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According to the American Psychological Association, 19 million people in the United States suffer from depression each year and nearly 1 in 5 will experience depression at some point in their lives.

Actress Lorraine Bracco was once part of those statistics, spending years in what she calls "a vortex of pain." Lorraine shot to stardom with her Oscar®-nominated role as a mob wife in Goodfellas. But when she landed the biggest role of her career as Dr. Jennifer Melfi on the HBO series The Sopranos, Lorraine couldn't celebrate. She says she was barely hanging on. "Everything was coming my way, but I was going down. I was painfully empty," she says. "I'd be like, 'You're a young, vibrant woman. Where are you?' I realized that I had been living in denial."
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FROM: Stars Pull Back the Veil on Depression
Published on January 01, 2006

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