Michelle Obama says she has 'low-grade depression'


FORMER US First Lady Michelle Obama has said that racial injustice, the COVID-19 pandemic and the ‘hypocrisy’ of President Trump’s administration have led to her suffering from “low-grade depression”.

Obama was speaking during the latest episode of her eponymous podcast, which aired yesterday (August 5) in which she was interviewing US journalist Michele Norris.


Speaking about changes she was experiencing as a result of the pandemic she said: “These are not, they are not fulfilling times, spiritually. I know that I am dealing with some form of low-grade depression.

“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 also said it is “exhausting” to be “waking up to yet another story of a black man or a black person somehow being dehumanised, or hurt, or killed, or falsely accused of something. And it has led to a weight that I haven’t felt in my life, in a while.”

The former First Lady also revealed she has had difficulties with her exercise routine and sleep.


“I’m waking up in the middle of the night because I’m worrying about something or there’s a heaviness” she said.

However she said that managing “emotional highs and lows” required “knowing yourself” and “the things that do bring you joy”.

Obama added that, despite the challenges, the pandemic is also an opportunity to “decide how you want to show up in the new world. Because it will be a new world.”