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Jan 31, 2017

Paris Jackson Opens Up About Struggling With Depression; Hayden Panettiere on Postpartum Depression; British Soap Star Denise Welch Celebrates Sobriety, Fights Stigma of Mental Illness


Paris Jackson, the 18-year-old daughter of Michael Jackson recently opened up to Rolling Stone about her struggles with depression, anxiety, and drug abuse. “It was just self-hatred, low self-esteem, thinking that I couldn't do anything right, not thinking I was worthy of living anymore," she said. "I was crazy. I was actually crazy. I was going through a lot of, like, teen angst. And I was also dealing with my depression and my anxiety without any help.” After attending a therapeutic school in Utah, Paris is now sober and happier than ever. Read more here.

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27-year-old Nashville actress Hayden Panettiere recently appeared on Good Morning America and candidly discussed her struggles with postpartum depression. “It takes you a while. You feel off. You don’t feel like yourself. But, you know, women are so resilient, and that’s the incredible thing about them. I think I’m all the stronger for it. I think I’m a better mom because of it. Because you never take that connection for granted,” she said. The Heroes alum continued: "It helped me identify and let women know that it's OK to ask for help, and that it's OK to have a moment of weakness — it doesn't make you a bad mother." More…

58-year-old British soap actress Denise Welch recently reflected on five years of sobriety, self-medicating with alcohol, and her bouts of depression. “Every single part of my life is better as a result of being sober. That has helped enormously to give me clarity. Giving up alcohol doesn’t cure depression, but it stops you compounding it,” she said. Welch now fights the stigma around mental health, and wishes more people would reach out to friends and loved ones struggling with mental health—the same way they would for those struggling with physical health issues. Welch credits her incredible friends and family for helping her get through the difficult times. More…

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