Hugh Laurie realised he had severe clinical depression after seeing two cars collide and explode in front of him, which caused him to be neither excited nor frightened, but bored.
On 23 May 2007, Laurie received his award as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE), to which he was appointed in the 2007 New Year Honours for his services to drama. while appearing on Inside the Actors Studio in 2006, Laurie discussed his struggle with severe clinical depression. He continues to receive regular treatment from a psychotherapist. He told host James Lipton that he first concluded he had a problem whilst driving in a charity demolition derby, during which he realised that seeing two cars collide and explode in front of him caused him to be neither excited nor frightened, but bored. “Boredom,” he commented, “is not an appropriate response to exploding cars.