Destiny Child group member Michelle Williams is opening up about her battle with moderate depression. According to a Jan. 17 Huffington Post report, the singer once had difficulty just getting out of bed.
“I've dealt with depression,” the singer told the publication. “I had to choose to get out of bed and do whatever I needed to do to be happy.”
Williams says she suffered her first bout of depression at 15 or 16 and has managed to avoid medication. She hopes that speaking out about her battle will encourage others to seek help.
“We're taught, `Just go to church and pray about it. The Lord is going to heal you.' Well, in the meantime, I believe God-gifted people, physicians, doctors, therapists – that's your healing,” said Williams. “Take advantage of it. Go see a professional so that they can assess you. It's OK if you're going through something. Depression is not OK, but it is OK to go get help.”
Williams said she coped with her depression by using exercise, therapy, and positive thinking.
The singer together, with Beyonce and Kelly Rowland joined forces in the studio to record a new song, Nuclear, which will debut on their Love Songs album due out on Jan. 29. “Stacking those harmonies on top (of) each other gave me goose bumps,” the Grammy winner said of Nuclear. “'We were like, We still sound good together. Duh! The bond will never die. We're always going to be close. We're always going to work together.”
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