Kristen Bell Opens Up About Anxiety and Depression: "I Have No Shame in That"

"I present this very cheery, bubbly person, but I also do a lot of introspective work."

Kristen Bell has had an open dialogue with her mom about her family's history of anxiety and depression since she was a teenager.

"My mom sat me down when I was probably 18 and she said there is a serotonin imbalance in our family line, and it can often be passed from female to female," the actress told interviewer Sam Jones during a sit down for Off Camera.

In fact, Bell says her grandmother was one of the first people on whom they performed electroshock therapy, a procedure done with electric currents that is used to treat various mental illnesses. Bell says her mom was also affected by anxiety and depression and, as a nurse, was quick to spot the symptoms in herself and encouraged her daughter to seek help if she needed it.

"I present this very cheery, bubbly person, but I also do a lot of work. I do a lot of introspective work and I check in with myself when I need to exercise and I got on a prescription when I was very young to deal with my anxiety and depression and I still take it today," she says. "I have no shame in that."

Bell also talked about trying to fit in as a kid and how she still struggles with self-doubt.

"I shatter a little bit when I think people don't like me," she says. "It really hurts my feelings when I'm not liked. And I know thats not very healthy and I fight it all the time."

But she believes it's important to be open about mental health issues.

"You would never deny a diabetic his insulin ever but for some reason when someone needs a serotonin inhibitor, they're immediately crazy or something. It's a very interesting double standard."

Watch the whole interview here:

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