Jon Hamm Admits to History of "Chronic Depression"

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You'd never know it by the jokes he cracks when hosting Saturday Night Live, or the way in which he easily fit into 30 Rock for a guest-starring stint, but Jon Hamm battled depression many years ago.

The Mad Men cast member opened up about his history with this disease in a new interview with Great Britain's The Observer.

Saying he was "unmoored" by the deaths of his parents - Hamm's mother died of stomach cancer and his father passed away a decade later - the actor explained: "I struggled with chronic depression. I was in bad shape. I knew I had to get back in school and back in some kind of structured environment and ... continue."

Hamm says work and good friends of his parents helped him find happiness.

Drugs also came in handy. The legal kind, that is.

"Antidepressants help!" he said. "If you can change your brain chemistry enough to think: 'I want to get up in the morning; I don't want to sleep until four in the afternoon. I want to get up and go do my s--t and go to work and…' Reset the auto-meter, kick-start the engine!"

It's worked for Hamm. He stars in The Town, the number-one movie in the country; has been nominated for multiple Emmy Awards; and is in a stable relationship with actress Jennifer Westfeldt. We wish him the best!