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  • Anonymous
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    After finding quotes by
    Jessica Lange on depression that I hadn’t read in years, I started to wonder
    which other actors, actresses and performers in general suffer/have suffered
    from depression and other mood disorders. 

    I know there’s a connection
    between creativity and mood disorders (re: Kay Redfield Jamison’s Touched by
    Fire). 

    Does anyone know of any
    other performers?

    Jessica Lange on depression:

    Jessica Lange
    acknowledged (US Magazine, 1995) she went through her last depression about two
    years previously: “and it was really a tough one. And when I came out, I felt
    like I had gone through something and come out the other end. And now, it seems
    odd to use the word, but I feel very happy… I had really tremendous mood
    swings. And I still do…

    “But I have never been a
    believer in psychoanalysis or therapy or anything like that,” she said. “I’ve
    never          done that.” In a Los
    Angeles Times interview (March, 1995) Lange commented “though my dark side is  dormant right now, it continues to play a big
    role in whatever capacity I have to be creative – that’s the well I’m able to
    tap into where all the anguish, rage and sadness are stored.”

    The following is a list of actors and actresses who have battled mood disorders (compiled from http://www.imdb.com/list/FFH2HwqfkD4/)

    Anthony Hopkins – Depression
    Heath Ledger
    – Depression & Addiction
    Barbara Streisand
    – Social Anxiety
    Helena Bonham Carter
    – Depression
    Emma Thompson
    – Depression
    Robin Williams
    – Depression & Addiction
    Halle Berry
    – Depression & Attempted Suicide
    Drew Carey
    – Depression & Attempted Suicide
    Drew Barrymore
    – Depression & Addiction
    Jim Carrey
    – Depression
    Zach Braff
    – Mild Depression
    Kirsten Dunst
    – Depression
    Ellen DeGeneres
    – Depression
    Colin Farrell
    – Depression
    Hugh Laurie
     – Mild Depression
    Owen Wilson
    – Attempted Suicide
    Marilyn Monroe – Depression & Addiction
    Angelina Jolie
    – Depression & Self-Injury
    Kim Basinger
    – Panic Disorder, Social Anxiety & Agoraphobia
    Audrey Hepburn
    – Depression & Eating Disorder
    Courtney Love
    – Depression & Addiction 
    Winona Ryder
    – Anxiety & Depression
    Heather Locklear
     – Anxiety & Depression
     

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    ENGLAND
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    Most of these people had aalot of pressure put on them.

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    Anonymous
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    Most of these people had aalot of pressure put on them.

    True. But I believe most of these performers suffered from a mood disorder(s) prior to achieving success (i.e. having pressure put on them).  In fact, their anxiety or depression or, in some cases, addictions seemed to fuel their creativity even more, leading to more success.

    What do you think came first?   

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    Laactingnyc
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    Vivien Leigh had Bipolar disorder, and she won 2 oscars!

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    babypook
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    Uh-huh. O yay. My favorite subject.

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    Andrew Eng
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    Most of these people had aalot of pressure put on them.

    Yep, when you’re under that much scrutiny, it’s not hard to see why these people suffer from depression, anxiety etc.. And with social media today, as well as the 24-hour news cycle, these people can’t afford to make public mistakes, as people halfway across the world will know about it in seconds. I’m glad I still have my privacy, unlike them.

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    Anonymous
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    [quote=”ENGLAND”]Most of these people had aalot of pressure put on them.

    Yep, when you’re under that much scrutiny, it’s not hard to see why these people suffer from depression, anxiety etc.. And with social media today, as well as the 24-hour news cycle, these people can’t afford to make public mistakes, as people halfway across the world will know about it in seconds. I’m glad I still have my privacy, unlike them.[/quote]

    Again, do the majority of these artists experience these mood disorders before or after achieving great success?  I tend to lean towards the former which seems to be the impetus for a lot of artists to explore themselves and the world around them through the myriad arts. 

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    11th Dimensional Chess
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    I think brilliance and craziness often go hand-in-hand, when it comes to the arts. Especially acting. Some of the best actors are very mercurial. Or even off most of the time. Like, Nicolas Cage, for example, sleepwalks through 90% of his movies, but then he’ll pull out something like Adaptation or Bad Lieutenant. Actors running cold and hot, that’s normal for them. 

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    Ryan Earle
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    Oscar Nominee Sally Kirkland suffers from bi-polar disorder.

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    Anonymous
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    …some of the best actors are very mercurial.

    So true. 

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    Anonymous
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    I find it telling that David O. Russell has both mentioned Lange in one of his movies (“I Heart Huckabees”: “Is it a crime to look at Jessica Lange?”) and was caught whispering sweet nothings in her ear.

     

    In the end, I think this is a topic that should be discussed more rather than just being fodder for movies, though I love that it is and that Lange is the queen of the genre, if it can be called that.
     

     

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