'Marcia Brady' Thanks Prozac for Her Life

Actress fought misery, addiction for years before drug saved her
By Laurel Jorgensen,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 2, 2008 7:42 PM CST
In this April 14, 2008 file photo, actress Maureen McCormick poses in the press room at the 2008 CMT Awards in Nashville, Tenn.    (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
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(Newser) – Maureen McCormick fought drug addiction and depression for years after The Brady Bunch until antidepressants helped her “feel like a normal person for the first time in my life,” she writes in Newsweek. She struggled with private fears even when shooting the show and hit bottom in a cocaine-induced blitz years later. Finally her agent ripped off her clothes and threw her in the shower. "Maureen, we're going to get you help," he said.

McCormick first tried cocaine at age 18, the year after The Brady Bunch wrapped, and was hooked for 5 years. She quit drugs through the support of her church, but felt “disconnected and depressed” until she overcame her distrust of Prozac by reading about it. “At the risk of sounding like one of those TV ads, I can honestly say that antidepressants changed my life,” she writes.