Destiny's Child songtress turned urban contemporary Gospel singer Michelle Williams told the Associated Press that she has delt with depression since she was a teenager.
Williams, 32, recounted first experiencing moderate depression as 15 or 16 year old. Since that time, the singer and sometimes actress said she has suffered from it for years, struggling to get out of bed each day and hoping and praying that God would heal her.
"We're taught, 'Just go to church and pray about it. The Lord is going to heal you,'" Williams told the AP.
Williams said she is now recovering from her depressed state thanks to exercise, therapy and positive thinking. She urged those experiencing a similar state not to shy away from counseling and medical help.
William shared, "I believe God-gifted people, physicians, doctors, therapists — that's your healing. Take advantage of it."
Depression is more than thinking sad thoughts. According to WebMD's online medical resource, it is a serious illness that causes subjects to feel prolonged sadness or guilt, become lethargic, eat less, struggle to concentration and even contemplate suicide.
Williams said she is going public to encourage others to seek help. "Depression is not OK, but it is OK to go get help," she told AP.
Williams has released two Christian albums since joining Beyonce Knowles and Kelly Rowland in the girl group, Destiny's Child in the early 2000s, Heart to Yours and Do You Know. Her first Christian album Heart to Yours made the Billboard Top 200 list and received Stellar and Dove Award nominations.
AP reports that Williams and the rest of the Destiny's Child gang will drop an album of love songs later this month. It is also rumored that Williams and Rowland will reunite with Knowles during the Feb. 3 Superbowl XLVII half time show.