After talking candidly about her struggles with depression in an interview earlier this year, actress Kristen Bell continues to open up and share her experience—this time in a personal essay on the website Motto. We got goose bumps reading the way Bell describes depression. It’s just so accurate. Check it out for yourself:
Here’s the thing: 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.
Now that you’ve gotten that teaser, it’s worth checking out the full essay by clicking below.