Entries in Depression (2)


Demi Lovato Opens Up About Depression, Hollywood Drug Scene

ABC/Heidi Gutman(LONDON) -- Demi Lovato shines on stage and on screen with a big smile and down home charm that catapulted her to stardom in her early teens, but the former Disney star’s life has recently been filled with challenges.

At 20-years-old, the singer and actress has battled depression and a stint in rehab. And in an interview with Fabulous, a British magazine, she talks about her experience with drugs and what happens behinds the scenes in Hollywood.

“Promoters gave me drugs and alcohol in restaurants or clubs,” she said in the interview. “They wanted me to come back so I would be seen there.”

While she wouldn’t give specifics about her downward spiral, she touched on how she felt.

“What I can say is that I was depressed,” she told the magazine. “I would come off stage in front of 18,000 people and suddenly be alone in a hotel room. I’d come crashing down and would try to find a way to recreate that feeling, to stay up.”

She also talked cutting herself, saying: “You do it because you feel so bad inside. You don’t know how to take it out other than on yourself.”

And Lovato, who has a history of being bullied, has also suffered an eating disorder. She told Fabulous that she isn’t over her body image issues, and said she wasn’t ready to start acting again.

“I need to be secure in my body before I go back in front of the camera,” she told Fabulous. “Anyone in recovery from an eating disorder would find that triggering, and I’m not ready.”

The story of drugs and Tinseltown’s brightest stars is not new. Many idols, especially those who were child stars, have been overcome by the destructive lifestyle.

For Lovato, an Albuquerque native, the pitfalls of such a life were too much.

“I thought I was having fun,” she said. “Being a celebrity can be dangerous. Nobody says ‘no’. That’s why so many end up overdosing and dying. It could definitely have happened to me.”

In 2010, Lovato checked into Timberline Knolls, a residential treatment center. In an interview with Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts last year, she talked about the experience.

“I guess my darkest period was going into treatment for that first 48 hours and not having any communication with the outside world,” she said.

After three months of in-patient treatment away from Hollywood, Lovato learned to manage her emotions.

“I’m learning how to cope with issues, and cope with urges, and things like that, in healthy ways,” she told Roberts.

“Like, I’ve picked up knitting. I like, who would ever thought that, like, I knit on a Saturday night, like. Watching TV.  I totally do. I’m a knitter,” she said, laughing.

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Rick Springfield Reveals Suicide Attempt 

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Grammy-winning artist Rick Springfield, who made it big with the 1981 hit "Jessie's Girl," and went on to become the musical icon of a generation, has opened up about his life-long battle with depression and insecurity.

Springfield said it took him years to realize his depression was more than just a case of artistic sensitivity.

"Until 'Jessie's Girl' and all the success...I thought I was just a moody artist," he told ABC News. "Once I achieved a lot of what I thought I wanted to hit me. Depression came roaring back. I realized what I thought would heal me, which is success and my dreams come true, doesn't heal you. That's was when I truly labeled that I was more than just a moody guy."

Springfield, now 61, was 17 when he fought the first skirmish in his battle with depression. The outwardly sunny soul reveals in his new memoir, Late, Late at Night, which hits stores Tuesday, about his dark attempt to take his own life.

"I made a noose and went out to the garden shed and put it -- tied it around a rafter and stood on this [chair]...and kicked it away," he said.

When the rope snapped and he fell to the ground unharmed, he awoke with an appreciation for life and passion for music.

"It changed my life," he said.

After his failed suicide attempt, Springfield, who's Australian by birth, headed to the U.S. By 1980 he was nearly broke when he landed a record deal and was cast as Dr. Noah Drake on General Hospital -- a role that put him in the spotlight, but paid only $500 a week.

Springfield went on to sell more than 20 million albums. "Jessie's Girl" is just one of his 17 top 40 hits.

Despite his success, his depression followed him and led to a lot of promiscuity. Springfield shied away from labeling himself a "sex addict" but admits he was a bit of a womanizer.

"[Sex] calmed a lot of things in me," he said. "It's something that I did because it made me feel better about myself. If this person is willing to have sex with me, than she must think I'm OK....It became, like any drug, a habit."

Springfield also writes that he was unfaithful to his wife, Barbara, but that the two managed to stay the course.

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