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Former star of the The Hills, Lo Bosworth is helping break the stigma of mental health issues by sharing with readers and fans how she has been quietly dealing with her own set of anxieties and depression for over a year.
The 30-year-old reality star revealed on Friday in a blog post titled “2016: The Year of My Great Depression” on her website, The Lo Down, that though things looked shiny on the outside, it was a painful experience on the inside.
“2016 wasn’t only just the worst year ever,” she began. “It was also the year I turned 30, founded my own feminine wellness company, and brought an amazing puppy home. So not all bad.”
Bosworth went on to share how light finds a way of shining through the darkness, adding “the darkness I’m referring to? Crippling anxiety and depression at the hands of a severe vitamin deficiency that went undiscovered for 16 months.”
Bosworth describes how she started to feel “very off” in the fall of 2015 — “Racing mind, impulsive behavior, insomnia” — and went on to begin therapy with medication in 2016.
“I feel okay for moments of time, and then plunge back into the darkness again and again,” she wrote. “Exercise helps, my relationship helps, my family helps. But, the underlying, creeping feeling that there may not be a silver bullet to my problems, and that this state of disarray may be the new ‘me’ keeps me feeling stagnant. I wouldn’t wish my 2016 on my worst enemy.”
It was this past September that she finally got some answers.
“A complex blood test to look at my vitamin levels is ordered,” she explained. “A week later, a transformative call lights up my phone and ultimately, my life. I’m told I have severe deficiencies of Vitamins B12 and Vitamin D. Want to know what happens if you’re deficient? You can develop, amongst other things, depression, anxiety, fatigue, headaches, dizziness, and a lot of other vague and uncomfortable symptoms. Want to know what happens if you never address your deficiencies? The symptoms can become permanent – yes, like permanent brain damage.”
Over the next few months, Bosworth researched as much as possible and visited doctors who practiced diverse types of medicine, admitting she went into a “health-discovery overdrive.”
“I’ve lost so much, and gained so much on the other side too,” she wrote. “I’ve grown as a human in ways I didn’t think possible. [...] I’m living proof that you should fight, you should explore, you should take your health into your own hands and be your own advocate, and that you CAN come out the other side with some serious scars, but feeling like a brand new human being.”
[H/T Twitter / @LFromont]
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