Politics can be a tough game, especial in high-profile seats in Congress where the stakes are high and political advisors will do anything to get their candidate in office or do anything to keep their opponents out. Sex scandals are usually the top issues that can bring a campaign to a halt quickly, but recently, it was uncovered that depression and mental health issues were the target of a well-known candidate for a U.S. Senate seat. Ashley Judd, born Ashley Tyler Ciminella, is a Kentucky native known for her roles in movies such as \u201cSmoke,\u201d \u201cHeat,\u201d \u201cNorma Jean and Marilyn\u201d and \u201cKiss the Girls,\u201d for which she was nominated for several awards. Lately, she drummed up headlines for her consideration of the Kentucky Senate seat currently filled by Mitch McConnell. Drawing even more headlines than her consideration for that seat, which she ultimately decided not to run for, was an audiotape that had McConnell and his staff discussing using her mental health history against her. One person on the staff mentioned that Judd was \u201cemotionally unbalanced\u201d and that she was hospitalized for more than a month for a \u201cmental breakdown.\u201d While the McConnell camp looks to the FBI to find out how that conversation was recorded and leaked to the public, the issue of the public\u2019s view on mental health issues comes up for discussion. Mental health officials can\u2019t help those they don\u2019t see, and people often don\u2019t seek out assistance with their mental health issues due to the stigma surrounding it. Psychiatrists are amazed that the person who will go to the general practitioner for a routine checkup won\u2019t do the same for their mental health. The negative perception of seeking advice for mental health has changed in recent years as seeking out therapy is fairly common in some parts of the U.S. But in politics, it\u2019s still fertile ground to be played upon.