Former First Lady Michelle Obama Visited Obama on Tuesday The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and opened up about her struggles with low-grade depression. Obama first revealed her struggles in August, as she was in the midst of a pandemic and ongoing racial strife. She created coping mechanisms to deal with all the extra stress.
“For me it’s turning off the sound that’s disturbing, you know, that I can’t keep reading all the feeds that feed my anxiety and take a break from it,” Obama said. “I surround myself with things that make me feel good — family, friends, walks, exercise.”
This is not the first time Obama has struggled with depression. She admitted that she struggled to process some of the heartbreaking information she had to process during her eight years in the White House. She said, “There were just times when I couldn’t hear the bad news about the country I had to serve because I know the news isn’t a complete reflection of what the country is.”
Obama’s struggle has made him stronger. Now she hopes to pass her knowledge on to younger generations.
“When I talk about that with my kids, I try to encourage them to understand that the valleys are temporary and so are the peaks. They can be temporary. And they have to be prepared to handle the highs and lows,” said Michelle, adding: “Nobody rides life at a peak. And I think it’s important that young people know that.”
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. on CBS.
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