But I got to learn how to sit back and watch other people and learn what judgment was and have compassion. I wanted to crawl up in a ball and climb in a hole and hide forever; I was embarrassed. Owen Wilson He may have a charismatic persona on screen, but the actor struggled with depression that ultimately led to a suicide attempt in 2007.And learn that not only was I strong enough to make it in the first place, but I was strong enough to come back and make it again. Since then, Wilson has recovered from the incident, and while he hasn't spoken too much publicly about the experience, he's still gone on to claim a meaningful career, including starring in recent notable films like "Midnight in Paris" and "The Internship".In fact, as the 12 inspiring public figures below prove, it's not only possible to keep depression from holding you back, it's also possible to be triumphant with it.
"The beauty of it is that there are medications that work. I'm always happy-go-lucky, and people look at me and find it shocking that I could be depressed." Sheryl Crow The Grammy-award winning singer has been battling depression ever since she can remember -- but despite her chronic struggle, Crow has managed to face the condition and continue to achieve thanks to antidepressants and therapy, according to Everyday Health.
"I'm a big fan of it, it helped me a lot." Doug Duncan The Maryland politician made his struggle with depression part of his public story.
Duncan, who was a former Maryland gubernatorial candidate and served as Montgomery County executive, told the Washington Post in April that he feels as though he's "back to the real me" after receiving treatment for the condition. It was terrible." After the urging of her husband, Chris Martin, Paltrow found the help that she needed through therapy and exercise.
Paige Hemmis The happy-go-lucky carpenter most famous for her pink tool belt and vivacious personality on ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" wasn't always that way.
While filming the show, Hemmis found herself sleep-deprived, but not because she wasn't getting to bed on time.