TV star Nicholas Brendon — best known for his role as “Xander Harris” on the TV show Buffy the Vampire Slayer and most recently for his role as “Kevin Lynch” on the TV show Criminal Minds — admits he has been battling depression and alcohol abuse. “Dual diagnosis means that I’m * crazy, and I’m a * drunk,” he says. “Depression is a real thing; and I was ashamed of it a little bit, too.”
Nicholas says he began drinking, socially, at the age of 26, and it soon became a way for him to cope with anxiety. “I knew by the end of Buffy that things were a little out of control for me,” he says, adding that he was sad to see the show come to an end. “I’m not really good at saying goodbye.” He says he later booked a show called Kitchen Confidential, which got canceled, and soon after, he felt like Hollywood wasn’t interested in him anymore. “I took it personally,” he says, adding that he drinks because he can’t handle his emotions. “There’s not really much work for somebody who gets arrested five times in an eight month period.”
In the video above, Nicholas explains the dangerous combination that he believes led to his string of arrests. Plus, see what happens when he meets with Dr. Phil face to face.