WATCH: Kristen Bell Opens Up About Her Depression and Anxiety
Kristen Bell has nothing to hide and she’s certainly not ashamed.
The actress sat down with photographer Sam Jones for a candid interview in his series, Off Camera, and described her long-standing battle fighting with depression — a condition that’s run through her family line.
“I shatter a little bit when I think people don’t like me,” said Bell. “That’s part of why I lead with kindness and I compensate by being very bubbly all the time because it really hurts my feelings when I know I’m not liked. And I know that’s not very healthy and I fight it all the time.”
She recognizes now in her thirties that she would often change her likes and interests to assimilate with those around her when she was a popular girl in high school; an early sign of her co-dependence. Her mother approached her when she was 18 years old to advise her to seek medical help if she felt any signs of depression given that a serotonin imbalance ran in her family and could be passed down from her grandmother, who had her own struggle with binge drinking. Now, she advocates the same message to other young women like her.
“If you do decide to go on a prescription to help yourself, understand that the world wants to shame you for that, but in the medical community, you would never deny a diabetic his insulin. Ever,” says Bell. “But for some reason, when someone needs a serotonin inhibitor, they’re immediately crazy or something.”
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