Eric Dane Talks Returning To Work After Depression Battle

By Desiree Bowie 08/07/17

"It's a very serious thing...I felt very conflicted because I couldn't figure out what I was depressed about, but it's very real."

Eric Dane

Back in May, Eric Dane made headlines when his publicist announced that the actor had requested a few weeks off of production of the hit TNT series The Last Ship to deal with an issue that affects more than 15 million American adults nationwide: depression.

Now the 44-year-old actor is speaking out about taking time off to deal with mental health issues. Last week in an interview with The Today Show Dane shared some details about his work break.

“I took the time off, I was dealing with some depression," he said. "I was conflicted about it, because I didn’t really feel like I had anything to be depressed about,” he said. "It's a very serious thing...I felt very conflicted because I couldn't figure out what I was depressed about, but it's very real. And that was the scary thing — when you wake up and you're like, 'I don't want to get out of bed.'"

There are numerous symptoms of depression, both physical and mental, which often manifest in different ways in each person affected by the disorder. Some of the physical symptoms include fatigue, decreased energy, headaches and chronic pain. Mental symptoms, which are more popularized, include loss of interest, feeling guilty or worthless, irritability and thoughts of suicide.

After recognizing the change in his mood, the father of two decided to take action and seek out mental health treatment. 

"I was seeing these doctors, thinking there was something physically wrong with me because I'd never felt like that," he said. "I'd dealt with depression throughout my life, and it was always manageable. I just felt, you know, everybody kind of feels a little blue."

Dane revealed his decision to use an antidepressant to treat his depression. “Now I take a medication called Pristiq, which I thought just sounded like a good mood,” he added. “And the depression is gone.”

The actor has returned to work on Last Ships and is happy that he was able to resolve the depression that was impacting his life.

"This just hit me like a truck," he said. "I had to take some time off. I went away, I took care of it and I'm feeling great."

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Desiree Bowie is a writer and movie lover from Los Angeles, California. Follow her on Twitter @dangerbowie