Bette Midler is a multi-Grammy Award-winning actress best known for her roles in Hocus Pocus (1993), The First Wives Club (1996), and Beaches (1998). Apart from her popularity, she’s a regular lady who can succumb to depression.
Bette Midler described her nervous breakdown as an “episode” in an interview with Oprah. “After I made a picture in the early 1980s, I was falsely accused of grandstanding, and I never did such a thing,” the 76-year-old added.
It’s unclear whose film that is, given Midler appeared in several films during the 1980s. To mention a few hits from that era, there was Jinxed!, Down and Out in Beverly Hills, Ruthless People, Outrageous Fortune, Big Business, and Oliver & Company.
“That brought me up short,” Midler reacted angrily to the incident. “I became quite unhappy and depressed as a result.”
Midler said: “I couldn’t get out of bed because I was crying. I called it a nervous breakdown because what else could I call it?”
Doctor Dan Brennan said a nervous collapse could also be a mental breakdown.
A nervous breakdown is a period of “severe mental or emotional stress” that prohibits a person from moving on with their daily life.
However, the word “no longer used by specialists nowadays” with a nervous breakdown is typically attributed to an underlying condition such as depression.
According to the NHS, “depression is more than just feeling dissatisfied or fed up for a few days.”
When a person feels “consistently melancholy for weeks or months,” depression is diagnosed.
A mental health disorder can cause long-term feelings of sadness and depression.
Fortunately for Midler, she shares her hopes that the Planet will one day heal itself.
“Even if the entire human race perishes because we keep warring, killing each other, and being horrible,” she told Oprah.
“Eventually, after millions of years, it will purify itself, and new, possibly better, life forms will emerge.”
Feeling hopeful about the future can indicate that depression is lifting.
“Treatment for depression might include a combination of lifestyle changes, talking therapy, and medication,” according to the NHS.
Moderate depression may improve independently, according to a healthy body, especially when combined with regular exercise.
If exercise alone does not improve a person’s mood, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) may be prescribed.
Additional lifestyle advice includes limiting (or eliminating) alcohol consumption, quitting smoking, and eating healthily.
Depression can also cause physical symptoms such as constipation and sleep disturbances.
A sad individual may overlook their hobbies and interests in social situations.