The Drew Carey Show was one of the most iconic television shows of the 1990s. Yet, the star of the show, Drew Carey, struggled with depression and low self-esteem despite the fame and success he achieved.
When Carey was only 8 years old, his father died of a brain tumor. He was devastated by the loss. He asked his mother if he could see a psychiatrist, but she refused because she couldn’t afford it. After her husband’s death, she was working two jobs to try and make ends meet while raising her three sons on her own.
With his mother working long hours to support the family, young Carey spent much of his time at home by himself. He coped with his loneliness and boredom by reading joke books, watching funny cartoons, and listening to comedy albums.
Carey was plagued by depression throughout his childhood and adolescence. During his freshman year of college, he attempted suicide. He attempted suicide again at age 23; at the time, he was waiting tables at Denny’s after failing to complete his college degree.
With the support of family and friends, and motivation from self-help books, Carey worked to overcome his depression. He discovered he had a knack for comedy and started doing standup. Though he lacked confidence in himself, his career took off.
Carey has worked hard to improve his physical and mental health. He’s endeavored to eat healthy, exercise, read books about personal development, and continually strive for self-improvement.
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