kirsten dunst experience with depression rehab medication can help you

Kirsten Dunst Opens Up About Her Experience With Depression & Rehab, Insists Medication 'Can Really Help You Come Out Of Something'

Nov. 9 2021, Published 11:34 a.m. ET

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Kirsten Dunst is opening up about her mental health woes even though it can be a "hard" subject to discuss publicly.

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Speaking with The Sunday Times, the actress, 39, gave a few details on the rough patch she experienced a decade ago, explaining that initially, she didn't recognize her symptoms of depression.

"I feel like most people around 27, the s**t hits the fan. Whatever is working in your brain, you can't live like that any more mentally," she noted. "I feel like I was angry. You don't know that you are repressing all this anger, it wasn't a conscious thing."

During that time, the Fargo alum often went out partying to try and shield herself from her feelings, but eventually, she checked herself into a rehab center in Utah.

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"It's hard to talk about such a personal thing, but it is important to share too. All I'll say is that medication is a great thing and can really help you come out of something," the Golden Globe nominee insisted. "I was afraid to take something and so I sat in it for too long. I would recommend getting help when you need it."

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Seeking treatment helped her become "a different person," but it wasn't until she and Jesse Plemons welcomed son Ennis, now 3, that she felt a real shift.

"I remember feeling really free after having my [first] son," she explained. "I think as a performer, you put yourself out there more [after having a child]. You put yourself on the line because you have nothing to lose. It doesn't really matter. And to show everything of yourself is a brave thing and a beautiful thing."

Five months ago, Dunst welcomed their second son, James, and as much as she loves being a stay-at-home mom, she confessed that doing so can take a real toll on you mentally and physically.

"I’m just tired all the time," she told PEOPLE of how her life has changed since becoming a parent. "It’s so much easier to go back to work than it is to be a stay-at-home mom. I was like, ‘bye’ to my mother-in-law! I was like, [phew!]"

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