She may come across as cheery and bubbly, but Kristen Bell has revealed she struggles with anxiety and depression.

Talking to The Off Camera Show, the 35-year-old it’s a battle she’s fought since she was young.

 “My mum sat me down when I was probably 18 and she said there is a serotonin imbalance in our family line and it can often be passed from female to female,” she said.

“My grandmother was one of the first people they tested electroshock therapy on.

“She was nuts. She would lock herself in her bedroom and drink for two days and they would slide food under the door.”

The Veronica Mars star said she is constantly working on herself and finds it important to do “a lot of introspective work”.


She also has no problem admitting she takes medication to help.

 “I got on a prescription when I was really young to help with my anxiety and depression and I still take it today and I have no shame in that,” she said.

However, while she personally feels no shame she says it’s a topic that many other’s feel embarrassed about.

“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,” she said.

“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.”


h/t The Independent