Everyone ignored it! Actress Gabourey Sidibe speaks out about her battle with mental illness

Everyone ignored it! Actress Gabourey Sidibe speaks out about her battle with mental illness

- YEN has just learned from Black Doctor that award-winning actress Gabourey Sidibe recently talked about her battle with depression and mental health issues

- The thirty-four-year-old opened up about her depression while speaking In an interview to promote her debut work as a writer 'This Is Just My Face: Try Not To Stare'

- Gaboury Sidibe also talked about issues such as her relationship with other celebrity figures, haters, fashion and her struggles with bulimia

Few on-screen debuts have been as powerful and awe-inspiring as Gabourey Sidibe's 2009 film debut in the movie Previous which was directed by superstar director Lee Daniels.

The thirty-four-year-old garnered an Academy Award nomination for Best actress and has played other roles in movies such as 'Tower Heist' and show time series 'The Big C'.

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The plus-sized actress who currently features on the musical drama series 'Empire' recently put out her first book which she titled 'This Is Just My Face: Try Not To Stare'.

The book is a combination of memoirs and biographical stories which details her experiences with celebrities, haters, fashion, her weight and struggling with bulimia.

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The book also touches on the much-maligned subject of mental health and the actress talked about the issue during an interview which was conducted as part of the Chicago Humanities Festival.

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Credit: Instagram.com/ affinitymediatv

She explained that she had suffered from depression and it's related issues since she was a child and that people around her chose to ignore it.

She was quoted as saying,

'I wrote about depression because it was a huge deal to me. I had actually been showing signs of depression since I was nine years old but everyone ignored it'.

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Credit: Flickr.com/ TDIFF

Gaboury Sidibe explained that among black people, identifying with mental health issues has always been difficult as they don't really entertain the idea of suffering from a sickness that they can't see.

Well, the talented actress eventually got the help she needed and has gotten past her depression problems.

Source: Yen.com.gh

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