Life for the 42-year-old American actor, writer and director, Matthew Ryan Phillippe, was not so easy always. Struggling with depression since his early 20s, Phillippe has now found healthy ways to cope with his mental illness. In an article for the Naked Issue of the Women’s Health magazine, Phillippe talked about his lack of patience and bouts of depression and how meditation and exercise helped him deal with them.
Sharing his thoughts on depression, the Delaware-born star placed it and mood disorders on an equal footing with autism. Calling it an individual experience, the actor stated that basis the variety of symptoms experienced by an individual, treatment for depression should vary on a case-by-case basis and should not be dealt by a one-size-fits-all approach.
Talking about the stigma surrounding mental disorders and emphasizing the importance of speaking about it for oneself and for others, the Hollywood actor stressed the importance of helping each other cope with mental illnesses and provide the necessary tools to overcome it. According to him, “Depression and mood disorders could manifest in a thousand different ways depending on who it is. I don’t think there’s any reason not to talk about it. We can help each other cope and give tools that we learn along the way.”
Often considered a personal weakness or character flaw, depression can decrease one’s ability to function in personal and professional life and cause one to experience a variety of emotional and physical problems.
‘I am a work in progress’
The father of three added that though he has learnt ways to cope with his mental illness, he is constantly thinking about how to remain focused, steady himself and be kinder and better. Considering himself to be “a work in progress,” the Shooter star revealed his recent fondness for Eastern philosophy about giving up superficial things humans get attached to.
Going public about his struggle with depression for the first time in 2015, Phillippe had told Elle that his depression had been an obstacle for him ever since he was a child. Describing himself as an ‘innately’ sad kind of a person, the star had confessed to having found healthier ways to cope with his personal issues and be at peace with himself.
Known as the leading cause of disability worldwide, depression can cause persistent feelings of sadness, extreme despair, and lead to a variety of physical and psychological problems. The National Institute of Mental Health defines depression as “a period of two weeks or longer during which there is either depressed mood or loss of interest or pleasure, and at least four other symptoms that reflect a change in functioning, such as problems with sleep, eating, energy, concentration, and self-image.” A serious mental illness, in 2015, an estimated 16.1 million American adults suffered from at least one major depressive episode in the previous year.
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