The 29-year-old singer-songwriter-guitarist won a best new artist Juno in 2008 plus two more, had two gold albums and recorded a duet with Melissa Etheridge.
But Ryder's career ascension only exacerbated her long battle with depression -- something that began at age 13 -- and eclipsed with a clinical depression that manifested itself with panic attacks on tour, coming home to lie in bed for weeks, and eventually suicidal thoughts.
"I had a like two year break," she says. "(Depression's) something that we don't talk about. And it's something that we've always been always told, 'Being happy's good, Being sad's bad.' And it's a really stigmatized thing. ... And it's not something that you can help sometimes. You don't see the light. You don't see that you're going to come back ... When I started to get better, the music helped me get back again."
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