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Shh, Don't Use the "D" Word
In singer/musician Juliana Hatfield’s new memoir When I Grow Up, due out this September, one of her experiences she reveals is her battle with severe depression in the mid-1990s. During that time, she canceled a European tour because her depression was so overwhelming, yet her publicist issued a statement that she was suffering from “nervous exhaustion.”
“Why couldn’t they have called it what it was? … ‘Severe depression’ sounds so much more badass than ‘nervous exhaustion,’” she says in her book.
Indeed. Why did the publicist feel the need to dress up Hatfield’s depression? Was it because depression wasn’t as accepted in the mid-90s as it is now? Several stars today, such as Kirsten Dunst and Heather Locklear, have publicly announced their decision to seek depression treatment. Or has depression become so acceptable that stars use it as a cover for seeking other less-acceptable treatments, such as for drugs, alcohol or eating disorders? [New York Post]