Michelle Obama Reveals She’s ‘Dealing With Some Form of Low-Grade Depression’

by Hunter Miller

Michelle Obama is opening up about her mental health. The former First Lady explained on her podcast that she’s “dealing with some form of low-grade depression.”

During “The Michelle Obama Podcast” on Wednesday, the wife of Barack Obama spoke about how the quarantine affected her. “I’m waking up in the middle of the night because I’m worrying about something or there’s a heaviness,” Obama said. “I try to make sure I get a workout in, although there have been periods throughout this quarantine, where I just have felt too low.”

Obama then spoke on a couple of the issues that she feels continue to weigh her down mentally and emotionally. Firstly, she spoke about the death of George Floyd earlier this summer. She called it “exhausting” when “waking up to yet another story of a Black man or a Black person somehow being dehumanized, or hurt, or killed, or falsely accused of something.”

Secondly, Obama lists another source of her frustration as people who refuse to wear masks in public. “There’s almost like there’s a limit to our sacrifice and it was about a month and then we just got tired of the virus,” she said. “That’s been disheartening to see so many people who have grown tired of staying at home because the virus didn’t impact them.”

Despite the issues in the country, Obama voiced her optimism for the American spirit. “We’ve been through tough times in this nation” she said. “We are in a unique moment in history… We are living through something that no one in our lifetimes has lived through.”

Michelle Obama Reassures Her Instagram Followers


After discussing her mental health, a number of Obama’s fans, friends, and followers expressed their concern. Obama took to Instagram to reassure her 40.8 million followers.

“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,” she writes. “First things first—I’m doing just fine. There’s no reason to worry about me.”

Obama continued by writing: “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.”