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Gabriel Union Being very honest about her mental health struggles.
The Turn it on The star took her Instagram Wednesday to share details about her ongoing battle with post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety, which she developed after being sexually abused at the age of 19.
The actress shared a video of herself and her husband Dwayne Wade Standing for photo on its red carpet With gala. In the video, he adds an arrow pointing at himself and then an arrow to label the physical representation of his “anxiety” and “trigger”.
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Explaining the post, he told his followers:
“As a survivor of rape, I have struggled with PTSD for over 30 years. It has never been easier to survive all these years of anxiety and panic attacks. “
The 49-year-old described how his anxiety could weaken:
“Sometimes anxiety is so bad that it shrinks my life. Leaving the house or turning my left hand in uncontrolled light can frighten me. Anxiety can turn my expectations about a party or a fun event into a full-blown affair that I (Met Ball) were excited to attend. “
Just to show you never know what’s going on in someone’s head. We never knew he was in “pain” when he was in Gala! Most importantly, Gabriel reminded his followers to always trust people when they show signs of their mental health challenges, saying:
“When we tell all of you what we are feeling, please believe us the first time we mention it. No, it’s not like being nervous and everyone feels and copes with anxiety differently, and that’s okay. You don’t have to try to ‘fix’ me. “
He can say it again!
Why she felt so weak on social media, Mom continued:
“I am sharing this because I hope everyone who lives with anxiety knows that they are not alone or that they are ‘being overworked’. I see you, I feel you and there is so much love for you. Always. Love and light good people. Stay well with each other there. “
Such great advice!
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See his full post (below)!
This is the first time Gabriel has been open about his personal life. In 2017, she recounted her experience of horrific sexual abuse in her memoirs, We are going to need more wine. In the book, he reveals that he was raped at gunpoint while working on one Salary is low Shoe store at age 19. So, so horrible. Talking about her trauma has become “therapeutic” for her, she writes:
“The first step is acknowledging that you’re in pain, and then asking for help. The online community is full of people who are going through exactly the same thing.”
A year later, he spoke more about his PTSD fight for a social media campaign Child Mind InstituteAdding:
“I’m here to tell you that I’m a PTSD survivor, thriver, bad ass, MF-er… I didn’t let it stop me.”
Love that attitude! There is no shame in asking for help when you need it and having an icon like this Cheap by the dozen Share that message with the star world and hopefully it will help others to realize it. Think, fan reader? Let us know (below).
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