Jim Carrey: Overcoming Depression and leaning on Spirituality

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Jim Carrey arrives at LACMA's 50th Anniversary Gala held at Los Angeles County Museum of Art on Saturday, April 18, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

“I decide to be there. I only act in the movies.” This is Jim Carrey, the actor as a man – a real person. The few minutes’ clip displays a side to Carrey that only few can claim to understand, but that a world should sit up and take note.

Carrey talks about life in general and his battle with depression. Once on Prozac, he now steers clear from all forms of drug; from Prozac, alcohol through to coffee. He admits the depression still lingers but that he “was on Prozac for a long time,’ Carrey says. “I had to get off at a certain point, because I realized, you know, that everything’s okay,” talking gently about those who remain on Prozac and similar drugs for the remainder of their life. “It feels like a low level of despair you live in, where you’re not getting any answers, but you’re living okay and you can smile at the office…but it’s a low level of despair.”

He draws his strength from the beauty of the world and spirituality. During his interview, he touches on his personal beliefs helping him move away from his despair. His faith is very personal and he feels very strong about his religion as religion, not as segmented. When asked what religion he is, he gives a poignant answer, one the world can learn from.

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“Are you a Buddhist?” With that, Carrey responds:

“I’m a Buddhist, I’m a Christian, I’m a Muslim, I’m whatever you want me to be. It all comes down to the same thing. You’re in a loving place, or you’re in an unloving place; if you’re with me right now you cannot be unhappy, it’s not possible.”

As comments on the YouTube clip suggest, “If more people believe as he does, there would be less religious wars.”


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12 COMMENTS

  1. WOW u are Anonymous and u dont know how to find a better video quality of it?

    here the link on Youtube: https://youtu.be/ppDTVfk9frk
    it took me 3s

    Also this great actor and superb person who is Carrey is not depressive BUT BIPOLAR (as he explained on an interview!

    PLZ verify more ur sources and ur researches…

      • Depends on how you use the word really. If you’re using it in a non-clinical manner most people use depression interchangeably with “major depression” which differs pretty strongly from bipolar disorder (also known as “manic depression”) with the key thing being that someone who is bipolar deals with mania just as much as they do depression and how you deal with that can be quite different.

        Or better put…
        Major depression (often shortened to depression) contains NO mania states, only depressive states. If someone has issues with mania they do not have depression, they have manic depression. If someone does not deal with depressive states/feelings enough to be diagnosed with major depression then they don’t HAVE depression, they deal with depressive feelings.

      • I lie, there’s more than 2.
        Correction fail.
        There’s 4 types, 2 are a bit more obscure.
        bipolar I disorder, bipolar II disorder, cyclothymic disorder, and bipolar disorder not otherwise specified

        • being moody or disthimic or in the worst case, depressive or melancholic is completely NOT considered as bipolarity,

          the results are maybe the same for ppl but for the person who live so it is not and the way to go down are not the same definitely!
          a bipolar will get down differently than a monopolar (as the depressive ppl are described)

          there is also to consider kindling state, and also hyper-cycling (which is not cyclothymic state)!
          there is today 5 defined varieties of it

          it is just my 2 cents but it is maybe having sens from a person who is bipolar with kindling state and also with a PhD on neuro-toxicity…

          ANYWAY to finish on a good point:
          Jim CARREY is a kind of person that he acts, in some ways for changing world with his tool (just watching is monologue on the Golden globes) very clever guy!

  2. religious wars??? as far as I know all extremist kill christians everyday and everywhere… we christians are not doing war on anyone… we should stop extremism not religion

  3. Slightly cynically speaking, he did it right. First build your career on mainstream appeal, get wealthy, then you can gradually afford to be yourself. If you start out trying to be yourself, society might crush you, keep you down. Interestingly, he didn’t say why he suffers from depression. But I suspect at the root it’s the same for everybody: Being able to imagine and see amazing beauty and then encountering the contrast, bumping off the rev limiter.
    Also interesting: For me the ‘Prozac effect’ happens on its own during crises, without taking that stuff.

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