Sarah Silverman Talks About Mental Illness
Written by Justin Silver
Sarah Silverman sat down and talked with Glamour magazine recently. Silverman took the opportunity to open up about her experience with depression. She notes that many people throw around the term “mental-illness terms” but may not fully understand what’s really happening. With mental illness becoming more understood for the medical community, the rest of society still doesn’t fully understand the complexity that is mental illness
Silverman laid it all out during the interview, talking about when she first started to notice her depression at 13. She went into how she personally manages her condition and the journey it took to get healthy.
“I’m on a small dose of Zoloft, combined with therapy” Silverman explained in the interview. Speaking about panic attacks Silverman offered “Once, my stepdad asked me what it feels like, I said it feels like I’m desperately homesick, but I’m home” Silverman wrapped the interview by saying “I believe being a comedian is about exposing yourself, warts and all.”
Of course Silverman isn’t alone in this, comedians Jay Pharoah and Ruby Wax have opened up in the past about mental illness. Of course the loss of Robin Williams brought the issue to the front-page, at least for a little while.
Silverman made one very strong point in this interview. “People use ‘panic attack’ very casually out here in L.A., but I don’t think most of them know what it is,” She went on to explain “every breath is labored. You are dying. You are going to die. It’s terrifying.”