Today I learned that I have something else in common with Bell. She also suffers from anxiety, and, in an interview with The Off Camera Show, she came forward to talk about this. Hearing her talk about her struggles, it was as if she was inside my head.
"I struggled a lot with anxiety and depression. ... I have no shame in that," she told host Sam Jones. "I genuinely feel like I'm going to cry over everything and that I'm going to explode."
Bell, who describes herself as "emphatic to a fault," said that one of the things she gets most anxious about is rejection (I completely know how you feel, Kristen).
"I shatter a little bit when I think people don't like me. That's part of why I lead with kindness and compensate by being very bubbly all the time. It really hurts my feelings when I'm not liked," she said.
(image)Bell told Jones during the interview that she has taken medication since her late teens.
"In the medical community, you would never deny a diabetic his insulin ever. But, for some reason, when someone needs a serotonin inhibitor, they're immediately 'crazy.' It's a very interesting double standard," she said.
If possible, Kristen Bell's bravery in talking about her struggles with depression and anxiety made me like her even more. She shows that, even with people who seem happy all the time, you never know what they are dealing with underneath the surface. It's people like Bell who, little by little, help to shatter the stigma surrounding mental illness.