Rock and Pop Singer Elle King Gets Candid About Her Depression and PTSD

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I made a decision yesterday that was a really fuckkng hard one. I'm slowly learning that prolonging and putting off that inevitable and looming painful decision or choice ... ONLY CREATES MORE PAIN. AND YOURE LITERALLY JUST SITTING IN IT. I made that hard choice yesterday, and for a while it felt like my life was over. But today, while working through my PTSD with my doc, I felt that door inside of me open up just a little bit more. It used to be covered in caution tape and red lights flashing DO NOT OPEN. But I felt a cool little breeze and it wasn't as scary peeping through. I also realized that PTSD and/or depression FOR ME, and I say for me because I can only speak for myself, is like a trip on LSD. For those of you who haven't dropped acid.....it's really strong, so take a lot. Jk but for real it's gr8✌🏻👅🌈 but I realized that when I've been in an altered state I HAVE had weird moments and scary thoughts. But I snap out of it through the clarity and ease of the fact that A. everything is going to be ok. 2. Dude you're on fuckin acid man. 😝 In those times all I had to do was refocus and take back control of MY OWN MIND. Today, if presented with two options, I will CHOOSE the one that is most beneficial and happy for me right then and there. I'll make some healthy choices. Today I'll drink water and say something nice about myself. I brushed my teeth sooosososo good too. I might even hug myself. But I'm definitely going to love myself. Just like I love all of you!!!✌🏻❤️😘👅

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Country singer and songwriter, Elle King is taking the reins on her mental health by sharing with fans and followers a frank post about her struggle.

In an Instagram post shared on Saturday, the “Ex’s and Oh’s” singer outlined her struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder and depression, while wearing a t-shirt that reads, “Born to be mild.”

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“I made a decision yesterday that was a really f--king hard one,” the 28-year-old captioned the Boomerang video of herself. “I’m slowly learning that prolonging and putting off that inevitable and looming painful decision or choice … ONLY CREATES MORE PAIN. AND YOURE LITERALLY JUST SITTING IN IT. I made that hard choice yesterday, and for a while it felt like my life was over.”

She goes on to write, that she has been working through her PTSD with her doctor, saying, “I felt that door inside of me open up just a little bit more. It used to be covered in caution tape and red lights flashing DO NOT OPEN. But I felt a cool little breeze and it wasn’t as scary peeping through.”

While she does dive deep into the details that prompted her to make that “hard choice,” she does draw parallels for fans between what she tragically experienced mentally and through using acid.

“I also realized that PTSD and/or depression FOR ME, and I say for me because I can only speak for myself, is like a trip on LSD,” she wrote.

King goes on to reveal how she’s been “in an altered state” with “weird moments” and “scary thoughts,” but reassures fans that she snaps out of it through clarity and ease in knowing “everything is going to be okay” and “Dude, you’re on f---ing acid, man.”

The New Yorker explains how she’s been making “healthy choices” lately and practicing a ton of self-care and admits, “all I had to do was refocus and take back control of MY OWN MIND.”

King concludes in the introspective post that if she was presented with two options today, she would choose the one most beneficial to her, promising to “love” herself.

The frank Instagram comes just two months after King revealed she split up from her former love, Andrew Ferguson.

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