Michelle Obama says she’s suffering from ‘low-grade depression.’ What does that mean?


Alia E. Dastagir, USA TODAY
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Former first lady Michelle Obama said on her podcast Tuesday she’s suffering from a “low-grade depression,” which she attributes to coronavirus quarantine, the mental health toll of racism and the “hypocrisy” of the Trump administration.

“These are not, they are not fulfilling times, spiritually,” she told journalist Michele Norris during The Michelle Obama Podcast. “I know that I am dealing with some form of low-grade depression. 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.”

One in three Americans are reporting symptoms of depression or anxiety, more than three times the rate from a survey conducted in the first half of 2019, a Census Bureau survey found.

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Former First Lady Michelle Obama has opened up about her mental health struggles - pictured here during 2020 BET Awards (Getty Images)
Former First Lady Michelle Obama has opened up about her mental health struggles – pictured here during 2020 BET Awards (Getty Images)


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