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Gillian Anderson Opens Up About Her Long Battle With Depression & Self-Esteem Issues

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Gillian Anderson opens up about her battle with depression.

Gillian Anderson is so bravely opening up about her long battle with depression.

The X-Files star revealed her struggle in her new book We: A Manifesto for Women Everywhere, and has decided to go further in a new interview with The Guardian.

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Touching on her own issues with self-esteem, the actress admitted:

"I have struggled with self-esteem myself, and in looking at the ways that I have dealt with overcoming those things, I started to think that maybe some of it might be potentially useful for other people of all ages."

Gillian has been in therapy since the age of 14, and while she didn't go into too much detail in her interview, she did explain how some of her mental health issues really affected her life:

"There were times when it was really bad. There have been times in my life where I haven't wanted to leave the house."

Now, the 48-year-old finds relief in meditation as she points to her body:

"The only thing that really matters in terms of our peace of mind is our peace of mind itself, and how we react to things. All I know is that when I meditate, one goes beyond the physical, and it is possible to tap into a sense of absolute contentment and joy in that place. So if that's where you're starting, then actually none of this means anything, really."

So right!

The Viceroy's House starlet also admits fears surrounding her difficulty remembering things, and how it might be connected to dyslexia:

"Somebody had said to me that dyslexia isn't just about seeing words backwards, it's also about the assimilation of information. I'd always been afraid to look into it, because I was afraid that if I found something out, I would think that I couldn't do anything that I wanted to do. I have this impression that I can do whatever I make up my mind to."

She's not letting it get the best of her though, as she doesn't struggle with remembering her lines:

"But of course that's terrifying for me, thinking, well, what if this problem that exists in the rest of my life shows up in that respect, too? Then I'd be buggered."

Fair enough!!

[Image via WENN.]

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