What Did Trixie Mattel Say About Depression? (+3 Personal Quotes)

This article will center around Trixie Mattel, the star from Rupaul’s Drag Race that has openly talked about her, and some of her colleagues’ depressive episodes. The article will show what she said, and how it relates to the scientifically proven information about depression.

Trixie Mattel talks about depression and turns it into a meme

Trixie Mattel has talked about going through depression, and also made comments about some of her co-stars that have gone through depression. In one of her most famous sentences, that has even become a meme, Trixie Mattel says she went to the doctor because her eyes were watering and that initially, she had the idea it must have been allergies, but it turned out to be depression.

The meme went on by saying that this must have been something she was born with, or it was clinical depression. Aside from that, Trixie has also talked about her co-star, Katya, who has taken some time away to care for her mental health.

In an interview with HuffPost, she said: “This industry is about being alone and pushing your physical limits and pushing your creative limits,”. And she went on: “And the pressures of people saying ‘I love you.‘ Every time someone says ‘I love you,’ it’s like you’re putting another dime in the piggy bank and the piggy bank gets heavier.”

For Trixie Mattel, the emotional heaviness of the situation gets even worse when someone is struggling with mental health. For them, she said: ‘Drag Race’ is sort of like trying to lift weights — like, 50 pounds when you should’ve been lifting 20.”

And as for Katya’s moment, Trixie explained: “But for Katya, I think she’s still finding balance…She’s taking the year off. I think she’ll come back to drag, but she’ll come back in sort of a substitute teacher sense, where she shows up when she wants, and then she goes back to sleep when she wants. She’s going to be our new Halley’s comet of drag.”

With all of this, Trixie Mattel has stated how she, and many of her co-stars may face moments in which they struggle with mental health. She uses humor to talk about clinical depression, which is one of the most severe forms of depression. 

And with that, maybe it helps people relate to what she is going through, making it easier for them to accept the depression diagnosis.

Coming clear like that, and using humor to do so, helps to break some of the stigmas around mental health. But in the same way, when she talks about Katya, shows that sometimes a time away may be necessary.

Caring for your mental health can be a troubling road, and having information in that process is important. So let’s understand a little about what clinical depression is, to understand it can be something a person is born with or something they develop.

What is clinical depression? 

Clinical depression, also known as major depression, is the most intense form of depression. The person with clinical depression will experience the common symptoms of depression such as:

  • Sadness
  • Emptiness
  • Hopelessness
  • Loss of purpose
  • Loss of ability to focus
  • Lack of energy
  • Loss of interest in things
  • Low self-esteem
  • Feeling worthless
  • Excessive crying or inability to cry
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Guilt
  • Change in sleeping pattern
  • Change in eating pattern
  • Self-harm
  • Thoughts of death and suicide

Those symptoms can be so intense in a person with clinical depression that it can make it impossible for them to even get out of bed sometimes. It usually affects every aspect of their life, causing their work or study life to suffer, in the same way as their relationships.

It is important to keep in mind that even though those are the most common symptoms of depression, not everyone will have the same. It often changes from one person to the next.

And aside from the common symptoms, clinical depression can lead people to develop hallucinations, delusional thoughts, and sometimes even psychotic episodes. As with any other form of depression, for a person to be diagnosed, they need to experience the symptoms extremely for more than two weeks.

Clinical depression also seems to be caused by the same factors as other forms of depression. They can be related to genetic factors, which means that people that have a family history of depression, have a higher chance of developing it.

It can also be related to a chemical imbalance in the person’s brain or external factors. For example, the person is going through a traumatic experience, such as the end of a relationship, or the death of someone close.

To treat clinical depression, it is often necessary for the person to go through a joint treatment of therapy and medication. The first will help the person understand their emotions better, discover ways of dealing with depression, and maybe, even what is the root of it. 

As for the medication, it will help with the chemical imbalance of the person’s brain, and reduce the intensity of the symptoms you may be experiencing.

