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9 Celebs Who Have Openly Struggled with Depression

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At any given time, three to five percent of people are suffering from major depression, and the lifetime risk is about 17 percent, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. Plus, women are at a higher risk for depression than men, per the National Institute of Mental Health. And yet, despite how prevalent it is, you probably don't talk about depression a lot. The following nine celebrities have all bravely spoken out about their own experiences—hopefully they can inspire a whole lot more discussion on this important topic.

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Kirsten Dunst

When Kirsten appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in 2012, she and Ellen discussed Kirsten's break from Hollywood. Ellen asked if it was because Kirsten suffered from depression during that time. "It's something that I don't feel totally comfortable talking about because it's a very personal thing," Kirsten told her. "But I did. I dealt with that. … 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 nice to everybody. And that's a weird dichotomy. It's a lot to ask of a person. It's not a normal thing."

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Courteney Cox

"I went through a really hard time—not right after the baby, but when [Coco] turned six months," Courteney told USA Today in 2005. "I couldn't sleep. My heart was racing. And I got really depressed. I went to the doctor and found out my hormones had been pummeled." Courteney said that taking progesterone and getting support from friends Brooke Shields and Jennifer Aniston helped her during that time. Here's the 411 on pregnancy and depression.

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Emma Thompson

"I find the job I do emotionally very demanding," Emma told The Hollywood Reporter in 2010. "I can get overdone from time to time. I suffer from occasional mild depression, which I think is a very common thing—it's fantastically common in my country and probably in yours, too—and it's a very much hidden thing people don't much talk about. I think it should be discussed."

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Mandy Moore

"A few months ago, I felt really low, really sad—depressed for no reason," Mandy told Jane magazine in its February 2007 issue, according to People. "I'm a very positive person, and I've always been glass-half-full. So it was like someone flipped a switch in me." If you're feeling off and aren't sure if you're depressed or just down, learn the difference here.

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Gwyneth Paltrow

"I couldn't connect with my son the way that I had with my daughter [Apple], and I couldn't understand why," Gwyneth said in 2012 of how she felt after giving birth to her son Moses, according to Us. "I couldn't connect to anyone. I felt like a zombie. I felt very detached. … I just didn't know what was wrong with me. I couldn't figure it out. It never occurred to me. My husband [Chris Martin] actually said, 'Something's wrong. I think you have postnatal depression.' I was mortified. 'No, I don't!' And then I started researching what it was and the symptoms and I was like, 'Oh, yes, I do.' … We think that it makes us bad mothers or we didn't do it right, but it's like, we're all in this together. There's a shame attached to it because if you say, 'I had a baby and I couldn't connect to the baby,' it's like, 'What is wrong with you?'" Gwyneth said talking about postpartum depression makes it easier to deal with. "That's why I talk about it because even the awareness of it started to diminish it."

RELATED: Can Men Suffer from Postpartum Depression, Too?

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Jon Hamm

Jon spoke to The Guardian about his experience after the loss of his father while he was in college. "I struggled with chronic depression. I was in bad shape. I knew I had to get back in school and back in some kind of structured environment and… continue." He said that both work and therapy helped him during that time. "I did do therapy and antidepressants for a brief period, which helped me," he told the publication. "Which is what therapy does: It gives you another perspective when you are so lost in your own spiral, your own bullshit. It helps. And honestly? Antidepressants help! If you can change your brain chemistry enough to think: 'I want to get up in the morning; I don't want to sleep until four in the afternoon. I want to get up and go do my shit and go to work and…' Reset the auto-meter, kick-start the engine!"

RELATED: How to Tell If Your Guy Is Depressed

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Brittany Snow

Brittany bravely opened up to People in 2007 about her struggles with an eating disorder and cutting. One of the most poignant sections of the honest and moving piece: "Finally I went into the hospital when I was 19 for depression and for cutting. I wasn't the person I wanted to be and I knew something was wrong. The therapist diagnosed me with anorexia, exercise bulimia—instead of throwing up you go to the gym for hours—depression and body dysmorphia. All that, and yet I still had a career! It's shocking how many people in the business have great careers and this too, and don't talk about it. It's that drive and perfectionism. … What helped was connecting with other people. I wanted to be there for them. It was the most amazing feeling to get out of my own head and listen to somebody else."

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Alicia Keys

In 2007, Alicia talked to GIANTlife about taking some time off. “There were definitely things going on with me that weren’t right,” she told the publication. “I was feeling so sad all the time, and I couldn’t shake it. I couldn’t sleep. Musically, I would try to create, and I’d be feeling so anxious and judgmental. The things I was hearing in my head—the chord changes, the vocals and the lyrics—were just weird. I was trippin’. I guess you could say I was losing it…”

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Wayne Brady

Wayne recently spoke with Entertainment Tonight about his battle with depression. "Some days, you don't want to move, you can't move in the darkness," he said this past November. "You're like, 'I am just going to sit right here and I want to wallow in this. And as much as it hurts, I am just going to sit right here because this is what I deserve because I am that horrible of a person." Fortunately, Wayne is now working on his recovery: "It took me a while to get my stuff together to go, 'You know what? If you're not happy, you have to do something about it,'" he said. "Just to admit that you are feeling this way is a huge step. To claim that, to say, 'Why do I feel dark? Why do I feel unhappy? Let me do something about this.'"

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