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Woody Allen uses his humor to combat depression


Famous multitalented and quirky Hollywood personality Woody Allen is known as the star with most number of disorders. One condition that he suffers from is depression. Many celebrities have lived with depression including Uma Thurman, Kylie Minogue, Princess Diana and Naomi Campbell. Woody Allen, a great comic icon, fought depression with his humor, flair for writing and movies. Allen experienced an eventful personal life (including five failed marriages), and he took to his writing skills to express his personal feelings: most of Woody’s films mirror this.

Talking about his films and the story related to the incidents of his personal life at the premier of his film at Cannes, Woody Allen said: “I make films because if I don’t make them then I don’t have anything to distract me. My whole life I am constantly fighting all kinds of depression and terror and anxiety and I find that, like a mental patient in an institution, that if they keep the patient busy finger painting then they are more relaxed.”

To manage this mental condition, Woody Allen underwent psychoanalysis for a long stretch of 30 years. He felt rejuvenated and happy after undergoing this clinical therapy and after her sixth marriage with Previn he decided to end the treatment. Letting his funny side speak, Allen once said, “I just work from film to film and I’m almost burning on a low flame of depression. You know? It’s not the kind of depression that sends you to use drugs or medicine. But, you know, I don’t really care if people don’t like a film of mine very much, and I don’t really get much pleasure if the film is successful.”

Many of his friends and colleagues always criticized him because of his highly controversial personal life, but Woody Allen had a clear message for them: “But I could also say to them, I’ve had a very productive life. I’ve worked very hard, I’ve never fallen prey to depression.”

Unperturbed by all the criticisms and controversy, Woody Allen goes on with his life and art.

Other clinically depressed celebrities include Jim CarreyJ.K. RowlingHalle BerryHugh Laurie and Owen Wilson.

Author: Colin Swan

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