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Kristen Bell Opens Up About Struggle With Anxiety and Depression: ‘The World Wants to Shame You’

Kristen Bell’s life isn’t all rainbows and sunshine. The Frozen actress, 35, opened up in a candid new interview with Off Camera about her struggle with anxiety and depression.

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“I’m extremely codependent,” the Bad Moms star explained. “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 know I’m not liked. And I know that’s not very healthy, and I fight it all the time.”

Bell, who is married to funnyman Dax Shepard and is the mom of daughters Lincoln and Delta, went on to say that she was diagnosed with anxiety and depression at a young age, and that it’s something that her mother and grandmother also suffered from. 

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“I struggled a lot with anxiety and depression. … There is a serotonin imbalance in our family line,” Bell explained, adding that her grandmother would go “nuts” at times.

“[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 recalled of her mom’s advice.

“I got on a prescription when I was really young and I still take it today and 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,'” she continued.

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“You want to be able to cope with it … I present this cheery bubbly persona … but I check in with myself,” she concluded, adding that no one should feel embarrassed for seeking help. “If you do decide to go on a prescription to help yourself, understand that the world wants to shame you for that, but in the medical community, you would never deny a diabetic his insulin.”

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