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Ben Affleck Says He Has Been Taking Antidepressants Since Age 26: 'They're Very Useful for Me'

Ben Affleck Says He Has Been Taking Antidepressants Since Age 26: 'They're Very Helpful for Me'


Ben Affleck is opening up additional about his psychological well being.

Within the second a part of an interview with Diane Sawyer for Good Morning America, which aired Friday, the 47-year-old actor and filmmaker reveals he has been taking antidepressants for greater than 20 years.

“I get depressed. I take antidepressants. They’re very useful for me,” Affleck says. “I’ve taken them since I used to be 26 years outdated, varied totally different sorts. I’ve switched and tried this and tried that. Generally they gained’t inform you about some terrible aspect impact and also you’ll come again and say, ‘Why am I 60 kilos heavier?’ ”

“And , ‘Oh, properly you placed on a bit of weight.’ And it’s like, ‘Oh, properly thanks!’ ” provides The Approach Again actor with a smile.

The revelation is a part of a deep-dive discuss wherein the star discusses his struggles with alcohol, the “loads of errors” he feels he has made and his divorce from Jennifer Garner, with whom he shares three kids: Samuel Garner, eight this month, Seraphina Rose Elizabeth, 11, and Violet Anne, 14.

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The 2-time Oscar winner admits he has “regrets” each large and small that he “would love to return and alter” if he might.

“I’d like to seek out some type of sense of which means and objective. I used to be not raised spiritual — I’m not an excellent Christian, though I am going to church with my youngsters as a result of it was essential to Jennifer, and now I am going too and I prefer it fairly a bit,” Affleck tells Sawyer, 74.

As for what he’d need folks to say about him in 2025, the actor says, ” 5 years from now, ‘Ben Affleck is sober and completely satisfied and sees his youngsters three and a half days every week, and has made three or 4 motion pictures which can be attention-grabbing to him, directed two that he’s hopefully pleased with … and is in a wholesome, secure, loving, dedicated relationship.’ ”

“I actually set myself up for that one, didn’t I? Higher make it now,” Affleck quips.

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In The Approach Again, Affleck performs Jack Cunningham, a former basketball-star-turned-coach who struggles with alcoholism — a task that he went as much as 245 lbs. for to suit the a part of “a man who drinks a case of beer a day.”

“I simply let it go, like completely let it go, like a gallon of ice cream at midnight watching like, headline information or Unsolved Murders or one thing,” the actor mentioned throughout a Q&A for the movie in Atlanta on Wednesday, mentioning that dependancy is available in many types: “The difficulty of dependancy is an actual and major problem in our society and I used to be glad to type of take that on and deal with it however not in a manner that was sermonizing and lecturing and all that as a result of no person desires to see that.”

Affleck has since gone again all the way down to 210 lbs. and, through the Q&A, referred to as the function “essentially the most satisfying efficiency expertise of my life,” including that it was “attention-grabbing” to play a personality who “handled an dependancy to alcohol, and that’s one thing that I’ve handled.”

The Approach Again hits theaters on March 6.