Audra McDonald, battle, Depression, Entertainment, Her Side, private practice -

Audra McDonald Opens Up About Depression Battle

Audra McDonald, battle, Depression, Entertainment, Her Side, private practice -

Audra McDonald Opens Up About Depression Battle

imagesShe won three Tony Awards by the time she was 28 years old.

But Audra McDonald has opened about a dark period in her youth that saw her attempt to end her own life while she was studying to become an actress.

The Broadway star, now 44, told ABC’s Popcorn With Peter Travers that her suicide attempt took place while she was battling with depression.

“When I was [in college] at Juilliard, I had a suicide attempt,” McDonald revealed.

“I tried to slit my wrist.”

The former Private Practice star went on to win – thus far – a grand total of six Tony Awards, but explained that the road to her success had been emotionally rocky.

She described what it was like for her to endure this period of her life and how the prestigious performing arts school helped her through it.

‘When someone is suicidal, one of the first things you have to do is to protect them from themselves,’ she said, before detailing the assistance she received.

“They had a mental-health facilitator there, a therapist there, and they checked me into a mental-health hospital, where I was for a month, and got me the help I needed.”

McDonald revealed on the show that the two other factors that were instrumental in getting her back on track were antidepressants and positive career prospects before she even completed her schooling at Juilliard.

She said the school accepted her back after she came out of hospital, but first encouraged her to take on a stage role she was offered in a national tour of The Secret Garden.

“Juilliard was like… ‘We think that that musical theater thing is more for you anyway. That seems to be where you’re the happiest,” she said.



Leave a comment

Related Posts

‘Purely political’: Black conservatives protest scrubbing Ben Carson’s name from high school
A Black, conservative group is protesting a recent decision by the Detroit Board of Education to reconsider naming a ...
Read More
Michelle Obama’s ‘Becoming’ sold 725,000 copies on first day
Beloved first lady Michelle Obama sold more than 725,000 copies of her memoir Becoming, on its first day on the marke...
Read More
Barack and Michelle Obama ‘Becoming’ billionaires?
Since leaving the White House, Barack and Michelle Obama are proving they have the Midas touch. The launch of the For...
Read More
‘Make racists afraid again’: Proud Boys had hard time finding rides after Philadelphia rally
Roughly two dozen racists who showed up at Washington Square in Philadelphia on Saturday to attend a “pro-Trump, pro-...
Read More