Sisterhood Agenda

Being a Model Doesn’t Prevent Depression

As Cara Delevingne publicly discusses her battles with depression, it becomes clear that even successful models are not immune to this public health crisis that disproportionately affects women.  More than a fashion model, Cara is a brave role model for acknowledging this mental health disorder.  She gives the issue more social significance in a way that educates and informs and it looks like she is finding her way toward self-acceptance.

Many celebrity women suffer from depression, for example, Mary J. Blige and Lady Gaga.  It is estimated that depression affects approximately 20-26% women and 8-12% of men.  However, anxiety and depression are often under-diagnosed and misdiagnosed for women. 

Approximately 70 percent of the prescriptions for antidepressants are given to women.

In an essay she wrote for Motto, Cara was honest about her struggles:

“I felt like I needed validation from everyone,” she said.  “Over time, I came to realize that work and getting others’ approval isn’t the most important thing.”

You are not alone and there is no shame is being depressed because your mental health issue does not define you.  On the contrary, depression can be the spark for personal growth, helping us identify and fix what ails us in order to live a more purposeful existence.

Thankfully, with heightened self-awareness, sisterhood support and/or professional resources, women with depression can achieve balance and peace. When you are spiritually, mentally, and physically healthy, you are empowered.

“When you have balance in your life, work becomes an entirely different experience.” Cara Delevingne

Photo credit:  Anthony Harvey / Getty

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