David Letterman reveals battle with depression

Washington: David Letterman has opened up about his long battle with serious depression and his reluctance to get help -- particularly of the pharmaceutical kind.

Admitting he was “always skeptical” about taking depression medication, Letterman worried “it would make me loopy or make me hallucinate or make me drowsy.”

But then, Letterman came down with the shingles.

“Part of the concoction of drugs they give you to fight that pain are pretty serious, and I just got tired of taking them,” Us magazine quoted the CBS star who quit the pain drugs “cold turkey, as saying on ‘This Morning’.

That decision led the veteran chat show host to develop “nervous anxiety” on top of his depression.

“Then I was really screwed,” he recalled -- finally turning to his friend and doctor, Louis Aronne, for help.

“So that’s when I said to Louis, ‘OK, OK, I’ll try anything just to get rid of this depression’,” he said.

“Because it’s different than, ‘Oh, I don’t feel good today.’ It’s different than feeling sad. It’s different than feeling blue. It’s really, like a friend of mine says, it’s the world with 20/20 vision,” he added.