Michelle Obama opens up about mental health struggles during Covid-19 pandemic

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Michelle Obama tackles the stigma around depression.

The former first lady Michelle Obama spoke candidly in an interview with People Magazine published Wednesday about her struggles with low-grade depression during the COVID-19 pandemic and the challenges of 2020, encouraging Americans to speak more openly about their mental health.

“Depression is understandable in these circumstances, during these times,” she said in an interview with People magazine. “To think that somehow that we can just continue to rise above all the shock and the trauma and the upheaval that we have been experiencing without feeling it in that way is just unrealistic.”

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“This is one of the reasons why we need to talk more about mental health because everybody deals with trauma, anxiety, the difficulties in different ways,” Michelle said in a video posted on the People’s website.

Last summer, Michelle revealed on her podcast that she was suffering from “low-grade depression” during the height of the pandemic, racial reckoning in the US, and political strife.

Former First Lady Michelle Obama reveals she has low-grade depression

For the issue’s cover article, Obama told People magazine that she “needed to acknowledge what I was going through, because a lot of times we feel like we have to cover that part of ourselves up, that we always have to rise above and look as if we’re not paddling hard underneath the water.”

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“We had the continued killing of Black men at the hands of police. Just seeing the video of George Floyd, experiencing that eight minutes. That’s a lot to take on, not to mention being in the middle of a quarantine,” she said.

Michelle also told People magazine that she has been vaccinated for Covid-19.

“I encourage everyone to get a vaccine as soon as they have an opportunity,” she said.

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