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Today’s Throwback is from Sep 2, 2014.
If there’s one thing we learned from the death of Robin Williams, it’s that celebrities have an impact on the publics perception of mental illness. It made people around the world stop for a second and think, It could happen to anybody. There are some quotes from celebrites who have been diagnosed with mental illness, such as Catherine Zeta Jones. And there are quotes from mental health advocates, such as Glenn Close. Here, I present to you, a small sampling of celebrity quotes on mental illness:
“I just felt as though I would never be happy again, and as if I had fallen into a big black hole.” -Brooke Shields
“A diagnosis is burden enough without being burdened by secrecy and shame.” – Jane Pauley
“There is no need to suffer silently and there is no shame in seeking help,” -Catherine Zeta-Jones
“It was like I had a curse on me. I couldn’t believe how much God was piling on. There was so much death around me.” George Michael
“The lows were absolutely horrible. It was like falling into a manhole and not being able to lift the lid and climb out.” Linda Hamilton
“You know the bad thing about being a survivor… You keep having to get into difficult situations in order to show off your gift.” -Carrie Fisher
“Every now and then I hear voices in my head, but not very clear. I can’t understand what they are saying. It’s a mental illness. I have been diagnosed as a manic depressive.” –Brian Wilson
“I have not been an easygoing guy. I think it’s called bipolar manic depression. I’ve got a rich history of that in my family.” Ben Stiller
“Every pore of you is crying and you don’t even understand why or what. I actually kind of died and got born again as a result of taking the meds and having a chance to, you know, build a life.” -Sinéad O’Connor
“You have good days and bad days, and depression’s something that, you know, is always with you.” – Winona Ryder
Mental illness is the last frontier. The gay thing is part of everyday life now on a show like ‘Modern Family,’ but mental illness is still full of stigma. Maybe it is time for that to change. -Eric McCormack
“I always had a dissociative disorder. But I healed from it over the course of 14 years of big-time therapy. But, you know, I mean, everybody’s kind of loony now. So I was kind of a pioneer in the mental illness thing, too.” -Roseanne Barr
“I think our family is like a lot of families. We had no vocabulary for mental illness,” -Glenn Close
Which ones resonate with you?