SELF – Kid Cudi Checked Into A Mental Health Facility Because Of Depression

It isn’t easy to live with debilitating anxiety and depression, even if you are a celebrity. Last week, hip hop artist Kid Cudi checked himself into a mental health facility, bravely citing on Facebook his longstanding struggles with depression and suicidal urges, and the shame he has felt about it.

SELF asked me to help readers understand how common shame is, and how to know what kind of treatment you might need should you struggle with depression and suicidal urges. I was pleased to help out on this great piece.

In fact, feeling a persisting sense of shame is one of the diagnostic criteria for depression, licensed clinical psychologist Alicia H. Clark, Psy.D., tells SELF—and it can prevent people from getting the help they need. “If left unchecked, it can have life-threatening consequences,” she says.

Alicia H. Clark, PsyD