(AP) Humorist Art Buchwald is being honored for talking openly about depression.
Buchwald, 78, will be feted Jan. 12 by the National Association for Research on Depression and Schizophrenia at a gala in Sarasota, Fla.
“I could fight it, but then I became suicidal. I just couldn’t handle it anymore,” said Buchwald, who writes a column for The Washington Post. “It was so bad that I planned to check into the Plaza Hotel [in New York] and jump from the 16th floor.”
Buchwald revealed his depression on CNN’s “Larry King Live” nearly eight years ago. At the time, he said he had two “bad periods” that required hospitalization, in 1963 and in 1987.
“I wouldn’t wish them on anybody, but I got better which is my biggest message for the people out there,” Buchwald told King. “You get better.”
Buchwald was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 1982. For many years, he was a columnist for the International Herald Tribune in Paris. He has published more than 30 books, including his memoirs “I’ll Always Have Paris” and “Leaving Home.”