There’s been plenty of drama in Sheryl Crow’s life. In 2006, at 44, her engagement to now-disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong ended, and just weeks later, the nine-time Grammy winner learned she had breast cancer, for which she’s been successfully treated. But as she revealed to the Daily Mail two years later, Crow spent part of her twenties deeply depressed.
“At its worst, there was a six-month period ... when I couldn’t dress, days I couldn’t leave the house. Antidepressants helped and so did therapy, but depression is a chemical thing that some people go through. It’s always been part of my life,” said Crow in the Daily Mail story.
According to Langenecker, depression is indeed related to brain chemistry. “Depression is always, in some ways, a disruption in brain chemistry, which can result in negative distorted memories, low energy, or a withdrawal from positive social relationships,” he says.
Now the mother of two little boys, Crow lives happily on her 50-acre Nashville ranch, reported Good Housekeeping magazine last year.
J. K. Rowling: Dark Thoughts Inspired the Dementors
Before author J.K. Rowling became a household name, she was a nearly penniless single mother who wrote her first book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, while her infant daughter slept beside her in cafes. Her next Harry Potter book was published a year after the first, and she followed it with bestseller after bestseller. But as she was writing that first book, Rowling was dealing with more than poverty.
Depression engulfed her, she admitted in a 2012 interview in The Guardian. She even used her dark, suicidal thoughts as the inspiration for the Dementors, the hooded creatures that feed off human — and wizard — happiness.