Jim Carrey, the hilarious comedian known for his roles in How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Dumb and Dumber, Liar Liar, Bruce Almighty, and more, might be one of the last people one would expect to hear has struggled with depression for much of his life.
The comedian has been through some pretty publicized personal issues, including a lawsuit struggle against the mother and estranged husband of his ex-girlfriend Cathriona White due to claims that the prescription drugs she took prior to committing suicide in 2015 were provided by Carrey.
Jim Carrey also had two unsuccessful marriages, after the second of which he sought the help of a psychiatrist who prescribed him with Prozac. But even though the drug was helpful initially, the comedian realized he could not stay dependent on it forever. "I had to get off [Prozac] at a certain point," said Carrey. "You need to get out of bed every day and say that life is good. That's what I did, although at times it was very difficult for me."
Now, Carrey describes himself as "sometimes happy." He elaborates, "At this point, I don't have depression. There is not an experience of depression. I had that for years, but now, when the rain comes, it rains, but it doesn't stay. It doesn't stay long enough to immerse me and drown me anymore." He claims that a healthy diet and natural supplements have helped his improved mental health.
I mean, there's the classic saying that all comedians have depression. Whether or not this is always the case (most stereotypes aren't), Carrey's story brings up an interesting point about the apparent, paradoxical relationship between depression and comedy. Is one conducive to the other? Why is humor so important in dismantling concepts too terrifying, tragic, or ugly to face? Why do so many people believe that the emotions one evinces outwardly are representative of one's inner state (e.g. "happy/hilarious people cannot be depressed")?