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Actor Nicholas Brendon’s dramatic Dr. Phil appearance

44-year-old actor Nicholas Brendon, best known for his role as Xander Harris on the hit late nineties/early 2000s show Buffy the Vampire Slayer, has been struggling in recent years with depression and alcoholism. His troubles have led to multiple arrests, and a “dual diagnosis,” which is when mental illness and addiction issues are present in an individual at the same time. He decided to open up about his journey with Dr. Phil, but ended up storming off within minutes of coming on stage.

VIDEO Oscar-winner Graham Moore gives amazing acceptance speech about suicide and “staying weird”

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The screenwriter shocked millions of viewers with an amazing acceptance speech in which he both acknowledged a past suicide attempt and encouraged any alienated viewers to “stay weird.” The native Chicagoan is no stranger to failure–he’s a Hollywood writer, after all–but has managed to persist, and carve out an enviable career in the process.