Kristen Bell has opened up about her struggle with anxiety and depression in a refreshingly honest interview that has garnered praise worldwide.
Speaking about her mental health, the 35 year-old actress told Off Camera with Sam Jones:
“I’m extremely co-dependent. I shatter a little bit when I think people don’t like me. 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’m not liked. And I know that’s not very healthy and I fight it all the time.”
Bell talked also discussed about her lifelong struggle with anxiety and how she changed her identity many times simply to try and fit in.
“I changed who I was often. I changed my interests based on what my friends liked, and I didn’t really realize until I was in my 30s that I had sort of changed for everybody.”
Bell revealed that she first noticed her anxiety and depression when she was a young girl, adding that “having a mother so open about the condition was a blessing.”
“My mom’s a nurse and she had the wherewithal to recognize that in herself when she was feeling it, and when I was 18 said, “If you start to feel like you are twisting things around you, and you feel like there is no sunlight around you and you are paralyzed with fear, this is what it is.”
Bell credits her mother with having kept her from feeling shame about her problem. She also used the interview to encourage others suffering with depression or anxiety to seek necessary help.
“I have no shame in that because my mom had said to me, ‘If you start to feel this way, talk to your doctor, talk to a psychologist, see how you want to help yourself'”
Watch her interview below: