Kid Cudi, Shame, and Depression

October 5, 2016

Written by

Claudia Black Young Adult Center



Hip-hop artist and actor Kid Cudi announced yesterday that he is currently receiving treatment for depression and suicidal thoughts.

In a Facebook post he said, “It’s been difficult for me to find the words to what I’m about to share with you because I feel ashamed…” Shame and guilt are, unfortunately, emotions that often accompany depression. The illness takes a big toll on a person’s energy levels, often leading them to stop doing things they feel they should do, want to do, and need to do, and can leave them feeling “lazy” or “worthless.” As they struggle to complete day-to-day tasks and goals, their self-image may also start to suffer, and they may feel ashamed of not achieving their goals or living up to the expectations they have for themselves.

It’s important to remember that depression is a disease and not a personal or moral failing. When you’re struggling with depression the energy and motivation you need to overcome your lethargy is simply not there.

The good news is that depression is treatable. Even if you feel like you’re trapped in a pit of total darkness, there is a way out. Kid Cudi has done a great thing for himself by getting treatment. And, he’s done a great thing for his fans as well by having the courage to share his story, and offer hope to those who may be fighting their own battles with depression and anxiety:

“My anxiety and depression have ruled my life for as long as I can remember… I’m tired of being held back in my life. I deserve to have peace. I deserve to be happy and smiling. Why not me? I guess I give so much of myself to others I forgot that I need to show myself some love too.”

Get Help for Depression and Anxiety

You can recover from debilitating depression and anxiety and learn the necessary life skills to build and rebuild your life and relationships. If you have any questions about inpatient or outpatient treatment options for depression and anxiety, please feel free to call our intake specialists at 855-333-6075.