Actor, novelist, script consultant, screenwriter, and performance artist Carrie Fisher has experienced depression and other mental health challenges.
“The manic end of is a lot of fun. I try to encourage people to envy my mania. A lot of it is just fantastic.
“Mental illness sounds so horrendous and it can be. But it’s kind of a broad term. People that are depressed have mental illness.
“A lot of what’s wrong with me is, I feel like, a bank error in my favor. It can be fantastic.
“Whenever I read about it in other books, it’s very, very heavy and awful. I was trying to get to the positive side.” (laughs)
[From moviepoopshoot.com interview by Josh Horowitz, February 27, 2004.]
Writer Mimi Avins noted “Fisher’s candor can be startling. How can she be so open? Didn’t she worry that some people would find manic depression unappealing?”
“I find it unappealing,” Fisher says. “But there is a part of this illness that is funny. I don’t understand the stigma. I understand funny. It is what I do.
“Because I have the sense of humor I have, things don’t prey on me long. And that’s why I have it. If I didn’t, I would be… in pain. If my life weren’t funny, it would just be true, and that would be unacceptable.” //
Avins continued, “It was fun for a while, being crazy Carrie, hyper Carrie. And then it wasn’t.”
Fisher commented, “The manic depressive’s battle is you don’t know where you’re going to land, and you don’t know how long it could take to get back if you land in the bad place.
“That’s why I call it the best awful. It gets great! And then very rapidly it gets to the point where you don’t make sense. [Referring to her novel The Best Awful]
“I’ve gotten to where I don’t track. It’s derailment. That’s embarrassing to someone whose identity is rooted in being articulate.
“It is fun when you’re in your 20s. You feel you can house this energy. Maybe it’s sort of OK in your 30s, but it’s starting to be not right. And when you go off the tracks it’s not right at any age.”
[From Carrie Fisher takes reality for a spin – by Mimi Avins, Los Angeles Times Jan 25 2004.]
[Top photo from post: Carrie Fisher revisits ‘Star Wars’ past as ‘Princess Diarist’ by Brian Truitt, USA TODAY December 17, 2015. Lower photo from facebook.com/carrieffisher.]
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Article publié pour la première fois le 24/02/2015