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More on Depression….

Well, son of a bitch……some of this stuff just grips me and i don’t know what to do with it….

 

My husband and i were off to get ice-cream this evening….it’s cheat day…..and was flipping stations on Sirius radio and he stopped on a station that was having an interview with Rick Springfield. I LOVE Rick Springfield. He is so damn cute, even at 68 years old. ….but as i’m listening to him, i’m remembering that he also suffers from depression. So, i just looked him up because he’s supposed to be in town this Saturday. *sigh*

 

And what I’m reading is heart-breaking…..though there is some good stuff in there as well.

 

It seems that he’s still suffering from depression and as recently as last year has thought about ending it all. Rick god-damned Springfield!! 80’s musical superstar, 80’s soap opera cutie, movie star, tv star (recently on Supernatural), still doing music and concerts….people know his music….music that he wrote….he is a very talented individual.

 

Obviously, being a star doesn’t make you immune to depression. He said his first attempt was at 17. He’s 68 now. He’s been living with these moments of darkness and despair his whole life. So many people have lived with this their whole life. Believe me, it’s not something you choose.

 

I want to help him. I want to put his head in my lap and stroke his hair and tell him everything is going to be ok. But, you know, (at least i know) that we can’t always ‘hear’ those words when they are spoken to us. Or if we do hear them, we certainly don’t believe them. i know for me i had to truly believe that everything would cycle around to being in a good place again….i had to hold on long enough to get to the upswing…….but believing that the upswing will eventually happen, well that only comes with experience. …the experience of seeing it circling back around…again and again and again.

 

So…..i can’t help him. But, it was heartwarming to read that  he’s trying to help himself and has been doing so his whole life. He’s tried different meds, and a lot of different things. He says it’s a life sentence. But, during one interview, he points out the 2 things that help him the most ….. meditation and sex. I can definitely get behind that. And hey, like I said, he’ll be in town this Saturday…..if only I knew where he was staying, maybe I could help him out with both of those. *grin* Unfortunately, the interviewer totally ignored the sex comment and pointed him in the meditation direction…and even then they only talked about that for a little bit.

 

Seriously though…..meditation and sex….I totally get that. I do meditate. I tell everyone that comes to my workshops about meditation and being mindful and present has helped me though some horrendous moments of PTSD. (actually going through a little bit of that today and should probably write about that as well….but will save it for later…when I’m at a spot where I’m less likely to tip over the edge). And sex, what better way of being in the moment. I teach this all the time in my Tantra classes…..be mindful and present and it will be the best sex you’ve every had.

 

So….Rick Springfield….one of my idols. I hope he keeps remembering that depression cycles around. Selfishly, I’d like him to keep spinning on this Earth with us for a while longer.

 

NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 05: Rick Springfield speaks during AOL BUILD Speaker Series: “Ricki And The Flash” at AOL Studios In New York on August 5, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage)

Celebreties and Depression

I’m watching ‘Table Top’, a youtube blog by Wil Weaton (Of Star Trek Next Generation fame), where he plays boards games with other stars. He breaks down the game into bite sizes and teaches you how to play the game. This is my go-to blog when I buy a new board game. Well, recently I noticed that he had a tattoo on his arm and I wanted to learn more about it, so I googled him. It’s a beautiful reddish/orangish octopus and he says that it absolutely has meaning to him but he won’t share what it is. I respect that.
Further down in the article it talks about how he’s always suffered from anxiety and depression. Really? He’s so successful and has done some fun roles, on ‘Guild’ especially. How can that be? Then, I thought about it and there are a lot of actors that I’ve heard suffers from anxiety and/or depression. Robin Wiliams was successful in ending his life after suffering depression. Owen Wilson was saved after his attempt. I’m betting the ones that overdosed were trying to self medicate.
So, I decided to do some research into celebrities that suffer depression. Some surprised me, some didn’t because they have been vocal about it. Jared Padaleki from SuperNatural. He plays ‘Moose’, I mean ‘Sam’. It suprised me, because he’s been on a very successful TV show for 13 years! But, that doesn’t matter, does it? He recently started a charity T-shirt campaign, “Always Keep Fighting”.
Dwayne Johnson (The Rock) (son of Rocky Johnson the wrestler), has suffered depression for a long time. Again, famous person, suffers from depression.
Keanu Reeves, Zach Braff (Scrubbs), Rosie O’Donnell, Wayne Brady….hell, even Jim Carrey suffers from depression.
Wayne Brady says it was hard to admit to his family and friends, because ‘real men’ don’t get that sad. Well, yes, yes they do and he wants people to know that ‘real men’ do have and/or go through depression.
As someone who goes through depression myself…..bi-polar type 2 (which means low grade depression most of the time with little spikes of happiness every now and then)….I really feel for these people and give kudo’s to the fact that they are still out there keeping it together as much as possible.
For the ones that didn’t make it, like Robin Williams and Heath Ledger….I just feel sadness. They let the darkness take them. I don’t judge them, because I’ve been in that dark place myself and have come closer than I want to admit to making the same descision that they did. Sometimes the darkness and pain can be overwhelming.
What do we do? Famous or not….Keep fighting the fight; get therapy, try medication, get out in the woods, surround yourself with those that love you. There are many options out there. Give it a try. Take care of yourself. That’s what I continue to do. My darkness has pretty much disappeared with the help of those things. The sadness and ‘downness’ is more of a constant. But, I continue the battle.