Many people suffer from depression and anxiety, but have a difficult time discussing it with other people.
But late actress Carrie Fisher made being candid about mental health a lot easier. On the big screen. Fisher embodied bold and confident female characters. For young girls who weren’t used to seeing women taking starring roles in sci-fi or fantasy epics, Fisher’s presence was so incredibly refreshing. She also stared down the dark side in real life without fear and a healthy dose of humor.
Depression can trick you into thinking you deserve to be miserable. But the way that Carrie spoke about her own struggles with bipolar disorder were so candid and empowering, prompting many depression sufferers to feel better.
Another danger of mental illness is how isolating it can be. You might feel like no one else can understand you or relate to you. But Fisher’s interviews and essays made it clear that she didn’t really care if she had haters or what they had to say. It’s rare to see successful women admit that they suffer from internal conflicts. But she was a living example that you can go through struggles and mental turmoil and still be confident and accomplished. She definitely helped people learn that they can accept themselves — mental illness and all.