So we agree depression is definitely a bummer, pun intended. However, many people have managed to succeed in spite of. Depression doesn’t have to be debilitating.  My earlier posts Depression is Annoying  shares my experience with the stigma of depression and highlights the judgment people have about you once they know you are depressed.  Depression does not define who you are, it merely defines an illness you are experiencing be it acute or chronic.  There are many successful and famous people who experience depression. In this blog, I will share what some famous black women say about experiencing depression.

Depression Is Not a Dirty Word

As we close out Black History Month and move into Women History Month I want to highlight some successful Black women who have identified as having experienced depression.  I want to encourage you by telling you your depression should not hinder you from reaching your goals. With the right therapy, you too can control your depression, rather than have your depression control you. When I feel like my depression is a handicap, I encourage myself by reading about women who are successful in spite of depression. I am encouraged by their stories, and I admire their strength to open up to the media about their depression. Depression is not a dirty word. The more people share the fewer stigmas will be placed on people with depression because people with depression are achievers too.

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Depressed and Successful

Read what these successful women say about being depressed: Alicia Keys says, “I was feeling so sad all the time, and I couldn’t shake it,” Michelle Williams’ says “Go see a professional so that they can assess you. It’s OK if you’re going through something. Depression is not OK, but it is OK to go get help.” Jennifer Lewis reminds us to practice self-love, “You have to look in the mirror and say, before you can go or grow into anything, and you have to say you love yourself.” Janet Jackson talked about being depressed in her 20s and not knowing why she felt so down constantly. Janet say’s “… it hits a lot of people and a lot of artists and I didn’t know that. Nobody ever talked about that in my family”. Halle Berry suffered from postpartum depression and was suicidal after her breakup from David Justice.

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Speak Out, Get Help and Never Be Ashamed

I must say this really broke my heart to know that Halle Berry, with all her accomplishments, with all her fame and a life that seems so perfect from the outside even contemplated suicide for a second. I am so glad she was brave enough to get help. Berry getting help doesn’t make me think she is weak, rather, she and the other women mentioned in this blog are strong. They are strong because they asked for help, strong because they know their worth and strong because they loved themselves enough to get help. Depression is real and we must fight to remove the stigma of depression. You can be anything you want and achieve all the goals you set for yourself. Speak out, get help and never be ashamed because you have depression. To read more about women-specific depression check out my past blog, Women Experience Depression Differently

Seek help today. Find a local therapist or contact the National Suicide Lifeline by calling 1-800-273-8255

 

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