Kristen Bell: I’m Over Staying Silent About Depression
She’s not only bloomin’ gorgeous but Kristen Bell has got A Class marks from the Hopeless Hannah crew for publically speaking about her mental health issues.
The Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Frozen actress has penned an essay about her struggles with depression and anxiety as a teenager.
Here’s what she said to Motto:
‘When I was in college… I felt plagued with a negative attitude and a sense that I was permanently in the shade. I’m normally such a bubbly, positive person, and all of a sudden I stopped feeling like myself. There was no logical reason for me to feel this way,’ .
‘I was at New York University, I was paying my bills on time, I had friends and ambition – but for some reason, there was something intangible dragging me down.
‘Here’s the thing: for me, depression is not sadness. It’s not having a bad day and needing a hug. Its debilitation was all-consuming, and it shut down my mental circuit board.’
‘It’s important for me to be candid about this so people in a similar situation can realise that they are not worthless and that they do have something to offer,’
‘There is such an extreme stigma about mental health issues, and I can’t make heads or tails of why it exists. Anxiety and depression are impervious to accolades or achievements. Anyone can be affected, despite their level of success or their place on the food chain. In fact, there is a good chance you know someone who is struggling with it since nearly 20% of American adults face some form of mental illness in their lifetime. So why aren’t we talking about it?’
‘Mental health check-ins should be as routine as going to the doctor or the dentist.’
You’re so right Kristen, with over 60% of all work illness relating to stress or mental illness, we need to start thinking of anxiety and depression in a similar way to a physical illness. It’s not embarrassing – it’s not a weakness.
Good for you! #GoGetEmGirl
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