Lily Allen has been brave and come forward admitting she has bipolar disorder and has suffered from PTSD.
It seems this came to light on Twitter when told by another user that he felt she had mental health illness, she replied: ‘I DO have mental health issues. Bi-polar, postnatal depression, and PTSD, does that make my opinion void?’
In regards to suffering from PTSD after losing her son six months into her pregnancy in 2010 she said…
Lily, 31, has been well known for her erratic behavior, such as appearing to be drunk in public and making outspoken political interventions.
Admitting she suffers from bipolar disorder (once known as manic-depression) is a brave move as many do suffer from this illness and can experience extreme mood swings which can last for months.
The disorder, thought to affect one in 100 Britons, has received more attention in recent years after stars like actress Catherine Zeta-Jones admitted suffering with it.
The singer has also spoken about her postnatal depression following the births of her two young daughters, Ethel, five, and Marnie, four.
Lily Collins has spoken out about her battle with an eating disorder, she detailed the harrowing tale of her secret eating disorder in a frank and emotional interview.
Lily explained she gorged on ‘every type of junk food possible’, later forcing herself to throw up, causing her hair to fall out and her nails to become brittle.
‘My hair and nails became brittle. My throat burnt and my oesophagus ached.’
‘My period stopped for a couple of years. I was terrified I had ruined by chances of having kids.’
She has admitted to suffering from this disorder after being cast to star in the film ‘To The Bone’ about an anorexia patient.
“It really felt like the the was universe saying, ‘This is either something you need to address yourself, or something you need to bring to new people. It’s a conversation that you need to help start among young people—males and females—because it is becoming more and more prevalent for both now.”
“It is just such a taboo topic that I think people avoid because people feel uncomfortable talking about it,” Collins said. “But the second that they do, anyone who knows someone or is going through it themselves feels less alone. And it’s really a beautiful result to have the film give.”
Celebrity or not coming forward and opening up about battling a mental health disorder is a tough decision and one which can make us feel very vulnerable.
That is why I applaud those especially in the public eye which have the pressure of thousands of eyes upon them speaking out to help stop the stigma and shed light on mental health through their personal experiences.