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Kristen Bell Opens Up About Her Depression In This Heartwarming Essay

"We’re all on team human here, and let’s be honest – it’s not an easy team to be on."

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Kristen Bell has written a powerful article for Motto detailing her experiences with depression and therapy, and encouraging others struggling with their mental health to seek help.

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The Veronica Mars actress reveals that she became depressed while studying at NYU, and sought help following advice from her mum.

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She also expresses the importance of speaking out about mental illness, so that people with similar problems will feel less alone.

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. 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.

She writes about the stigma surrounding mental illness, pointing out that nearly 20% of American adults admit to struggling with their mental health.

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"We’re all on team human here, and let’s be honest – it’s not an easy team to be on," she writes. "It’s stressful and taxing and worrisome, but it’s also fulfilling and beautiful and bright."

Well said, Kristen. 💖
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Well said, Kristen. 💖

You can read the article in full here.