Depression is a very common mental health condition. Anyone who has had the misfortune of experiencing it firsthand will know just how mentally, emotionally and physically debilitating it can be. Whilst many recover, some suffer for life.
But now it’s emerged that actor Jim Carrey no longer has depression.
In 2004, Jim Carrey delved into his troubling experience with the illness in a very candid interview with CBS. However, 13 years on from that interview, the comedic actor is claiming that he no longer has depression.
Carrey who is loved worldwide for his animated persona and impressive catalog of screwball comedies didn’t have the easiest of childhoods. And as it turns out, his humor emerged from a very dark place.
Carrey explained the interview with CBS that he developed intense feelings of depression from a young age because he “had a sick mom” and “wanted to make her feel better”.
When he was 12 years old, his father lost his job as an accountant and the family began to struggle financially. As a result, Carrey felt immense pressure on his young shoulders, and when he was just 16, he dropped out of high school to bring in extra money.
It wasn’t long before a teenage Carrey began working eight-hour shifts in a factory. By his own admission, the experience made him want to “bash somebody’s head in”. He had gone from a “straight-A student to not wanting to know anybody’s name, and not wanting to make a friend.”
Carrey then made some very interesting and eye-opening remarks about how he viewed his own depression and depression in general.