Taraji P. Henson Opens Up About Her Battle With Depression And Anxiety3 weeks ago by Amber Le in Movie News
Taraji P. Henson is bringing awareness to mental heath as she reveals her own battle with depression and anxiety. The Oscar-nominated actress has been working to put an end to the stereotype surrounding mental health since last year when she opened up the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation in honor of her late father.
During an interview with Variety, she opens up about her own personal experience.
“I suffer from depression. My anxiety is kicking up even more everyday, and I’ve never eally dealt with anxiety like that. It’s something new.”
She continued on to emphasize the importance of seeking professional help if needed.
“You can talk to your friends, but you need a professional who can give you exercises. So that when you’re on the ledge, you have things to say to yourself that will get you off that ledge and past your weakest moments. It’s a professional – someone who studies the human mind, and someone who has no stakes involved. Their job is to make sure you’re mentally sound, whatever that is, and telling you the truth, which might hurt. Sometimes your friends don’t want to hurt your feelings. If I’m going to change for the better, I need honesty, and sometimes your friends and family don’t have it in them to be brutally honest.”
Although she’s been consistent with her therapy sessions, she also admits that sometimes it could get frustrating.
“Going and talking to all these different therapists, that’s a craft. You’ve got to keep going until you find the right one. It’s like a relationship. I’ve got to feel comfortable because that’s the only way I’m going to keep coming back to you. To keep dealing with this ugly stuff, I have to feel totally safe, I need to feel like even though I know we don’t have all day, you’ve got to make me feel like we have all day.”