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Jon Hamm Plunged Into Black Hole Upon Dad's Death

September 21, 2010 03:51:38 GMT

'I did do therapy and antidepressants for a brief period, which helped me,' the 'Mad Men' star recalled the time he became an orphan at the age of 20.


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Jon Hamm suffered from chronic depression after the death of his father - and turned to therapy and antidepressants to cope with his sorrow. The "Mad Men" star, whose mother died when he was aged just two, was a 20-year-old student in Texas when he received the news his dad had passed away, leaving him parentless.

He was plunged into a dark depression following the tragedy - and only came through with the help of medication and therapy sessions. Hamm tells Britain's Observer magazine, "I struggled with chronic depression. I was in bad shape. I knew I had to get back in school and some kind of structured environment and... continue."

"I did do therapy and antidepressants for a brief period, which helped me. Which is what therapy does: it gives you another perspective when you are so lost in your own spiral, your own bulls**t. It helps. And honestly? Antidepressants help! If you can change your brain chemistry enough to... reset the auto-meter, kick-start the engine!"


 




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