Be Brave: Sarah Silverman Opens Up about Depression to Glamour Magazine

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Be Brave: Sarah Silverman Opens Up about Depression to Glamour Magazine

The link between comedians and depression is ironic… tragically so. We’ll never forget Robin Williams suicide or Jim Carrey famously opening up about his battle with the disease on 60 Minutes. Then there’s Drew Carey, Chris Farley, John Belushi, Ellen DeGeneres… and the list goes on.

In an essay published today in Glamour, comedian Sarah Silverman opens up about her personal struggle and what it’s really like to live with depression on a daily basis.

“Once, my stepdad asked me, ‘What does [depression] feel like?’ And I said, ‘It feels like I’m desperately homesick, but I’m home.”

She talks candidly about first experiencing depression at age 13, at one time taking 16 Xanax a day (16!) and the reality of panic attacks, which she experienced frequently. “Every breath is labored. You are dying. You are going to die. It’s terrifying,” she explains.

Sarah finishes with a message to those who suffer: “I wouldn’t wish depression on anyone. But if you ever experience it, or are experiencing it right now, just know that on the other side, the little joys in life will be that much sweeter. The tough times, the days when you’re just a ball on the floor—they’ll pass. You’re playing the long game, and life is totally worth it.” It totally is.

We admire Sarah’s courage and think that the essay is totally worth a read. Check it out on Glamour.com 

Be brave, babes. It’s okay to admit you’re not okay.

If you or anyone you know is struggling with depression, contact the National Alliance on Mental Illness at 800-950-6264. You are not alone.


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