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Singer Michelle Williams, one-third of Destiny’s Child, has always been vocal about her own struggle with depression and she recently opened up about taking her own advice and getting the help she needs.

Earlier this summer, the 37-year-old took to Instagram to let fans that she planned to check into a mental health facility in order to treat depression.

Depression is a common but serious mood disorder. It causes severe symptoms that affect how you feel, think, and handle daily activities, such as sleeping, eating, or working. To be diagnosed with depression, the symptoms must be present for at least two weeks.

Signs & Symptoms of Depression

  • Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” mood
  • Feelings of hopelessness, or pessimism
  • Irritability
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities
  • Decreased energy or fatigue
  • Moving or talking more slowly
  • Feeling restless or having trouble sitting still
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions
  • Difficulty sleeping, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping
  • Appetite and/or weight changes
  • Thoughts of death or suicide, or suicide attempts
  • Aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems without a clear physical cause and/or that do not ease even with treatment

People who struggle with depression may have been experiencing some of the signs and symptoms most of the day, nearly every day, for at least two weeks.

Williams says she has struggled with depression since she was a teenager. While her career soared, her sadness continued and it wasn’t until she was in her 30s that she finally understood what was going on and then sought help.

Williams reports that she is doing much better now and has drawn support from thousands of fans and other celebs on Instagram, including Beyoncé’s mother, Tina Knowles Lawson.

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