Many people know Ellen DeGeneres for her bubbly personality and entertaining daytime TV, but fewer know her struggles with depression. After coming out as gay, DeGeneres said she felt alienated in the entertainment industry, and that her career started to spiral downwards. Moving to Los Angeles, her condition worsened. As DeGeneres herself said, "If you ever have experienced depression, you isolate yourself and don’t reach out for help. You don’t say, ‘I’m hurting, I need help’ – you kind of crawl further into that dark hole, so that’s where I was for a while."
However, through a combination of meditation, therapy, and antidepressants, DeGeneres was able to combat depression, and began to climb her way to TV stardom. DeGeneres's story is truly inspiring, as it shows how there's hope for other suffering from the same or similar debilitating illnesses: now, we get to see plenty of the Ellen that we all know and love!