Larry King says talking about depression is a good cure

Larry King

Larry King is a household name in America and has cast his influence across the Pacific and Atlantic oceans reaching shores across the world. The lively TV personality has anchored the entertainment industry for years and has notched an impressive amount of interviews down the years – more than 40,000 to date.

He has soldiered on dogmatically since 1987 when he suffered a heart attack and had to undergo quintuple bypass surgery.

Larry looks back at his life prior to the heart attack and pins the blame squarely on his three-packs-a-day smoking habit. The heart problems subsequently triggered depression and led him down the path to the darkest period of his life. Despite the crippling depression he remained open about his illness ad spoke honestly about it on his shows ‘Larry King Live’ and ‘Larry King Weekend’.

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His family background is littered with stories of depression, his brother being the worst affected.

Larry’s first encounter with his own behavioural change disturbed him deeply: “What was most puzzling to me, I would be crying and not know why I was crying.”

After diagnosis of post heart-attack depression, King was put on antidepressants for a period of six months and while undergoing the treatment he said, The tough part is distinguishing between depression and bad news.”

Larry King confronts his demons

 

But Larry found a way out of the situation and soon got work on raising awareness of mental health conditions. Although he interviewed numerous celebrities in his career it was his special show on depression got really drew all the plaudits.

Celebrities including Drew Barrymore, Carrie Fisher, Mariel Hemingway and Brooke Shields poured their hearts out on the show and he sympathetically listened to their stories of depression and their remedies, solutions and recoveries, all the while understanding their situations.

King, with his undying spirit to fight depression insisted on creating awareness and is of the belief that the more knowledge you have, the better… This is not having a bad day. [These people] need comfort and understanding… The one thing you can’t do with a person with depression… is you can’t say ‘Feel good. Get out of bed. This is silly.’ That won’t work.”

Addictions and rehab: Drew Barrymore and her child star woes

Drew Barrymore is a renowned American Actress, producer and the director with great career success. She was inclined towards acting and wanted to pursue it when she first appeared in an advertisement at a tender age of eleven months. Barrymore marked her career debut in 1980 with a film called ‘Altered States’ and then ‘E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial’, which first put her on the map.  She made her name as the leading child artist in Hollywood films and established herself in the comic genre.

Early success also brought with it an unstable childhood with her falling into the trap of drug abuse and alcohol abuse. Already smoking, drinking, smoking marijuana and snorting cocaine by the age of 13, she entered the Orchid rehabilitation center. She left after only having been there for three weeks, after which her mother hired investigators to find her and drag her back. A suicide attempt at the age of 14 saw her go back to rehab. At the age of 16, Drew co-wrote a book on her life, called ‘Little Girl Lost’.

Despite a few shaky attempts at sobriety and some relapses, Drew claims she hasn’t relapsed since her mid teens. After Drew’s recovery, there was no looking back and she climbed the stairs to success. She rose to fame with hits including ‘Boys on the Side’, ‘Batman Forever’, ‘The Wedding Singer’ and ‘Charlie’s Angels’. Barrymore won the Emmy award for her performance in ‘Olive, the other Reindeer’.

In 1995, Drew opened her own production house with the name ‘Flower Films’ and produced many hits including ‘Never Been Kissed’, ‘Donnie Darko’, ‘Fever Pitch’, ’50 First Dates’ and ‘Duplex’. She also made her presence felt in the international platform when she was made the brand ambassador for United Nations World Food Programme.

Today Barrymore is considered as the top actresses of Hollywood and has done away with her addictions leading a happy and successful life. Though Drew Barrymore had faced some rough years in her life she fought them with a brave heart and started her own charity and has enjoyed staying in company of good people. Her love for her art and people has made her come out of the dark phase of her life.

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Drew Barrymore quit smoking with the help of hypnosis

The child artist of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial had a turbulent childhood which was marked by drug and alcohol abuse and two stints in rehab. In her autobiography, Little Lost Girl, Drew recalled how, at 13, she drank ‘to forget my pain’; and smoked pot ‘because it was fun.

According to smoke-free.ca, Drew had described herself as a “smokaholic” and declared that “‘it’s disgusting. It’s awful. But I love it!” She even went to the extent of saying that she loved everything about smoking. She was quoted as saying: “I love smoking! I love the first one in the morning, I love the last one before I go to bed and every one in between. If I could, I would smoke and eat at the same time. Whether its obsessions or fixations, this is definitely one of mine. But if it’s a fault, then it’s one I take pride in.”

But later on, with the side effects smoking was having on her health and mind, Drew finally decided to quit smoking. The ‘Charlie’s Angels’ star claims to have found a “balance” in her life with the help of hypnosis. She professes that she has managed to kick a two to three pack a day habit that she had had since her teens. In an interview with a reputed magazine Drew said, “I’m not (sober) and I don’t claim to be – quite the opposite. I’ve tried to find the balance. I hope it’s balanced.”

Quitting smoking is hard, whether you’re famous or not. To break the physical and mental addiction is something we sometimes just can’t do on our own. Here hypnosis proves to be really effective and a great help. Going down this route could see you quit smoking in an instant – unlike other methods such as nicotine patches or gum which could take months to wean you off and which could have nasty side effects.

The star who smoked when she was 10 admits she’s “still struggling” with it. But now, she is determined to carry on the battle till the end.

Celebrities who have quit smoking, including Brad PittJennifer AnistonEllen DeGeneres, and Debra Messing.

Find out how smoking damages your health.

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