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Michelle Obama: “Donald Trump has given me depression”.
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The Times London
Michelle Obama says she’s suffering depression due to Covid, racism
and Donald Trump
Michelle Obama has said that she has “low-grade depression” because of the pandemic, racial injustice and the “hypocrisy” of the Trump administration.
The former first lady, who is 56, said that she had been managing “emotional highs and lows”.
“I know that I am dealing with some form of low-grade depression,” she said on her new podcast. “Not just because of the quarantine but because of the racial strife, and just seeing this administration, watching the hypocrisy of it, day in day out, is dispiriting.”
Mrs Obama said that she had been waking in the night “because I’m worrying about something, or there’s a heaviness”. Being “out of body and out of mind” had affected her motivation to exercise, she added. “I’ve gone through those emotional highs and lows that I think everybody feels, where you just don’t feel yourself, and sometimes … there has been a week or so where I had to surrender to that, and not be so hard on myself.
One of the many frustrating things to watch in this pandemic is the people who are not willing to make the sacrifice even of wearing a mask or staying at home, because they don’t see the virus or it didn’t impact them.”
In May the death of George Floyd, a black man, in police custody in Minneapolis prompted a national debate about race. Mrs Obama said: “Waking up to yet another story of a black man or a black person somehow being dehumanised, or killed, or falsely accused of something, it is exhausting. And it has led to a weight that I haven’t felt in my life in a while.”