A lot of people see celebrities as untouchable. That just isn't the case. Everyone experiences highs and lows. Nobody is impervious to the horrors of depression, but if these people are any indication, there is always hope!
Take a look at some celebrities who have kicked depression's ass, and see how you can too.
1. Demi Lovato
It's no secret that Demi has struggled with body image, self-harm and depression, but she uses her story as a testament to strength. She uses her music as a platform for positivity and her song, "Sky Scraper" is dedicated to those experiencing the same struggle.
Demi checked herself into a treatment facility for bulimia, anorexia and bi-polar disorder. She experienced manic episodes and had a hard time adjusting to fame, but through her struggle she discovered she could help others.
What you can learn: Demi preaches the "stay strong" mentality, and even has it tattooed on her wrists. Above all else if you can get through the next minute, next hour, next day, you will thank yourself because nothing on this earth is worth taking your life, or succumbing to depression. You will persevere.
2. John Hamm
It may appear that Mr. Don Draper himself isn't lacking in the confidence department, but you'd be surprised. He is a testament to the fact that you never know what's happening inside of people's minds. His depression stemmed from the loss of his parents. He realized that there were options for him though, which is a great thing to learn from. He also learned to have no shame...because it's not something to hide.
What you can learn: Sometimes professional help is really the best option. Work with a therapist, psychiatrist...whatever. Get some perspective, because you are NEVER as alone as you think. This is something I should take into account as well.
3. Pete Wentz
The Fall Out Boy bassist has had a pretty public struggle with depression. I understand his guilt for being happy. That is something that people who are depressed never fully understand. Happiness does not have a price. When you're dealing with heavy things you feel like you owe the world for your success, your triumph. That's what depression does.
What you can learn: Wentz found a fantastic creative outlet in his lyrics. He channeled his negative energy into creating some of the biggest pop-rock hits of this generation, and honestly people connected with him because of it, and in turn he felt less alone. Find something you feel safe doing, and do it. Putting your struggle out there is the first step to getting better. Because there are probably a million others just like you.
4. Lady Gaga
Mother Monster has made herself a champion of positivity, but everyone has dark days. Her biggest struggle occurred at the end of 2013 when she couldn't perform because of hip issues. She then revealed during an Art Rave concert in London that she was on medication for depression. She wanted the audience to know that it's okay, and you shouldn't be ashamed of it.
What you can learn: Gaga said that depression doesn't take away your talents. Often when we're feeling down we think that we're not worth anything. We feel like we have nothing to offer, and that's not true. It's easy for us to hate ourselves, the harder path is to love. It takes longer, it makes us think harder, but once that acceptance comes it will be a wonderful thing.
5. J.K. Rowling
The most successful modern author on the planet had some hard times before her success. Her marriage dissolved after two years and it threw her into a tailspin. She lost her job and was working trying to support her children. She didn't see any hope, until she started working on Harry Potter
What you can learn: Never say never. It doesn't matter what failures arise, you can get through them. By finding something to live for, like a story, a person or even some distant possibility, you will find your way back to happiness. Imagine if she had given up, where would we all be? We wouldn't have the beautiful Harry Potter stories, and an entire generation of people would have grown up completely differently. You will make an impact. You just have to give yourself the chance!