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'Mad Men' star admits depression - help is on the way

By Compuquotes Team on November 11th, 2010

Jon Hamm and Anna Nicole Smith are two of Hollywood's beautiful people, with money, fame, and undeniable good looks. But being a celebrity doesn't make you immune to mental illness or substance abuse; in fact, in Smith's case, it might have been her undoing.

What "The Anna Nicole Show" may not have revealed about the star

In the latest drama surrounding Smith's death in 2007, prosecutors are now saying Smith had a substance abuse problem and that her addiction led her to coerce those around her into providing excessive prescription drugs. The Playboy model, who died of an accidental overdose, said she suffered from depression and chronic pain which is why she needed the medications.

Mad Men star suffered from depression

Jon Hamm, the star of TV's "Mad Men" recently admitted to battling depression for almost two decades, CNN reports. Hamm says the death of his father when he was 20 was the trigger. His treatment includes medication and therapy, which luckily he can afford, but what about people who don't have a lot of money, or their health insurance won't cover treatment?

New law provides expanded health insurance coverage

Living with mental illness or a substance abuse problem is no picnic for anyone. But there may be new hope for those who must live with these diseases. A portion of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act that went into effect this year requires health insurance plans that cover mental illness and substance abuse to treat these illnesses the same as other medical and surgical treatments. This means that visit restrictions, which are often capped too low to be effective, and separate co-payments and deductibles are over.

Right now, the act only applies to group health insurance plans that cover more than 50 employees, but it's a start. If the new insurance mandates help even one person get the care they need for these much-maligned health issues, we are on the right track with health care reform.

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