Inspiring story of Jim Carrey’s battle with ADHD and Depression

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Who is Jim Carrey?

James Eugene Carrey is a Canadian-American actor, comedian, impressionist, screenwriter, and producer. He is known for his highly energetic slapstick performances.

Jim Carrey
Jim Carrey

Carrey was born on January 17, 1962 in Canada to Kathleen a homemaker, and Percy Carrey a musician and accountant.

1994 was a break-out year for Carrey. He was cast in the lead roles in Ace Ventura: Pet DetectiveThe Mask and Dumb and Dumber. Dumb and Dumber was a commercial success, grossing over $270 million worldwide, He received his first Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actor for his work in The Mask. He earned $20 million for his film, The Cable Guy (1996).

He played the serious role of Truman Burbank in the satirical comedy-drama film The Truman Show and he did got his first Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama.

His battle with depression

Jim Carrey is a classic example of how a person can move from near poverty to smashing success both in fame and money. Still, Jim had his bowl full of issues and troubles where the depression has taken the toll on him. He has dealt with major depression for a significant portion of his life. In fact, at one point, his depression became so debilitating, that he didn’t know how he would overcome it. Like many people, he sought out help from a doctor and was prescribed Prozac which is a antidepressant and used to treat major depressive disorder.

Determining the cause of Jim Carrey’s depression is highly difficult. It was likely due to a range of complex factors such as: environment, relationships, predisposition, lifestyle, and life perspective. Due to his difficulties in childhood, some have inferred that these increased his vulnerability to experiencing major depression.

Suffered with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)

In addition to having depression, Jim Carrey was also diagnosed with ADHD. This is a diagnosis that sometimes goes hand-in-hand with depression. People with ADHD may exhibit certain slow brain waves that make them more prone to mood swings as well as depressed mood.

Jim Carrey was always a restless child. He tells that in school he would finish his assignments quickly and then start disrupting the other kids. Carrey has been open about his ADHD and uses his celebrity status to bring attention to the problem. While there is no cure for ADHD, treatments do help control the symptoms. Carrey has undergone treatment since childhood. As an adult, he has also used some of his ADHD symptoms to his advantage — becoming famous, in part, through his creativity and high energy level as a comedian.

Carrey believes the MMR vaccine causes autism, which is contrary to scientific consensus. In 2009, he wrote an article questioning the merits of vaccination and vaccine research for The Huffington Post.  With former partner Jenny McCarthy, Carrey led a “Green Our Vaccines” march in Washington, D.C., to advocate for the removal of toxic substances from children’s vaccines, out of a belief that children had received “too many vaccines, too soon, many of which are toxic.

His Belief in law of attraction

Carrey is a follower and an advocate for the law of attraction. In an interview with Oprah Winfrey on February 17th 1997, Carrey revealed that as a struggling actor he would use visualization techniques to get work. He also stated that he visualized a $10,000,000 check given to him for “Acting services rendered”, placed the check in his pocket, and seven years later received a check for $10,000,000 for his role in Dumb and Dumber.

Overcame his depression

For Jim Carrey, overcoming depression wasn’t easy and took some time for him to change as a person. His specific depression he overcame through spirituality, perceptual changes of life, maintaining a sense of purpose, and avoiding drugs and alcohol. Although he tried an antidepressant medication (Prozac), he found that it didn’t help, and was actually making him feel worse.

Spirituality: A major antidepressant for Jim Carrey has come not in the form of a pill, rather in the form of a spiritual connection. Jim had mentioned that when he embraced his spiritual nature and found a “loving place,” he became happier. He has specifically referenced a time when he was up in the Arizona mountains with Lakota Indians, saying that he truly connected with his spiritual side. He does not subscribe to a particular belief system, but believes that invisible forces are at work in the world. Finding his spiritual connection has made him happier.

Staying busy: Not only is he a talented actor, but he maintains a high work ethic. He is constantly starring in new movies and working on others. When he’s not acting, he’s keeping up with his family. Although staying busy can be stressful, for some people it helps take them focus on things other than their own depression.


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