The 82-year-old actor is afflicted with a “terrifying” illness.

Al Pacino is a well-known actor in Hollywood. The actor has been in the business for nearly five decades and has appeared in great films such as The Godfather Parts 1–3. The celebrity, who has struggled with mental illness for many years, hasn’t always found fame easy.

Pacino received Oscar and Golden Globe nods for his breakthrough performance in The Godfather. After the film was released and he was thrust into the spotlight, Pacino’s mental state began to deteriorate.

At the time, director and actor Lee Strasberg advised the struggling young actor to simply “adapt to his new existence.”

Pacino, on the other hand, recognized that it is not that straightforward.

“I went through some crap,” Pacino stated on The Hollywood Reporter’s Awards Chatter podcast. ” For 25 years, I went to counseling five days a week.”

The actor admitted that his Godfather II character, Michael Corleone, suffers from depression.

The same thing happened with his role as an aging actor who had an affair with a younger woman in The Humbling.

“As the character ages, the sentiments he has for his work become less available to him, so he tries to compensate and becomes a little off and confused, and slips into a form of despair that reflects in his work,” he continued. He was initially drawn to the role because of the character’s “tragic breakdown,” he said.

Despite confessing to having had problems in the past, the actor recently remarked that he considers himself “fortunate” and “spared” for not having endured the difficulties that some of his fellow performers have and continue to encounter.

“I might feel depressed, but I’m not sure,” he said at the Venice Film Festival.

“People suffer from depression, which is extremely unhappy and can last for a long time.”

“I’m aware of that because I’ve previously experienced similar symptoms, though not to the same extent.” “I consider myself lucky and blessed to have been spared.”

Following the tragic suicide of Robin Williams in 2014, the actor’s mental health became a cause of concern.

In the 1980s, Pacino attempted to lessen his workload by just acting in a few films. “It was beneficial for me,” he said of his time away from the camera.

According to the World Health Organization, depression affects 5% of individuals globally. This translates to around 280 million people worldwide.

The disorder is one of the top causes of disability worldwide and can lead to suicide.

Despite being one of the most common mental illnesses, the vast majority of people who suffer from it do not receive treatment.

According to the NHS, everyone will experience sadness at some point in their lives, but it becomes an issue when the illness takes control of your life and prevents you from doing regular tasks.

Depression can be caused by a variety of factors, including stress and poor life experiences. There are also connections between depression and physical health. Cardiovascular illness, for example, can cause depression.

According to the NHS, depressive symptoms may include the following:

persistent sadness or depression

Being powerless and hopeless

Because I have low self-esteem, feelings of remorse, hatred, and intolerance toward others bring me to tears.

a lack of enthusiasm or desire for activities

having trouble making judgments

Not having any enjoyment in life

Feeling worried or anxious about causing injury or harm to oneself.

Other physical markers are as follows:

A slower rate of movement or speech than usual, as well as changes in weight or appetite (usually decreased, but sometimes increased)


Aches and pains that go unnoticed

insufficient power

Poor-quality drive (loss of libido)

alterations in the menstrual cycle

Sleep disorders include trouble falling asleep or waking up at an unusually early hour.

The illness can also have a negative social impact, leading to a person avoiding friends or ignoring interests and hobbies.

Doctors will describe the severity of the illness following a diagnosis. Depression can be mild, moderate, or severe. The most severe form of depression, in which navigating daily life is nearly impossible.

If you are concerned about your own or someone else’s mental health, see a doctor as soon as possible. If you are having suicidal thoughts, call The Samaritans on 116 123 24 hours a day, seven days a week.