With all of this said, it is possible to say that, to some extent, the Trixie Mattel meme has some truth to it. It can be that a person has clinical depression, and it may also be that they were born with it. Clinical depression has a genetic factor to it, and having this predisposition, can cause you to experience it at some period of your life.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ): What has Trixie Mattel said about depression? 

Does depression have a cure?

No, depression doesn’t have a cure. Rather than that, mental health professionals prefer to say that depression will go into remission. That is because it is impossible to say to a person they will never develop depression again, due to their genetic predisposition.

But when a person goes into remission, they will be able to regain their emotional control. Not only that, they will be able to feel joy once again and regain interest in things. And even though one can be scared that they will get depressed again, you should keep in mind to care for your mental health even when you are feeling better.

Keeping to that healthy lifestyle, exercising, meditating, and so on, will most likely be the safest way for you to prevent a future depressive relapse in the best way possible.

What are the other forms of depression? 

Aside from clinical depression, depression can be mild, moderate, and persistent. The first one, as the name says, leads the person to experience mild symptoms of depression that usually go on for a short period. Because of that, this tends to be one of the hardest forms of depression to be diagnosed.

But to treat it, the person will mostly need to do some lifestyle changes. In moderate depression, the person begins to experience some impairments in their everyday life caused by depression. The symptoms tend to be more intense and go on for longer. To treat moderate depression, most people will go to therapy, and some will also need medication.

As for persistent depression. It can go on for 5 years. In it, the person will swing between mild depression and clinical depression. And it is because of these swings that most people with persistent depression will need therapy to learn how to manage their emotions in this situation. Aside from that, they will also need medication to help them deal with the symptoms of depression.

What are antidepressants? 

Antidepressants are medications that are used to treat depression, and sometimes even other forms of mental illness. They have been in the market for a long time, and have existed in different forms. 

Some more modern ones such as the Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are the most commonly prescribed because they usually have fewer side effects, two examples of which are Fluoxetine and Citalopram.

Another form of antidepressant is the Serotonin-noradrenaline reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs), such as venlafaxine, which is similar to SSRIs but was created to be more effective than SSRIs. Noradrenaline and specific serotonergic antidepressants (NASSAs), such as mirtazapine, are recommended for people that can’t take SSRIs. 

There are older forms of antidepressants such as tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs), such as amitriptyline. They can be recommended to people with major depression that are resistant to other medications. 

There are also Serotonin antagonists and reuptake inhibitors (SARIs), such as trazodone, and Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) which are older types of antidepressants. It has a lot of serious side effects. The most known example of it is tranylcypromine

Does the medication work differently in each person?

Yes, medication will always work differently from one person to the next. Even if two people are taking the same medication, with the same dose, and to treat the same thing, each of them can react completely differently.

One can feel a lot of benefits from that medication, and their symptoms may start to improve. While the other could have many side effects, that can even cause the doctor to change their medication. And this is why it is so important to be treated by professionals. They will help you discover what medication works best for you.

Why do celebrities get depressed?

Celebrities can get depressed as any other person can. Although there is a misconception that because they are famous, loved by money, or even live with some sense of financial security, they shouldn’t have any motives to be depressed. 

But as it is known, depression is not related to having everything. Since it can be related to genetics, any person, when faced with a difficult moment, has this predisposition and can get depressed.

What we lose track of when talking about celebrities, is that even though they have a lot in their favor, they are also dealing with so much pressure. They are often asked to always be nice to people and have constant pressure to reinvent themselves for the public’s eye.

It all can feel overwhelming for them and depending on the mental health of each, and how they can cope, it can certainly lead them to depression.


This article centered around RuPaul’s Drag Race star Trixie Mattel. It showed what she said about being depressed, as well as her comments about some of her co-stars that have come forward saying they struggle with depression. 

The article also showed how some of her lines became memes and explained what clinical depression is.

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