Michelle Obama Is ‘Doing Just Fine’ After Revealing ‘Low-Grade Depression’

After revealing on an August 5 podcast that she suffers from "some form of low-grade depression," Michelle Obama assures fans that she is “doing just fine.”

“I just wanted to check in with you all because a lot of you have been checking in on me after hearing this week’s podcast. First things first — I’m doing just fine. There’s no reason to worry about me,” she explained in a candid Instagram post published Thursday.

“Like I said in that conversation with @Michele__Norris, I’m thinking about the folks out there risking themselves for the rest of us—the doctors and nurses and essential workers of all kinds,” she continued. “I’m thinking about the teachers and students and parents who are just trying to figure out school for the fall. I’m thinking about the people out there protesting and organizing for a little more justice in our country.”

During a conversation with journalist Michelle Norris on “The Michelle Obama Podcast,” the former first lady opened up about her mental health during these recent troubling times.

"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,” she said.

The “Becoming” author also revealed that she has difficulty sleeping at night.

While noting that she has not been moving around as much during the day, she confessed, “And I'm waking up in the middle of the night, 'cause I'm worrying about something, or there's a heaviness."

To fight these negative feelings, the 56-year-old has learned to be easier with herself, and is also working out (when she can), going outside, and spending family time with her husband Barack and their two daughters, Sasha, 22, and Malia, 19.

"I've gone through those emotional highs and lows that I think everybody feels, where you just don't feel yourself," she said on her podcast. "And sometimes I've, there've been a week or so where I had to surrender to that, and not be so hard on myself. And say, you know what, you're just not feeling that treadmill right now."

In her IG note, Michelle gave thanks to the outpouring of support she has received following her confession.

“And to all of you who’ve reached out — thank you. I hope you’re also reaching out to all those you’re closest with, not just with a text, but maybe with a call or a videochat. Don’t be afraid to offer them a shoulder to lean on, or to ask for one yourself. Love you all,” she concluded.

Read her full post, below:

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I just wanted to check in with you all because a lot of you have been checking in on me after hearing this week’s podcast. First things first—I’m doing just fine. There’s no reason to worry about me. Like I said in that conversation with @Michele__Norris, I’m thinking about the folks out there risking themselves for the rest of us—the doctors and nurses and essential workers of all kinds. I’m thinking about the teachers and students and parents who are just trying to figure out school for the fall. I’m thinking about the people out there protesting and organizing for a little more justice in our country. The idea that what this country is going through shouldn’t have any effect on us—that we all should just feel OK all the time—that just doesn’t feel real to me. So I hope you all are allowing yourselves to feel whatever it is you’re feeling. I hope you’re listening to yourselves and taking a moment to reflect on everything that’s coming at us, and what you might be able to do about it. And to all of you who’ve reached out—thank you. I hope you’re also reaching out to all those you’re closest with, not just with a text, but maybe with a call or a videochat. Don’t be afraid to offer them a shoulder to lean on, or to ask for one yourself. Love you all. 📸: Adam Garber @garbr

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