Courage is grace under pressure.- Ernest Hemingway
Ernest Hemingway, deceased American writer, reportedly
suffered from either clinical depression or bipolar disorder (probably
bipolar disorder, as Patricia Cornwell’s so sure it’s not unusual for
great artistic people to have it), and committed suicide in 1961. (Source: http://www.blisstree.com/articles/famous-writers-and-artists-and-mental-illness-234/)
As we continue on our Journey to destigmatize mental lllness, we will continue to feature celebrities who have been brave enough to be forthcoming about their illnesses. Today, we celebrate Sally Field.
Sally Field was born on November 6, 1946 in Pasadena, CA. Despite her success, Sally Field has suffered from extreme shyness, social phobia, anxiety attacks and eating disorders.
Sally Field has won two Oscars, 23 other awards including Best Actress from the American Movie Awards and Best Actress from the Cannes Film Festival and has been nominated for various awards 26 additional times. Her acting career has spanned over 40 years, beginning with "Gidget" in 1965. Not only an actress, Sally has both produced and directed television and big screen movies, as well as written a teleplay, "The Christmas Tree."
Despite her long and successful career, Sally Field is still best known for her television series, "The Flying Nun." Even though the show was successful, Sally was miserable, going through periods of depression and eating binges and then extreme diets. In an article on Answers.com, Sally talks about her time on the show, "I would lose ten to fifteen pounds in a week, eating nothing but cucumbers and working all day. My hands would shake all the time and sometimes I'd pass out. But then I would go on these enormous binges. I lived alone and was very lonely."
Sally also believes that anxiety played a role in both rushing into her first marriage and the ending of her second marriage. According to an article in People magazine, [Serelnly Single ,1996, People Magazine], Sally Field and her second husband, Alan Greisman were very different. She was content staying home and he was a social person, loving parties, premiers and power lunches. Sally Field, on the other hand, dreaded any social events, "I couldn't take it. I'd have an anxiety attack."
According to the article in People Magazine, Sally Field still has anxiety attacks and lacks self-confidence, but has always managed to find the courage to overcome anxiety disorder and keep going.
Recently, an increasing number celebrities are becoming more open about their struggles with depression. Doctors define major depressive disorder by the presence of a minimum of five symptoms of depression for a period of at least two weeks. Depression can affect anybody. Below is a list of celebrities and famous people of the past and present who have spoken about suffering from depression.
Actors and actresses with depression: Ashley Judd, Halle Berry, Harrison Ford, Rodney Dangerfield, Owen Wilson.
Musicians with depression: Alanis Morissette, Britney Spears, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Trent Reznor, Kurt Cobain.
Athletes with depression: Eddie Griffin and Terry Bradshaw.
Political figures with depression: Abraham Lincoln, Kitty Dukakis, and Tipper Gore.
is the raw material of drastic change. Only those who can leave behind
everything they have ever believed in can hope to escape. William Burroughs
So we've talked alot the past couple of weeks about stigma. We've discussed the fact that many of us feel isolated.
Let's continue exploring these issues by sharing what we know of others, who are famous, and have admitted their mental illness issues.
Just in case you ever wondered if your depression or mental illness would subside if only.. If only you were smart enough, if only you were attractive enough , if only you were admired enough, if only you'd won an oscar... I mean seriously - there is no "if only."
Mental illness can and does affect us all. In example:
Halle Berry attempted suicide with carbon monoxide poisoning, as she told Parade, after her marriage to baseball star David Justice crumbled and depression set in.
Berry will soon star in Frankie and Alice, an indie movie she’s also producing, as a woman with multiple personality disorder.