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Rachel Bloom is the co-creator and star of the always brilliant, always hilarious Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. What you may not know is that, like many people, Bloom suffers from anxiety and depression. She recently opened up about her mental health battle in an essay for Glamour.

Bloom says the anxiety and depression she dealt with as a child "came back in full force" while she and her Crazy Ex-Girlfriend co-creator, Aline Brosh McKenna were writing the show's pilot episode. Her character on the show, Rebecca, also suffers from depression. There's a scene in the pilot where she Googles, "How long can a person go without sleep?" Bloom says that scene was "inspired by me at my very worst."

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In the essay, Bloom details her most recent "spiral," which she says started with "one sleepless night" during the time where she and McKenna were pitching the show to networks. "In my head, this was my chance to 'make it,' which hinged on my performing in those meetings," she writes. "I didn't sleep for a second that night."

A few weeks after she had made it through all her pitch meetings, Bloom's then boyfriend, now husband, Dan Gregor proposed. Even though it was a joyful occasion, Bloom explains that it brought up some leftover relationship anxiety from when the two had dated long-distance and she had worried the relationship would fail. That combined with her sleep anxiety was not a good mix. Bloom says she fell into "the worst depression" of her life.

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That's when she sought the help of a psychiatrist. "In his office I finally felt safe," Bloom shared. "I told him everything. Each session improved my life. He diagnosed me with low-grade depression and put me on a small amount of Prozac."

Since then, Bloom has been coping with her depression through meditation and by being open and honest with her loved ones about how she's feeling.

She says she's in a good place now. "And when I'm tired, I just fall asleep."

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She rocks.

Sources: Glamour