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Carrie Fisher talks depression, electro-shock therapy and her famous father


In an extremely candid interview with Oprah Winfrey, which aired on Tuesday, Carrie Fisher revealed she has learned to cope with severe depression thanks to shock therapy. The "Star Wars" actress undergoes electro-shock treatment once every six weeks to help her cope with manic depression. Fisher was diagnosed as a bipolar sufferer in her twenties and has battled mental illness and severe bouts of depression ever since.

She told the talk show host, "Did you see 'One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest'? Well, it's [electro-shock therapy] not like that ... A lot of people have had it that benefited from it. They put you to sleep, they give you a medication so there are no more convulsions or anything... It's over very quickly and you go home and take a nap... I had it when I did get into depression that medication could not handle."

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The actress admitted she has even learned to stay positive about the memory loss she suffers following the sessions: "I don't remember movies I've seen, so I get to see them over and over again."

Fisher's mother, actress Debbie Reynolds, joined her on the "Oprah Winfrey Show" and teared up as she spoke about the benefits of the treatment. Reynolds said , "I admire her strength and survival and I admire that she is alive, that she has chosen to make it. It would have been easy to give up and to give in." But Reynolds is saddened by the fact her daughter will never be naturally happy: "I want happiness for my daughter and I can't have that."

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Fisher also discussed her late father, singer Eddie Fisher, insisting "he never did anything for any of his children." Eddie Fisher famously left his wife Reynolds for Elizabeth Taylor when Carrie was just a baby.

The actress admitted, "I realized he's not a parent. If I wanted a relationship with him, he needed to be taken care of. I could have a relationship with my dad if I didn't wait for him to be my dad."