxiety. Began taking                              antidepressants in the late 90’s.  Speaks out about mental illness                                                          publicly.

Marlin Brando (Actor) -Depression.  Experienced chronic depression throughout his                              life.

Delta Burke (Actress) -Depression.  Called her struggle with depression “lifelong” and                              said even as a teen she had trouble.

Earl Campbell (Football/Athlete) -Panic disorder.  Documented his personal struggle in                          “The Earl Campbell Story: A Football Greats Battle With Panic Disorder”.

Drew Carey (Comedian) -Depression/Alcoholism.  Said he suffered through a long                                      depression, and at 18 and again in his 20’s, attempted suicide.

Jim Carrey (Actor) -Depression.  Openly discussed his history of depression and being                              on  Prozac on “60 Minutes” in 2004.

Dick Clark (TV Personality) -Depression.  Talked about his experience with depression in                        the book, “On the Edge of Darkness”.

Dick Cavett (TV Personality) -Depression. He underwent electroconvulsive therapy for                           his lifelong depression, claiming that it was “miraculous”.

Pat Conroy (Writer) -Depression.  Battled depression his whole life and suffered a                                        setback  when his schizophrenic brother committed suicide.

Sheryl Crow (Singer/Songwriter) -Social phobia/Anxiety/Depression. Spoke about her                            lifelong chronic mental illness.  “It’s a part of who I am.  It is constantly there.                              I just know how, at this point, to sort of manage it.”

Ellen DeGeneres (Comedienne) -Depression.  Suffered a three year long depression                                starting in 1987.  She refers to them as “the dark days”.

John Denver (Singer/Songwriter) -Depression/Alcoholism.  Most of his songs written                            before the 80’s were born out of his feelings of depression and are some of his                              most famous works.

Johnny Depp (Actor) -Panic Disorder/Social Anxiety.  The actor doesn’t speak about                                this very often, but his struggles with panic disorder are well known.

Princess Diana (Princess of Wales) -Depression/Bulimia-lived with bulimia and                                          experienced bouts of depression.

Charles Dickens (Writer) -Depression.  His depression was documented in the book                               “Key to Genius”.

Sally Field (Actress) -Anxiety Disorder/Social Phobia.  States she still dreads any social                            events, “I couldn’t take it. I’d have an anxiety attack”.  Although she still                                            struggles today, she has managed to find to keep on going.

Harrison Ford (Actor) -Depression. he suffered severe depression in his youth and                                   credits signing up for drama class where he overcame all of his fears.

Audrey Hepburn (Actress) -Depression.  Reportedly she battled this illness for most of                           her life.

Janet Jackson (Singer) -Depression. Has chronically suffered from depression,                                        especially  for the two years preceding the release of “Velvet Rope”.

Billy Joel (Singer) -Depression/Alcoholism.  Experienced serious depression and                                      admitted himself into  a hospital for treatment after a suicide attempt.

Scarlett Johansson (Actress) -Anxiety/Panic Disorder.  Has suffered from severe                                   anxiety and panic attacks.

Larry King (Talk Show Host) -Depression.  after battling depression himself, he helped                           change our perceptions about mental illness over the 25 year course of his                                     show.

Heath Ledger (Actor) -Depression/Drug Abuse.  Prior to his death, Ledger battled                                    depression and drug abuse.

David Letterman (Talk Show Host) -Depression.  After dealing with crippling                                           depression, he spoke out about it in order to help stop the stigma attached to                                 mental illness.

Abraham Lincoln (President) -Depression/Anxiety.  His first major depression                                       happened in his early 20’s and he struggled with it for the remainder of his                                     life, in addition to anxiety attacks.

Greg Louganis (Olympic Diver) -Depression.  He first experienced depression when he                        was  12 and he later attempted suicide twice. Publicly speaks about his battles.

Rosie O’Donnell (Comedienne) -Depression.  Says her depression started to improve                            when she was 37 and began taking medication.

Donny Osmond (Performer) -Panic/Anxiety disorder/Social phobia.Depression.  One of                  the few celebrities that have disclosed their diagnosis publicly, he is now an                                    honorary member of the ADAA.

J.K. Rowling (Author) -Depression.  Depression hit after her first marriage broke down                      after two years.  She credits writing her first Harry Potter novel with helping                                  her overcome the depression.

Lean Rimes (Singer) -Anxiety. As recently as the middle of 2012, she was admitted into a                    treatment facility for severe anxiety and stress.

Winona Ryder (Actress) -Depression/Panic attacks.  Says she had panic attacks starting                       at 12 and ended up in a psychiatric clinic at 19 for treatment of severe                                               depression.

Brooke Shields (Actress) -Postpartum Depression.  Suffered from severe postpartum                           depression  after the birth of her two sons.  Public advocate for mental health.

Emma Stone (Actress) -Panic Disorder.  Dealt with numerous panic attacks to the point                       she developed agoraphobia.

Barbra Streisand (Singer) -Generalized Anxiety Disorder/Social Anxiety.  She was so                           severe that she was not seen by people for almost 30 years since she choose                                   not to be seen in public.  She was able to deal with it and regain her singing                             career for just a short period of time.

Emma Thompson (Actress) -Depression.  Said she battled clinical depression in the                               past,  with her career saving her from “going under”.

Mike Wallace (News Caster) -Depression.  Diagnosed with clinical depression in 1984.                         He experienced severe depressive episodes, and attempted suicide. But he                                       overcame this with therapy and antidepressants medication. Speaking                                     publicly on depression, he urged those who suffer depression to seek                                         treatment.

Ricky Williams (Football/Athlete) -Social Anxiety Disorder.  Heisman trophy winner                           was  diagnosed with social anxiety disorder.

Robin Williams (Actor) -Depression/Anxiety/Alcoholism.  He struggled with mental                           health and addiction until his suicide at age 63 after recently being diagnosed                               with Parkinson’s Syndrome.

Tammy Wynette (Country Singer) -Depression.  Received electroconvulsive therapy for                        her depression.

Boris Yeltsin (President of Russia) -Depression/Alcoholism.  Suffered from depression                        and used drinking to try to reduce his problems, causing periodic                                                        disappearances while being president.  Ended up a political outcast,                                          mainly due to the fact that he was not in a condition of be in power of the                                nations  nuclear force.

These is just a few of the many many well-known people who deal with mental illness. There are many more that could be on this list.  Just know that you are not alone!