Until I started taking this MS drug a few years ago, and before I was diagnosed with MS, I would never have described myself as having major depression.
Thinking back on it, I realize now that the intensely emotional subject matter of my shows didn't help. If you take a person like me who can get depressed, and give him a job dealing with emotional turmoil every day, what you've got is a recipe for a train wreck. After taping TV shows dealing with everybody else's problems all week, on top of the drug, on top of trying to manage the symptoms of MS, by Friday mornings I'd be a wreck. I'd spend an hour or two in the bathroom crying, to try to expel the tumult going on in my head.
You know what the number-one cause of death is among people with multiple sclerosis? It's suicide. I think it's from the physical disabilities and depression brought on by the disease and by chemical imbalances in the brain, perhaps sometimes on top of all the medicine we have to take.