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Wayne Brady Living With Depression
Funny-man Wayne Brady is known for his quick wit and and mega-watt personality in Hollywood. The actor, comedian, and host of “Let’s Make a Deal,” has come forward to tell his story of crippling clinical depression and the emotional breakdown that was his new beginning.
At age 42, Brady has battled depression for many years in secret because in and out of Hollywood depression carries crippling stigma. But the weight was too much, he acknowledged ‘these secrets kill.’
Apparently, things hit a peak after Robin Williams suicide in August 2014. “You don’t want to move,” Wayne told Entertainment Tonight. “You’re like, ‘I am just going to sit right here and I want to wallow in this.”
Wayne said his depression fueled feelings of self-doubt and low self-esteem. Brady said he hit rock bottom on his 42nd birthday in June, when he sat in his underwear, crying in his bedroom.
Brady said he felt so unhappy, unmotivated and listless that he decided then and there that he absolutely needed to address his mental health issues. “I was there by myself, in my bedroom and I had a complete breakdown,” said Wayne. “That birthday was the beginning of, ‘OK, I’ve got to make a change.'”
While Catherine Zeta Jones and Rosie O’Donnell have been open about their struggles with bipolar disorder and depression, Wayne wishes more celebrities would share their experiences to remove the stigma surrounding mental illness. Wayne said he hopes others struggling with depression get the help they need and realize they are not alone.
“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.” Brady is said to be in psychotherapy and for now has decided to not take prescription medication to manage his diagnosis.
Depression symptoms can differ in men compared to women. Men also tend to use different coping skills — both healthy and unhealthy — than women. Asking for help can be hard for men. You may not recognize your depression symptoms or you may downplay your feelings. You may see depression as a weakness and be reluctant to bring it up with your doctor. But without treatment, depression is unlikely to go away, and it may get worse. Untreated depression can make you and the people close to you miserable.
No matter what problems you are dealing with, help is a phone call away at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). You’ll be connected to a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center in your area, anytime 24/7.