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BUZZ ALDRIN
Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, who flew to the moon in
1969, returned to Earth as an American icon. His
new-found fame was hard for him to handle and
led to depression and alcoholism. “Returning to
Earth was challenging for me. I was a celebrity on
a pedestal, and I had to live up to that. I had a
very unstructured life. So the alcoholism and
depression, which I inherited, were ripe to
flourish,” he said. “I realized that I was
experiencing a melancholy of things done. I really
had no future plans after returning from the
moon. So I had to reexamine my life.” Many
factors led to Aldrin’s recovery, among them
therapy and Alcoholics Anonymous.
[IMPORTANT NOTE: Without proper counseling and
medication, some people with mental illness turn to
drugs and alcohol as self-medication, which only
exacerbates the negative symptoms. Substance abuse
can cause or worsten mood disorders as well as interfere
with academic performance, general self care and social
functioning.]