On Tuesday, Kristen Bell opened up to Motto about battling depression and coping with mental illness, and honestly, she talks very openly and specifically about it and in a vulnerable way that you don’t read about often. Props.
“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.”
Luckily, Kristen’s mom encouraged her to go to therapy and that there’s no shame in that. But she didn’t get up the courage to talk about things until she got more perspective. She said:
“I didn’t speak publicly about my struggles with mental health for the first 15 years of my career. But now I’m at a point where I don’t believe anything should be taboo… Here’s the thing: For me, depression is not sadness. It’s not having a bad day and needing a hug. It gave me a complete and utter sense of isolation and loneliness. Its debilitation was all-consuming, and it shut down my mental circuit board. I felt worthless, like I had nothing to offer, like I was a failure. Now, after seeking help, I can see that those thoughts, of course, couldn’t have been more wrong.”
The Veronica Mars alum first discussed the topic earlier this month when she revealed she’s been crippled by the thought of not being liked. But, she’s hoping to end the stigma about depression by opening up.
“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. It’s a knee-jerk reaction to judge people when they’re vulnerable. But there’s nothing weak about struggling with mental illness. You’re just having a harder time living in your brain than other people. And I don’t want you to feel alone.”
Proud of you, girl!