Anthony Bourdain Talked Openly About His Mental Health Struggles in This 2016 Segment

Personal Health

Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain talked on-camera with a therapist about the struggles he faced with depression and how it related to his work on a 2016 episode of "Parts Unknown."

Bourdain committed suicide today at the age of 61.

“George Orwell once said something that really upset me, he said, ‘Human beings are essentially tubes into which we shove food,'” Bourdain said in the unearthed clip. “And this is my job, I travel around the world with these people and they turn on the cameras and, for a certain period of time, my job is to shove food in my face.”

Bourdain elaborated on his depressive tendencies by discussing feelings of isolation.

“I feel kind of like a freak and I feel very isolated,” he said. “I communicate for a living but I’m terrible at communicating with people I care about.”

Bourdain self-reports that his lifestyle contributed negatively to his psychological state by increasing his feelings of loneliness.

(If you or a loved one are struggling with thoughts of suicide or self-harm, please call the 24-hour National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or start a live chat now.)

Watch Bourdain's candid remarks below:

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