Quotables: Brave, Handsome Elijah Wood Talks Depression and Anxiety

6/26/2013 1:00 PM PDT, by Sarah Taylor
"I can't say that I've dealt with depression, because I think that's a really heavy thing, and I think that people sometimes use that word really lightly in reference to being blue or depressed. So no, I've not dealt with depression, but I deal with anxiety on a minor level. It's something that I've had most of my life, and it never manifests on an uncontrollable level with panic attacks, it's just more reflective of a sensitivity to everything around me. Most of the time, I just accept it or try to understand what I'm feeling anxious about, and work through it - sometimes if I'm nervous, I talk about it, and that helps. You know, all you can do is sort of ride it out, because sometimes it has a mind of its own. Also I tell myself that it's manifested out of my mind and emotions - I think a real understanding that I came to about anxiety specifically is created by what you're sort of unconsciously telling yourself."

--Elijah Wood on having his own emotional cross to bear, mild anxiety. 

And guys, you're not alone -- if you're one of the million to suffer from anxiety or depressive disorders, you're in good company. Some of the most brilliant and stable celebrities have either suffered at one point in their lives with something like postpartum depression, or even currently battle daily with things like bipolar disorders. No shame, guys, just love. 

(And who doesn't love Elijah Wood? Come on now.)  
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1070 days ago

I commend him, and other celebrities, for discussing their mental health issues, no matter how mild. The more it's discussed, the less taboo the subject will become - and maybe more people will seek help for what they think is an 'embarrassing' problem

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Sarah Simer
1070 days ago

He is THE best. True, genuine and talented.

1070 days ago

What a good guy to admit his disorder...

1070 days ago

So, he gets nervous and thinks he can qualify that to talk about real mental disorders? What a douchebag!!! "
oh, I get nervous sometimes", yeah. That really compares to life shattering depression. Hey, Doc Wood, why don't you come compare sweaty palms to my 3 tour vetern husband. Tell him how you have it just as bad as he does with PTSD

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1070 days ago

Um.. he's never has depression or panic attacks but he's been mildly nervous at times... while a big name.. poor article

1070 days ago

When will he get out of the closet?

1070 days ago

yeah im really glad that he didnt try to use the depression word if he doesnt really have it. like there are a lot of celebrities who say they suffer from body dysmorphic disorder when honestly they probably dont know what it is or how horrible it really is... so... yeah.. its nice when a celebrity doesnt try to be dramatic about things..

86 days ago

I love elijah wood and its sad to hear that he has aniexty but I can't say I don't have that either cause I do but I feel bad for him