Wayne Brady is a household name in America and is known for being a cheerful and outgoing character in all of his appearances. He’s the guy that wants to make you smile! In a recent interview with Entertainment Tonight (watch the video here), Brady says: “People are like, ‘Wayne Brady’s always happy!'” he says. “No I’m not. Because I’m human.”
Wait. A celebrity admitting he’s human? Wow.
There is a lot to learn here and Wayne Brady is paving the way to bring his personal battle to light for the greater good. In fact, he says, he has been suffering privately from depression for many years. The stigma of admitting to having a mental illness is what keeps many from opening up about their issues.
Brady says that after the death of his colleague and friend, Robin Williams, due to suicide in August of 2014, he felt the need to speak out.
Brady describes what his depression feels like:
“Having a bad day is one thing, having a bad week is another, having a bad life … You don’t want to move, you can’t move in the darkness,” he explains. “You’re like, ‘I am just going to sit right here and I want to wallow in this. As much as it hurts, I am going to sit right here because this is what I deserve. This is what I deserve, so I am going to sit here because I am that horrible of a person.'”
While Brady faces the additional challenge of having to put on a show every day in his professional life, we as regular dudes have to perform every day in the show of life. We have to look cool to our friends, suave to our partners, and smart to our bosses. Trying to maintain appearances while dealing with depression is hard.
If you’re trying to keep it together for outward appearances, you’re likely to push away the thought of asking for help too. My advice is seriously, don’t do it. Asking for help is manly. It can improve all aspects of life, including your work and your relationships. And, it allows you a private space to vent, talk, discuss things you can’t really tell anyone else, whatever you want to use the space for.
When Brady realized it was time to ask for help, he says, “It took me a while to get my stuff together to go, ‘You know what? If you’re not happy, you have to do something about it. Just to admit that you are feeling this way is a huge step. To claim that, to say, ‘Why do I feel dark? Why do I feel unhappy? Let me do something about this.'”
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