Michelle Obama on depression: 'I'm doing just fine'
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Former first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaVoter registration spiked in days immediately following Ruth Bader Ginsburg death Michelle Obama says even former first families can get on each other's nerves during quarantine Obamas are 'most admired' man and woman in world: poll MORE said Thursday that she is "doing just fine" after she said earlier this week that she was experiencing "low-grade depression."

“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. First things first—I’m doing just fine. There’s no reason to worry about me,” the former first lady wrote in an Instagram post.

“The idea that what this country is going through shouldn’t have any effect on us—that we all should just feel OK all the time—that just doesn’t feel real to me. So I hope you all are allowing yourselves to feel whatever it is you’re feeling,” she continued.

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“I hope you’re listening to yourselves and taking a moment to reflect on everything that’s coming at us, and what you might be able to do about it,” Obama wrote. “And to all of you who’ve reached out—thank you. I hope you’re also reaching out to all those you’re closest with, not just with a text, but maybe with a call or a videochat. Don’t be afraid to offer them a shoulder to lean on, or to ask for one yourself. Love you all.”

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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. First things first—I’m doing just fine. There’s no reason to worry about me. Like I said in that conversation with @Michele__Norris, 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. The idea that what this country is going through shouldn’t have any effect on us—that we all should just feel OK all the time—that just doesn’t feel real to me. So I hope you all are allowing yourselves to feel whatever it is you’re feeling. I hope you’re listening to yourselves and taking a moment to reflect on everything that’s coming at us, and what you might be able to do about it. And to all of you who’ve reached out—thank you. I hope you’re also reaching out to all those you’re closest with, not just with a text, but maybe with a call or a videochat. Don’t be afraid to offer them a shoulder to lean on, or to ask for one yourself. Love you all.

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Obama made the original comment in a conversation on her podcast Wednesday with former “All Things Considered” host Michele Norris. Obama told Norris she has dealt with “low-grade depression” in 2020, which she attributed to the coronavirus pandemic, racial tensions and “just seeing this administration, watching the hypocrisy of it, day in and day out.”

“I have to say that waking up to the news, waking up to how this administration has or has not responded, 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, it is exhausting,” she added. “And it has led to a weight that I haven't felt in my life, in a while."