On Tuesday, Kristen Bell once again opened up about her dark time in college when she battle depression and talked about how she learned to cope with the mental disorder. Fierce.
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In a powerful note for Motto, the Frozen star penned:
"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."
Wow. Luckily, Miz Bell's mom encouraged her to seek help and acknowledged that there was no shame in going to therapy.
Then, why didn't Kristen really talk about her mental health issues until recently? The A-lister noted:
"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."
Intense stuff. In case you forgot, the Veronica Mars alum first discussed the topic earlier this month when she revealed she's crippled by the thought of people not liking her.
Nonetheless, it appears the mother of two is hoping that her candor will help eliminate the stigma associated with depression and anxiety. She concluded:
"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."
We couldn't be prouder of Kristen for opening up. Well done.
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