In fact, the star’s therapist suggested he mourns the show
Jon Hamm admitted that seeing Mad Men come to an end was a traumatic experience for him. He even treated the gig like a death, prompting his therapist to suggest he mourns the popular TV show.
He told The Times magazine: “It’s like mourning. You go through all the stages of grief. There’s denial and anger and then finally acceptance – you have to go through the whole process.
If you try to do stiff-upper-lip through the whole thing, it will come back and bite you eventually. My therapist said, ‘You should treat this like a death and mourn it.” I found that very helpful.’”
And Jon is no stranger to therapists, as he has been seeing a professional since his father passed away 25 years ago.
He shared: “I love my therapist. After I’d lost my dad, I had this horrible paralyzjng inertia – and no one in my family was capable of dealing with it. So what do you do? See a professional. “
The star encourages others to seek professional help if necessary because some prefer to hide the pain or simply deal with it alone.
He continued: “Go and see someone who’s studied this stuff. You don’t skip on going to a dentist or get your cousin to try to fix your teeth. So I preach it from the mountaintops. I know it’s a luxury and it’s not something everyone can afford. But if you can, do it. It’s like a mental gym.”
The 45-year-old actor had also gone to rehab for alcoholism after Mad Men ended but insists these sessions can help a wide range of problems.
“It has all these connotations, but it’s just an extended period of talking about yourself. People go for all sorts of reasons, not all of which are chemically related. But there’s something to be said for pulling yourself out of the grind for a period of time and concentrating on recalibrating the system. And it works. It’s great.”