More Tough Men with Depression
While football builds a lot of fierce facades, the toughest figure in the literary field had to be Ernest Hemingway. A medic in World War I, he witnessed many atrocities and gory aftermaths of gassings and massacres. An avid hunter and aficionado of bullfights, Hemingway’s stories featured stoical, emotionally controlled men who strived for “grace under pressure.” After losing a portion of his memory following electroconvulsive therapy and unable to stop drinking, Hemingway shot himself with a double barrel shotgun in the hallway of his home when he was just 62 years old.
While Hemingway wanted men to be courageous and struggled to achieve that power himself, probably the most truly courageous man America has ever seen was most Abraham Lincoln. A brilliant man who thought and felt deeply about all kinds of subjects, Lincoln struggled with many dark periods. Despite these setbacks, he faced down powerful forces and knowingly sent boys into battle to their deaths in order to turn the United States away from its abominable dependence on slavery. The guilt and isolation nearly devastated him. To read an excellent account of Lincoln’s life and what he accomplished despite depressive his illness, visit: www.abilitymagazine.com/abe_story.html.
Check out these names of other men who’ve suffered depression: Ozzie Osbourne, Jean Claude Van Damme, former Oakland Raiders offensive lineman Barret Robbins, Axl Rose of Guns 'N Roses, football players Barry Sims and Ricky Williams, Sir Isaac Newton, Johnny Depp and more. These men have been brave enough to get the help they need, share their struggles with friends and even the media. A man doesn’t get stronger than that.