Kristen Bell, also known as Princess Anna or Veronica Mars, is like a beaming ray of sunshine in every role she plays, but she has been affected by mental illness. Bell opened up about her struggles with depression and anxiety to encourage others to seek help and not feel ashamed.
“I’m extremely co-dependent,” Bell told Off Camera's Sam Jones, “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 touched on the genetic components of mental illness, explaining that her mother sat her down at the age of 18 to discuss the history of depression in her family. "There's a serotonin imbalance in our family line, and it can often be passed from female to female," Bell's mother told her.
Her mother also taught her how to look out for the warning signs of depression at a young age: “[She] 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 and here's how you can help yourself."
Bell revealed that she takes medication for depression and anxiety, and won't let society let her feel ashamed. "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 or something," said Bell. "It’s a very interesting double standard that I don’t often have the ability to talk about but I certainly feel no shame about.”