on friday’s today show ashley judd was on and she opened up about her past battles with depression.  this is a subject near and dear to my heart and i think there is not enough public discussion about it.

in her new movie which debuted at sundance but is going to DVD, HELEN, she plays a women struggling with depression.  during her interview with kathy lee and hoda she talked about having reservations playing this character because of her own battle with the disease.

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I really loved everything she had to say and wish more people were speaking out about this.  having battled with the disease for most of my adult life, i know the stigma that surrounds it and how detrimental it can be to one’s family and loved ones.  i love seeing prominent people speak out about their battles and hope to one day do the same thing.

at 1:50 hoda asks ashley about the common conception that depresses people are just unhappy.  i LOVE LOVE LOVE her response to this and hope that the stigma that depresses people can just snap out of their episode can be erased.  i also hope see her speak out and having more people give a name to the disease will help those struggling with it understand that it is just like any other disease and nothing to be ashamed of.


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