Many people still don’t seem to recognize that mental health issues, like any kind of physical health ailments, are serious and need the same type of attention, which is exactly what Hamm was getting at in a recent interview on the show In Depth with Graham Bensinger. “People think if you break your ankle, you’re not expected to just walk it off,” he said. “But if your brain chemistry is somehow a little tweaked, you’re somehow expected to just deal with it.”
After Hamm’s father passed away while he was in college, the Mad Men actor explained in the interview that he began to feel less like his usual self, and that he had a hard time leaving the house. But, at his sister’s urging, he sought professional help. Speaking with a therapist and getting on medication for his depression, he told Bensinger, made a huge difference in his life.