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Colton Haynes opens up about his battle with depression

To recognize World Mental Health Day, Colton Haynes decided to reveal details about his own personal struggle with depression and anxiety.

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Taking to Instagram yesterday, the actor shared a photograph of himself at the height of his depression; a phase where he says he spent three weeks straight crying in bed:

“This is a photo I took of myself about a month ago when I had reached a point where I had no idea what to do. I had been in bed crying/paralyzed for 3 wks with no explanation. My personal life & career were at an all time high.

I’ve talked about this before but I can’t stress enough how important it is to seek help when your feeling down or in your darkest moments. I’ve struggled with Anxiety & Depression since I was in the 5th grade & it’s not something that should go untreated or uncared for.”

Today is #WorldMentalHealthDay . This is a photo I took of myself about a month ago when I had reached a point where I had no idea what to do. I had been in bed crying/paralyzed for 3 wks with no explanation. My personal life & career were at an all time high. I've talked about this before but I can't stress enough how important it is to seek help when your feeling down or in your darkest moments. I've struggled with Anxiety & Depression since I was in the 5th grade & it's not something that should go untreated or uncared for. I know a lot of people don't understand mental illness & pass it off as ppl being dramatic…but it's a chemical Imbalance that no one wants to struggle through. It's not easy. So let's all take a second to reach out to those in need of help & those who just need someone to talk to or some encouragement. A little love goes a long way. My heart is with my fellow survivors & ppl struggling through this disease…you aren't alone. ??????

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“I know a lot of people don’t understand mental illness & pass it off as ppl being dramatic,” he writes, “but it’s a chemical Imbalance that no one wants to struggle through. It’s not easy.”

“Let’s all take a second to reach out to those in need of help & those who just need someone to talk to or some encouragement. A little love goes a long way. My heart is with my fellow survivors & ppl struggling through this disease…you aren’t alone.”

Earlier this year, he thanked openly gay producers Ryan Murphy, Greg Berlanti, and Jeff Davis for recognizing that “gay actors are more than just their personal lives”.

“So disappointed in how Hollywood cant understand that playing a character has nothing to do with how u live your personal life.”

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3 Comments

  • steveg8

    I too have suffered this chemical in-balance for over 40 years, it never goes away even with medication although medication does help!

    Colton, just keep your good friends close and those that cause your stress far away

  • ChrisK

    I’m torn. One part says good for him. Then there’s his need for constant attention ie another selfi….”this is me all weepi but still cuter then ever.”

  • Kenney G

    Your ball have to have drop to be a gay man , It’s a never ending struggle.
    as a kid you have to go through a lot of hell, if you survive it only makes you stronger. That’s why gay men and lesbians and Trans are the face of the LGBTQ, We earn our strips from the beginning , We are what we are

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