Former first lady Michelle Obama shared a personal revelation in the latest episode of her new podcast that likely stunned many of her listeners.
She confirmed that she has been suffering from a “low-grade depression” throughout the past several months, insisting that President Donald Trump has been partially to blame, as reported by The New York Times.
“You just don’t feel yourself”
Although Obama appears to have led an enviable life since leaving the White House in 2017, the current crises facing our nation were enough to negatively affect her mood, she said.
“There have been periods throughout this quarantine where I just have felt too low,” she said. “You know, I’ve gone through those emotional highs and lows that I think everybody feels, where you just don’t feel yourself.”
While the social distancing and lockdowns associated with the coronavirus pandemic have taken their tolls, she said her current emotional state was not strictly influenced by the ongoing public health crisis.
“I know that I am dealing with some form of low-grade depression,” she said. “Not just because of the quarantine, but because of the racial strife, and just seeing this administration, watching the hypocrisy of it, day in and day out, is dispiriting.”
She said her self-diagnosis was based on several factors, including interrupted sleep cycles and a decreased desire to keep up her healthy lifestyle.
“Just not feeling that treadmill”
“I’m waking up in the middle of the night, ’cause I’m worrying about something or there’s a heaviness,” she said, as reported by The Hill.
Obama went on to say that she tries to “get a workout in” each day, but acknowledged she has not had the motivation to keep it up consistently.
“Sometimes there’s been a week or so where I had to surrender to that and not be so hard on myself,” she said. “And say, ‘You know what? You’re just not feeling that treadmill right now.'”
In a subsequent Instagram message, however, she reassured concerned listeners that she “doing just fine” and there is “no reason to worry” about her.
While blaming Trump might be a convenient way for some people to explain feelings of depression, there are plenty of troubling issues facing our nation — and plenty of other Americans believe the current administration is actually part of the solution.