Last updated on Jun 22nd, 2021 at 01:43 pm

Connie Ferguson is one of the most iconic actresses in South Africa, but the star’s life is not as perfect as some of her fans might think.

The Queen actress recently opened up about her battle with chronic depression. describes chronic depression as depression that lasts longer than two years. 

People who suffer with persistent depression often have symptoms such as hopelessness, low self-esteem, lack of productivity and a gloomy personality. 

Connie’s depression was so bad at one point that she had to take antidepressants. 

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“I usually get depressed during winter, but this is the first time in two years that I haven’t been on antidepressants and it’s mainly due to exercise,” she told Glamour magazine.

The 49-year-old graces Glamour’s April ‘Body + Mind’ cover. 

She also talked about why she enjoys exercising. Connie works out around five days a week to not only keep fit but help her cope with her depression.

Exercising is known to increase endorphins, dopamine, and endocannabinoid, which have been linked to feelings of happiness. 

Despite being a fitness junkie, Connie admits that she has insecurities about her body

But she has learned to love herself over the years. 

“Understand your state of mind, emotional state and your body. Self-love is the best love. Taking time for yourself isn’t selfish; it’s necessary,” she said. 

Connie is also a successful businesswoman and that title comes with some challenges of its own.

Aside from her popular beauty line, the former Generations star also runs a production company with her husband, Shona Ferguson, called Ferguson Films.

Working with her hubby has its up and downs but Connie says that she wouldn’t have it any other way. 

“I honestly believe we are better as a duo than we are on our own.”  

Connie is not the only star who has opened up about dealing with depression

Salamina Mosese, Minnie Dlamini, Lalla Hirayama, Gigi Lamayne, Trevor Noah and more have also talked about their ongoing battle with depression.