12 Comedians You Didn’t Know Suffered From Depression

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It is reported that 1 in 10 US adults have reported depression in their lives. So, it should not be a shock that some of these Americans are famous.  People suffering from depression will have physical and emotional problems, but also have trouble at work and with relationships.  It has been said that many people use humor as a way to mask their depression.  Here are 12 comedians who have used humor as a defense mechanism in the fight against depression. 

Larry David

Larry David began to develop his depression in the 1970’s while he was in the National Guard.  Unfortunately, David did not have enough money to seek help from a psychiatrist. He was so low on cash he was living with parents and did not have a job.  David was able to get out of his depression funk by trying his hand at stand-up comedy.  This then paved the way for him to become a writer and star on the show Friday’s and then become a writer on Saturday Night Live.

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Tim Gerstenberger received a BA degree in Communication from Saginaw Valley State University and a MSA degree in Human Resources from Central Michigan University. He currently works as a Recruiter for Chemical Bank, one of the largest banks headquartered in the state of Michigan. His past work has been published on Yahoo! and Examiner. He also contributes to other television/celebrity based websites. He has had a passion for TV since an early age and some of his current favorite shows include: Friends, The Office, How I Met Your Mother, Happy Endings, Friday Night Lights, Bones, The Mindy Project, Chicago Fire, and The Good Wife. He currently resides in the Bay City, Michigan area.
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