Celebrities and Mental Health
It’s Saturday, which means that while hubby is in his basement man cave, catching the last of the college football games, I feel free to post a more personal blog entry. I know of at least 2 of us in the PIMSY office who are celebrity hounds and love taking a few moments’ break to get caught up on celebrity gossip, which means that there are probably many more of you out there who might appreciate some celebrity mental health news. Whether or not you use this info to help inspire a client, it certainly confirms that no one is exempt from depression struggles. Perhaps if more celebrities and members of our individual communities were open about mental health issues, it would take away some of the stigma, highlight the need for awareness and empower people to seek help.
Kirsten Dunst, who attributes some of her mental health struggles to the pressure of being a child actor, checked herself into the Cirque Lodge rehab facility for depression in 2008. “I have experienced depression, many people have. Mine was caused by a few things. I felt a lot of stress from all these different areas …” she said. She used her personal experience to enhance a role she recently played in “Melancholia”: that of Justine, a deeply depressed woman. “I brought my own slant [to the role] but I am very much portraying Lars’s experience of depression. We met before I did the movie and talked about how the light goes out of your eyes. People don’t talk about depression, so for me it was really amazing that this was going to be portrayed.”
She said she has struggled with expectations placed on her as an actress in Hollywood. “That and it’s also interesting as an actress you’re supposed to be sensitive and vulnerable and have this side to you. But then you’re supposed to be super sociable and ‘on’ and like nice to everybody. That’s a weird dichotomy. It’s a lot to ask of a person. It’s not a normal thing.”
With treatment, Kirsten has been able to balance the pressures of Hollywood and has gone on to thrive, both personally and professionally.