screen-shot-2016-11-23-at-10-20-46-amDepression. It is something in our present culture we have difficulty talking about, yet each of us at one time or another have known someone or have been personally affected by depression. In the pit of darkness without a ladder, some remain frozen in this place for days, or weeks, or even years. It is the darkest night of the soul and perhaps the loneliest. One website page cannot do justice to the significants of this topic, but perhaps it can serve to open a conversation among the men, families and friends affected by depression. ~ cb

TED Talk: “The opposite of depression is not happiness, but vitality, and it was vitality that seemed to seep away from me in that moment.” In a talk equal parts eloquent and devastating, writer Andrew Solomon takes you to the darkest corners of his mind during the years he battled depression. That led him to an eye-opening journey across the world to interview others with depression — only to discover that, to his surprise, the more he talked, the more people wanted to tell their own stories.

David Burns on depression:

Kevin Breel: Confessions of a Comic

Kevin Briggs: The bridge between suicide and life

Ruby Wax: What’s so funny about mental illness?

Stephen Ilardi: Depression is a disease of civilization

Zindel Segal: The mindful way through depression

Nick Vujicic: Overcoming hopelessness

After playing football for four years at the University of Miami, Dwayne Johnson was passed over by the NFL. While he played for the Canadian Football League for a short time, he was ultimately cut from his team, the Calgary Stampeders, and sent packing. At 23, Dwayne found himself living in his parents’ small apartment, battling depression.

Depression and spiritual awakening — two sides of one door | Lisa Miller

Other Links:

Hidden Sadness

12 Signs of Depression

50 Sufferers Describe Depression for People Who’ve Never Been Depressed

Grief and Men

Man’s Search For Meaning

6 Ways to Build a Strong Relationship When You Live With Depression

Famous People With Depression:



Ansel Adams
John Adams
Buzz Aldrin
Woody Allen
Hans Christian Andersen


Alec Baldwin
Christian Bale
Amanda Beard
Ingmar Bergman
Halle Berry
William Blake
Jon Bon Jovi
Terry Bradshaw
Zach Braff
Russell Brand
Art Buchwald
Delta Burke
Barbara Bush
Amanda Bynes


Truman Capote
Drew Carey
Karen Carpenter
Jim Carrey
Johnny Carson
Dick Cavett
Raymond Chandler
Ray Charles
Frederic Chopin
Agatha Christie
Winston Churchill
Louis C.K.
Eric Clapton
Grover Cleveland
Kurt Cobain
Leonard Cohen
Joseph Conrad
Calvin Coolidge
Billy Corgan
Courteney Cox
Sheryl Crow


Rodney Dangerfield
Bobby Darin
Charles Darwin
Larry David
Edgar Degas
Ellen DeGeneres
John Denver
Johnny Depp
Princess Diana
Charles Dickens
Emily Dickinson
Micky Dolenz
Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Kirsten Dunst
Bob Dylan


Thomas Eagleton
Blake Edwards
T. S. Eliot
Queen Elizabeth II


Colin Farrell
William Faulkner
Craig Ferguson
Betty Ford
Harrison Ford

Peter Gabriel
Greta Garbo
Judy Garland
Paul Gauguin
Marvin Gaye
Paul Getty
Jane Goodall
Tipper Gore
Francisco de Goya
Spalding Gray
Graham Greene
Ken Griffey Jr.



Jon Hamm
Dorothy Hamill
Elizabeth Hartman
Anne Hathaway
Goldie Hawn
Ernest Hemingway
Margaux Hemingway
Florence Henderson
Bill Hicks
Audrey Hepburn
Dustin Hoffman
Tuomas Holopainen
Sir Anthony Hopkins


Janis Ian
Natalie Imbruglia


Andrew Jackson
Janet Jackson
Henry James
William James
Thomas Jefferson
Richard Jeni
Billy Joel
Elton John
Lyndon B. Johnson
Samuel Johnson
Angelina Jolie
Ashley Judd


Franz Kafka
John Keats
Alicia Keys
Tawny Kitaen
Beyoncé Knowles
Kris Kristofferson


Alan Ladd
Hugh Laurie
Martin Lawrence
John Lennon
David Letterman
Richard Lewis
Abraham Lincoln
Heather Locklear
Courtney Love


Henri Matisse
Guy de Maupassant
Ewan McGregor
Herman Melville
George Michael
Kylie Minogue
Carmen Miranda
Claude Monet
Marilyn Monroe
Alanis Morissette Morrissey
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


Aaron Neville
Isaac Newton
Friedrich Nietzsche
Alfred Nobel

Conan O’Brien
Sinead O’Connor
Rosie O’Donnell
Tatum O’Neal
Eugene O’Neill
Robert Oppenheimer
Ozzy Osbourne
Marie Osmond
Patton Oswalt



Gwyneth Paltrow
Dolly Parton
T. Boone Pickens, Jr.
Franklin Pierce
Brad Pitt
Sylvia Plath
Edgar Allan Poe
Jackson Pollock
Lisa Marie Presley
Charley Pride
Richard Pryor


Sergei Rachmaninoff
Christina Ricci
Anne Rice
Little Richard
Joan Rivers
John D. Rockefeller
Mark Rothko
J. K. Rowling
Winona Ryder


J. D. Salinger
Robert Schumann
Anne Sexton,
Brooke Shields
Charles Schulz
Monica Seles
Brooke Shields
Sarah Silverman
Anna Nicole Smith
Brittany Snow
Suzanne Somers
Britney Spears
Bruce Springsteen
Gwen Stefani
Rod Steiger
Darryl Strawberry
Donna Summer


James Taylor
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Emma Thompson,
Uma Thurman
Leo Tolstoy
Mark Twain
Mike Tyson


Vincent Van Gogh
Eddie Vedder
Kurt Vonnegut


Mike Wallace
Rick Warren
George Washington
Jerry West
Walt Whitman
Oscar Wilde
Robin Williams (RIP)
Tennessee Williams
William Carlos Williams
Brian Wilson
Carnie Wilson
Owen Wilson
Oprah Winfrey
Reese Witherspoon
Virginia Woolf


Boris Yeltsin