The singer, who shot to fame alongside bandmates Beyoncé Knowles and Kelly Rowland, revealed she has battled moderate depression since she was a teenager. Michelle says therapy, exercise and positive thinking have helped to alleviate the condition in recent months.
‘I’ve dealt with depression,’ she explained during a break in rehearsals for a new touring production of Fela!. ‘I had to choose to get out of bed and do whatever I needed to do to be happy.’
The 32-year-old star remembers first feeling depressed when she around 15 or 16, but never took medication. Michelle has decided to speak out about her experiences in the hope that she inspires people in a similar situation to seek professional help.
‘We’re taught, ‘Just go to church and pray about it. The Lord is going to heal you.’ Well, in the meantime, I believe God-gifted people, physicians, doctors, therapists – that’s your healing. Take advantage of it. Go see a professional so that they can assess you,’ she urged. ‘It’s OK if you’re going through something. Depression is not OK, but it is OK to go get help.’ READ MORE
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