Candace Cameron Bure Says 'Shame' from Depression Leaves Her in a 'Lonely Place'

"I can’t pull myself out by myself. But it’s hard to extend the arm and go, ‘Help me,’" the 'Full House' alum, 47, said

Steven Ferdman/Getty Candace Cameron Bure
Steven Ferdman/Getty Candace Cameron Bure

Candace Cameron Bure is getting candid about how difficult it is to seek help for depression.

On Tuesday’s episode of her podcast, the Full House alum, 47, opened up to author Jennie Allen about how struggling with her mental health can feel “so shameful and so lonely.”

“[Depression] is such a lonely place and it’s very difficult to speak out about it, even to your most trusted people,” she said in tears. “It’s hard to admit it, at least for me, I feel like because I should be strong enough to overcome that and then it just feels weak. It just feels so weak. And the perception of that.”

“There are a lot of people who feel that it’s weak and will verbalize that, so then it’s just immediate shame that you’re like, ‘Oh, well if I struggle with this then I’m weak person,’” the actress continued. “Yet so many times when I’m like, ‘I don’t want to feel this way.’ I can try with all of my might to get out of this and I can’t pull myself out of the pit. I can’t pull myself out by myself. But it’s hard to extend the arm and go, ‘Help me.’”

Bure posted the clip from her podcast on Instagram Wednesday and urged her followers to seek help if they need it and to know, “you are not alone!”

Related: Candace Cameron Bure Says Exercising Helps Her 'Deal with Depression': 'It's So Beneficial'

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Back in 2021, Bure opened up about how she overcomes her mental health struggles, sharing that exercising has helped her deal with depression.

"I juggle, as we all do, a lot of plates. I not only juggle my family but also work in a lot of different capacities. It can get really difficult. The travel can get strenuous as well. I need to keep my mental health clear," she explained during a chat with The Salvation Army Midland Division.

"Just sweating that out and all those endorphins really help me a lot. I notice a huge difference when I don't exercise, how much it can affect me mentally and kind of deal with depression," the Fuller House star said at the time. "That's why I keep going. There are a lot of benefits I get. My mind is most important, and exercise definitely helps that."

If you or someone you know needs mental health help, text "STRENGTH" to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 to be connected to a certified crisis counselor.

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