Kristen Bell confesses about her struggle with depression and anxiety
Mental health problems have always been surrounded by stigma and people who face these issues and go through treatments for the same are looked down upon. This kind of a situation makes it very difficult for the patient to cope with his/her problems as many of them don’t even come up to confess that they are suffering from any of the mental health issues. But, this needs to change, as a person can be totally healthy only if he is fit, physically as well as mentally.
Hollywood star Kristen Bell has come up in the open to talk about how she has been living with depression and anxiety. You need to know what all she has to say about living with this condition, so that we as a society can accept that people with mental health issues are not crazy, as they are perceived to be, they should have all the rights to be treated with utmost respect.
1 Kristen Bell and her confessions
First of all, I would like to confess that I was actually kind of shocked to know that someone as chirpy and bubbly as Kristen Bell has been suffering from depression since her teenage days. And now that she has come out in the open to say it all, I only respect and love her more. She had appeared in an episode of “Off Camera With Sam Jones”, and in that interview she surprised the world by saying that she has been taking medicines to deal with depression and anxiety.
The 35-year-old actress admitted very amazingly that her “bubbly” side of the personality actually stems from her desperation to be liked by people. She said that she is an extremely co-dependent person and also confessed that she shatters a bit when people don’t like her. And it has been because of this need to be liked that she leads a life where she is kind-hearted and bubbly all the time. She agrees that all this is not healthy and that she has always tried to fight with these feelings.
2 The role of her mother
A mother of two daughters, Kristen said that her mother once sat her down when she was eighteen and talked to her about the serotonin imbalance which runs in her family. As her mother was a nurse, she knew that Kristen could face this up because she and her mother; Kristen’s grandmother were facing these issues. Kristen says that she has been taking medicines to deal with the problems she faces. She says that her mother had said, “If you start to feel this way, talk to your doctor, talk to a psychologist, see how you can help yourself.”
3 Talking about the double standards
The Frozen star also recalls that her mother said that if she decides on taking the treatment and prescriptions, then she would have to even understand that the world would like to shame her. But the actor very rightly and proudly says that she has no shame in doing so. And really, why should she be shameful for handling her issues?
Kristen even opened up about the double standards the whole world seems to have, when it comes to mental health. She made a valid point when she said, “You would never deny a diabetic his insulin, but for some reason when someone needs a serotonin inhibitor, they’re immediately ‘crazy’ or something. It’s a very interesting double standard that I don’t often have the ability to talk about, but I certainly feel no shame about.”
4 Hopes for change
Kristen is joining those stars who have off late tried to break down the stigma attached to mental health issues. And we are certainly all praises for this actress who we love to see smile every time she comes on-screen and even off-screen for that matter. Celebrities such as Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga and Sarah Silverman have also confessed to have been living with depression. Demi Lovato has openly talked about how she lives with bipolar disorder. It feels great to see that people whose voices can be heard come out in the open to bust stereotypes and break the shackles of stigma surrounding issues of importance. Such confessions give power to people who are struggling with these issues and give them hope that things will change for them. More power to such celebrities and all the people who deal with mental health issues on a daily basis!