The Abyss of Despair Behind The Arc Lights

Published: 02nd May 2015 10:00 PM  |   Last Updated: 07th May 2015 11:16 AM   |  A+A-

Abraham Lincoln, former US President President-Abraham-Lincoln.jpg

Historians continue to describe him as the greatest American president. Lincoln once famously said, “I am now the most miserable man living.” He had two major breakdowns and many of other symptoms of depression.

Charlie Chaplin, English comic and filmmaker

He taught the world to laugh, but Charlie Chaplin had suffered from long bouts of depression. He had a lot of emotional issues to deal with.

RobinWilliams3_AP.jpg Robin Williams, American actor

He had it all—his family loved him, friends cherished him and his fans adorned him. But one fine day he shocked everyone by  committing suicide on August 11, 2014.

Ernest Hemingway, American author and journalist

His grand-daughter said they suffered from ‘The Hemingway curse’ or mental illness. The author shot himself with his favourite shotgun on July 2, 1961. 

Diana, Princess of WalesPrincess Diana1AP.jpg

Beneath that fairy princess’ life was an untold story of a woman who searched for love. She was bulimic and suffered from depression. There were also incidents that reported her meltdowns and other self-harming episodes.

Marilyn Monroe, American actress, model and singer

She led a lonely life and almost spent her last days in seclusion. She was even hospitalised for depression and had undergone long-term treatment. Monroe was found dead in her bedroom by her psychiatrist on August 5, 1962. 

PraveenBabi_L.jpgParveen Babi,  Bollywood actress

She had a long history of depression and schizophrenia. She was found dead in her apartment on January 22, 2005.

Audrey Hepburn, British actress

A perfect combination of elegance and beauty, Hepburn spent her childhood in Nazi-occupied Holland during World War II. She had enough reasons to be depressed in her tumultuous young days. Her later life wasn’t smooth either.

Deepika Padukone, Bollywood actressdeepika padukone_indiawest.png

Padukone recently shared how she battled depression and came out of it. A combination of counselling, medication and family support helped her overcome it.

Angelina Jolie, American actress, filmmaker and humanitarian

Jolie had a troubled childhood and suffered from depression. From causing self-harm to battling addiction, she has overcome it all.




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