Nicholas Brendon Of ‘Buffy The Vampire Slayer’ Asks For Depression Help From Dr. Drew

Nicholas Brendon, whom audiences remember from the cult classic Buffy the Vampire Slayer, has gone public with his battle against depression. The actor tweeted out a request for Dr. Drew Pinsky, the once-host of Celebrity Rehab, to give him a “pep” talk. Brendon sent out additional tweets over the Independence Day weekend, urging people to keep up the discussion about depression.

According to a June 1 Hollywood Reporter article, Brendon entered a facility to receive treatment for depression, alcoholism and substance abuse. He had previously entered rehab in 2004 and 2010. Brendon also had legal troubles, having been arrested three times for property damage and criminal mischief charges within the previous year.

After his arrest in February, a representative tried to shed light on Brendon’s circumstances, as the Daily Mail reported.

“Nicholas is, unfortunately, battling a disease that many of us don’t understand. We are working with him to improve upon the situation at hand and look toward the future.

He’s sorry for his actions and takes what happened last night very seriously. We will take great care to ensure his safety in the future.”

On June 26, a staff member posted an update on Brendon to his official Facebook page.

“His 30 day treatment is almost up, and Nick is accepting sobriety as one of the most amazing gifts in his life. He is looking forward to all of the positives that come with it and working hard to stay healthy as he returns to a happier life.”

Buffy the Vampire Slayer aired from 1997 to 2003. After the show ended, Nicholas Brendon went on to have roles in television programs such as Private Practice and Criminal Minds. He was also a regular at conventions, where he would meet Buffy fans. When Brendon entered treatment on June 1, the official statement said he was not expected to be at any events during June or July.

Brendon separated from his second wife, Moonda Tee, in February. He was previously married to actress Tressa DiFiglia from 2001 to 2006.

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