Human lives are full of ups and downs, and it is but inevitable that the tough times sometimes take a major toll on one’s mental health. To the layman, celebrities seem to be having it all—success, fame, money, and adulation. But what we miss out is the darker side of fame. To the world, actor Angelina Jolie comes across as a gorgeous, wealthy, and highly successful woman, but did you know she once battled depression so bad that it gave her suicidal thoughts? Depression is a serious illness that can strike anyone and even the most popular and successful people aren’t immune. Film director and comedian Woody Allen is undoubtedly one of the funniest guys on-screen, but he has faced some huge challenges in his personal life including his bouts with depression. Creative people especially are more prone to mental illness and thus it might not be surprising to note that the legendary rock singer Jon Bon Jovi, award winning author Truman Capote, and singer song-writer Sheryl Crow also battled depression at some points in their lives. Read on for more information about the life and works of famous people who battled depression.
Dwayne JohnsonDwayne Johnson
02 May 1972, American
Audrey HepburnAudrey Hepburn
04 May 1929, British
Film actress

Ernest HemingwayErnest Hemingway
21 July 1899, American

Demi LovatoDemi Lovato
20 August 1992, American
Singer, Songwriter, Actress

Angelina JolieAngelina Jolie
04 June 1975, American
Actress, Filmmaker, Activist

Johnny DeppJohnny Depp
09 June 1963, American
Woody AllenWoody Allen
01 December 1935, American
American bass guitarist

Lady GagaLady Gaga
28 March 1986, American

Brad PittBrad Pitt
18 December 1963, American
Abraham LincolnAbraham Lincoln
12 February 1809, American
American President.

Chris EvansChris Evans
13 June 1981, American
17 October 1972, American
Rapper, Songwriter

Robin WilliamsRobin Williams
21 July 1951, American
American stand-up comedian

Marilyn MonroeMarilyn Monroe
01 June 1926, American

Britney SpearsBritney Spears
02 December 1981, American
Pop Singer

Kanye WestKanye West
08 June 1977, American
Rapper, Singer-Songwriter, Record Producer
Oprah WinfreyOprah Winfrey
29 January 1954, American
Media proprietor

Mike TysonMike Tyson
30 June 1966, American

Kurt Donald Cobain Kurt Cobain
20 February 1967, American
Singer-songwriter & Musician

Bob DylanBob Dylan
24 May 1941, American
Singer & Songwriter
John LennonJohn Lennon
09 October 1940, British
Singer-songwriter & Musician

Dolly PartonDolly Parton
19 January 1946, American
Ashton KutcherAshton Kutcher
07 February 1978, American
Actor, Producer, Model, Investor

Marlon BrandoMarlon Brando
03 April 1924, American

Helena Bonham CarterHelena Bonham Carter
26 May 1966, British
Jim CarreyJim Carrey
17 January 1962, Canadian, American

Gwyneth PaltrowGwyneth Paltrow
27 September 1972, American
Harrison FordHarrison Ford
13 July 1942, American
American actor

Chris CornellChris Cornell
20 July 1964, American

Ewan McGregorEwan McGregor
31 March 1971, Scottish
Reese WitherspoonReese Witherspoon
22 March 1976, American

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Christian BaleChristian Bale
30 January 1974, British
Alec BaldwinAlec Baldwin
03 April 1958, American
Actor, Producer

Catherine Zeta-JonesCatherine Zeta-Jones
25 September 1969, Welsh

Brooke ShieldsBrooke Shields
31 May 1965, American
Actress and Model

Anne HathawayAnne Hathaway
12 November 1982, American
Gwen StefaniGwen Stefani
03 October 1969, American
Singer-songwriter, Fashion Designer, Actress
Winona RyderWinona Ryder
29 October 1971, American

