Actress Kristen Bell, one of the stars of Showtime’s “House of Lies,” is opening up about her experiences fighting depression. Bell discussed the condition in an essay on the website Motto, indicating that she wanted to “cast some light on a dark situation” and help fight the stigma of mental illness.
In the essay, she writes: “When you try to keep things hidden, they fester and ultimately end up revealing themselves in a far more destructive way than if you approach them with honesty. 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.”
Bell writes about going through a difficult time when she was attending 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,” she writes.
She adds: “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 realize that they are not worthless and that they do have something to offer. We all do.”