Kristen Bell addresses her mental health, 'the shame that prevents' people from opening up

USA Today Entertainment 2 months ago

Kristen Bell is opening up about her mental health years after revealing she comes from a line of women with "serotonin imbalance," which she says makes her prone to anxiety and depression.

In a cover story interview with Women's Health, the actress, 39, talked about whether she hesitated to come forward publicity about the condition she has struggled with from a young age.

“Yes, for the first 10 minutes,” she told the magazine. “I realized that this is the shame that prevents people from talking about it. I immediately felt irresponsible, because I do care about depression not being taboo, yet I present this bubbly, outgoing girl who seemingly gets through life with a smile on her face, and I’d never discussed that some days, I don’t.”

During the interview, she also opened up about her diet and medication, which includes a daily antidepressant (to help with "waves of serotonin imbalance," she says), a daily dose of CBD oil and adaptogens, a form of herbal medicine. 

As for her diet, the vegetarian says she normally eats egg whites, spinach, tomato and extra feta for breakfast from craft services on set. For lunch, a “garbage disposal salad," which includes lettuce, avocados, raisins, carrots, blue cheese and cucumbers right after a pea or hemp milk protein shake. Dinner is usually something like Banza chickpea pasta with cherry tomatoes and olive oil, according to the article.

“I’m not super restrictive," Bell says of her diet. "If they make au gratin potatoes, I’m going to have some, but I am mindful of the portion I take... I find that through conscious eating, I’m able to have all the rewards and also maintain a healthy, steady diet."

This isn't the first time Bell has opened up about her mental health. In 2018, she spoke with the "Today" show's Meredith Sinclair about coming forward with her story.

"I want people to hear it's not a big deal and that you can be happy and healthy and no one can make you feel inferior without your consent," she said.


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