Kirsten DunstKirsten Dunst
30 April 1982, German, American

J. K. RowlingJ. K. Rowling
31 July 1965, British
Novelist & Producer

Eric ClaptonEric Clapton
30 March 1945, British
Singer, Musician
Isaac NewtonIsaac Newton
04 January 1643, British

Halle BerryHalle Berry
14 August 1966, American

Emma ThompsonEmma Thompson
15 April 1959, British

Hulk HoganHulk Hogan
11 August 1953, American
Professional Wrestler

Chris FarleyChris Farley
15 February 1964, American
Uma ThurmanUma Thurman
29 April 1970, American

Owen WilsonOwen Wilson
18 November 1968, American
American actor
Wolfgang Amadeus MozartWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
27 January 1756, Austrian
Composer, Pianist

Stephen KingStephen King
21 September 1947, American

Ronda RouseyRonda Rousey
01 February 1987, American
Professional Wrestler
Kristen BellKristen Bell
18 July 1980, American
Actress, Singer

Ellen DeGeneresEllen DeGeneres
26 January 1958, American
John DenverJohn Denver
31 December 1943, American
Singer-songwriter & Musician

Bill MurrayBill Murray
21 September 1950, American
American actor

Friedrich NietzscheFriedrich Nietzsche
15 October 1844, German

Joseph Gordon-LevittJoseph Gordon-Levitt
17 February 1981, American
Actor, Director

Agatha ChristieAgatha Christie
15 September 1890, British
LeAnn RimesLeAnn Rimes
28 August 1982, American
Country Singer

Janet JacksonJanet Jackson
16 May 1966, American

Bruce SpringsteenBruce Springsteen
23 September 1949, American

John D. RockefellerJohn D. Rockefeller
08 July 1839, American
Courtney LoveCourtney Love
09 July 1964, American
Singer, Actress

Billy JoelBilly Joel
09 May 1949, American
Sarah SilvermanSarah Silverman
01 December 1970, American
Stand-up Comedian

John AdamsJohn Adams
30 October 1735, American
2nd U.S. President

Buzz AldrinBuzz Aldrin
20 January 1930, American
American engineer
Brian MayBrian May
19 July 1947, British

06 March 1475, Italian
Ashley JuddAshley Judd
19 April 1968, American
Actress and Activist

Chevy ChaseChevy Chase
08 October 1943, American

Kylie MinogueKylie Minogue
28 May 1968, Australian
Zach BraffZach Braff
06 April 1975, American
Actor, Director

Brian WilsonBrian Wilson
20 June 1942, American
Musician, Singer
Charles DarwinCharles Darwin
12 February 1809, British

Charles DickensCharles Dickens
07 February 1812, British

Mark Twain ImageMark Twain
30 November 1835, American

Ray CharlesRay Charles
23 September 1930, American
Singer-songwriter & Musician
Stephen FryStephen Fry
24 August 1957, British
Sylvia PlathSylvia Plath
27 October 1932, American
Poet, Novelist, and Writer

Emily DickinsonEmily Dickinson
10 December 1830, American

Ayn RandAyn Rand
02 February 1905, American, Russian

F. Scott FitzgeraldF. Scott Fitzgerald
24 September 1896, American
Larry DavidLarry David
02 July 1947, American

Layne StaleyLayne Staley
22 August 1967, American

Louis CKLouis C.K.
12 September 1967, American
Stand-up Comedian, Actor, Writer, Producer

Virginia WoolfVirginia Woolf
25 January 1882, British

Leo TolstoyLeo Tolstoy
09 September 1828, Russian
Julian AssangeJulian Assange
03 July 1971, Australian, Ecuadorian
Computer programmer

Patton OswaltPatton Oswalt
27 January 1969, American
Stand-up Comedian
Jon Bon JoviJon Bon Jovi
02 March 1962, American

Hunter S. ThompsonHunter S. Thompson
18 July 1937, American
Journalist and Author
Christina RicciChristina Ricci
12 February 1980, American
Kate BushKate Bush
30 July 1958, British