Jada Pinkett’s Heart-Wrenching Mental Health Struggles Will Bring You to Tears
Most people may admire Jada Pinkett Smith as a famous actress and successful businesswoman, but what you didn’t know is that behind all the glitz and glamor, she’s been battling with depression for years. Pinkett Smith finally broke her silence in a recent interview and her confession about mental health struggles is extremely relatable.
In Facebook Watch series entitled Red Table Talk, Pinkett revealed how waking up every day used to be the worst part of her day for years. She shared how she was diagnosed with severe depression after the birth of her kids. Her mental illness became so severe that Pinkett struggled to wake up every single day.
She only felt slightly better when the day finally came to an end, and she forgets the burden she was carrying by sleeping through it. However, the dreadful cycle repeated the moment she opened her eyes and was forced to face the sad reality of her life again. Pinkett also admitted her past relationships with Caucasian men may have contributed to her depression.
The famous Hollywood star had dated many Caucasian men before meeting Will. However, all of her past romances never lasted for long because she wasn’t able to build an emotional connection with them. While her time with them was beautiful, especially since she dated some wonderful men, the topic of equality remained very sensitive to Pinkett – especially since she had her fair share encounters of being oppressed in the past.
The Girls Trip renowned actress also admitted she changed her behavior to feel more accepted in the society. She also felt intimidated by gorgeous blondes, and Caucasian women because their beauty made her feel less confident about herself. The struggle to fight her way to infiltrate Hollywood and make a name in the industry took a toll on her mental health.
If she hadn’t met Mac Miller, she would’ve ended up with the same fate as him. According to her, she also developed a drug addiction and substance abuse to suppress her problems but they only made her life worse. After she heard about what happened to Miller, Pinkett realized she needed to act fast and get help for depression instead of causing harm to her health through self-medication. Pinkett had also undergone some therapy to get rid of her false beliefs.
Today, Pinkett reveals she no longer suffers from depression thanks to the outpouring of love and support she gets from her beloved husband Will, as well as their children Jaden and Willow. With their help, she learned to accept who she is and come to terms with her life. While the road to recovery was never easy, she revealed it was gratifying to overcome depression and finally live her life to the fullest with her family and loved ones.
Pinkett encourages everyone to be more willing to seek help from registered psychiatrists and other friends. She says there’s no real harm in asking for help and sometimes all you need is to share your story with someone. She is also a strong advocate for mental health awareness in order to provide support to those who are battling against depression.
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