In a new essay, Kristen Bell is speaking out about her experience battling depression in the hopes that it will help end the stigma surrounding mental illness.
The actress reveals she first developed the disorder while attending New York University. "I felt plagued with a negative attitude and a sense that I was permanently in the shade," she writes. "I'm normally such a bubbly, positive person, and all of a sudden I stopped feeling like myself."
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The 35-year-old says that despite success in her professional life, "I felt worthless, like I had nothing to offer, like I was a failure."
Kristen and husband Dax Shepard. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Kristen credits her mom for giving her the courage to share her past pain. "I'm at a point where I don't believe anything should be taboo," she says. "It's important for me to be candid about this so people in a similar situation can realize that they are not worthless."
Now married to fellow actor Dax Shepard and the mother of two girls, the blonde beauty advocates that mental health check-ins should be as routine as dentist appointments.
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"There's nothing weak about struggling with mental illness," she writes. "Depression is a problem that actually has so many solutions. Let's work together to find those solutions for each other and cast some light on a dark situation."
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