Depression is a mental disorder that can strike anyone, irrespective of one’s background, race, standing in the society and age. Now, more and more celebrities are opening up about their struggle with substance abuse and mental distress, and the latest to join the group is 23-year-old reality TV star Courtney Stodden.
Trying to emerge out of a broken marriage, Stodden shot to fame when she became a 16-year-old teen bride of then 51-year-old actor Doug Hutchison in 2011. Disregarding the controversial age gap of more than three decades between them, Stodden and Hutchinson tied the knot claiming their love to be eternal. These events took place in the midst of a lot of controversies and grabbed many eyeballs.
Sadly, the marriage didn’t prove to be a bed of roses for the young Stodden as she suffered a miscarriage and thereafter a tumultuous split from her husband in 2016. In a recent interview earlier this year, Stodden revealed her struggle with depression and anxiety. To alleviate her emotional turbulence, she admitted of gulping down prescription drugs with alcohol.
Recently via a series of Instagram posts, Stodden, who is widely known for mimicking her idol Marilyn Monroe on social media, revealed that she was grappling with depression. Highlighting the challenges of depression, she added that she felt extremely insecure, vulnerable and child-like. However, she assured her fans of her faith in conquering her mental distress. Encouraging others wrestling with anxiety and depression, she expressed her solidarity with them. She motivated them not to feel alone and keep striving to overcome depression.
Multiple acrimonious personal experiences spiked depression
Besides suffering a miscarriage and a difficult split, Stodden shared that other personal reasons played a key role in exacerbating her depression. Reportedly, her mother, who was previously her business manager, had fallen in love with Hutchinson and this hurt her badly. She had also earlier expressed regret over missing out on living her teenage years.
Though Stodden split from her husband briefly in 2016, they reconciled later. Expressing no qualms about it, she said, “I love my husband so much. I just don’t have any regrets. I went through that separation period when I did need to relive some of the years that I felt like I didn’t get a chance to experience, but in the end, I’m so happy now. I don’t have any regrets about marrying him at such a young age. I actually learned a lot from it,” said Stodden.
Road to recovery
Major depressive disorder (MDD) continues to be one of the important causes of disability in the United States in the age group of 15 to 44.3 years. In a given year, it affects more than 16.1 million Americans. Experts agree that in comparison to men, women are more prone to depression. Many a times, untreated depression can pave the way for alcohol addiction and substance abuse. It can interfere with one’s relationships, career, social circle and finances.
In worst cases, it might also lead to suicide. People struggling with chronic depression experience fatigue, cardiovascular disorders, sleeplessness, etc. Consequently, it is indispensable to seek professional support the moment one starts feeling the symptoms because depression is treatable.
A leading rehab with an inpatient depression treatment for women, Sovereign Health of Arizona provides comprehensive and tailor-made behavioral health and addiction treatment to women suffering from mental disorders in a safe, compassionate and supportive environment. Mental health treatment at Sovereign Health of Arizona encompasses a 360-degree approach and includes multiple levels of care. For more information about our depression treatment for women in Arizona, call at our 24/7 helpline number 866-598-5661 or chat online with one of our representatives for further assistance.
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