Jim Carrey: Longtime Prozac Users "Never Get to the Problem"
Tom Cruise isn't the only actor who frowns upon the use of anti-depressant drugs.
On Monday's Larry King Live, Jim Carrey -- who has battled depression since he was a child -- warned people about using Prozac for a long period of time.
"At the risk of like opening up the whole Tom Cruise Prozac argument, you know, I don't disagree in many ways," Carrey said. "I think Prozac and things like that are very valuable to people for short periods of time. But I believe if you're on them for an extended period of time, you never get to the problem.
"You never get to see what the problem is, because everything is just kind of OK," he said. "And so, you don't deal. And people deal when they get desperate." Carrey's solution: "Supplements," he said. "It is vitamins. But it's also certain elements of the brain like Tyrosine and hydroxytryptophan that they're treating depression with now," he said. "It is a natural substance that's in your brain. Instead of being a Serotonin inhibitor, which just uses the serotonin you have and Prozac and things like that. it just uses the Serotonin you have and it doesn't allow it go back into the receptor. It metabolizes your serotonin after a while and you have to keep taking more and more to feel good. This actually creates dopamine and creates serotonin," Carrey continued. "It's a wonderful thing. It's amazing. I'm going to talk a lot about it in the near future."
Carrey said his girlfriend Jenny McCarthy also helps him. He recalled meeting her years ago at David Spade's birthday party.
"She looked at me, and she said, 'You just looked so peaceful that I had to come and talk to you,'' he told King. "I mean, I'd seen her a bunch of times, never in person. But I just thought -- well, she's nothing like the persona, like the Singled Out person that I met -- or that I knew, that I had seen." He said they have no plans to wed.
"I love Jenny very much, and we have a great relationship. And we've both been married a couple times," the Yes Man star said. "I like it the way it is, and I think she likes it the way it is."