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‘MBFFL’ Star Whitney Way Thore Talks About Her Health Issues

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The outspoken reality star Whitney Way Thore has used Instagram to talk about the mental issues she suffered with. She’s shining a positive light on a taboo subject

Whitney Way Thore opens up

My Big Fat Fabulous Life star Whitney Way Thore reflected on the “personal loss” she experienced this year. This included breaking it off with Chase Severino after he confessed to cheating on Whitney and getting a girl pregnant. 

Instagram is a powerful tool for Whitney

Under a fun photo of Whitney in a bathing suit, she wrote, “Hey y’all. It’s #worldmentalhealthday and I just want to remind you that if you’re struggling, you’re not alone.”

She went on to reveal her own mental heath issues. She wrote, “Diagnosed with depression at 18 and have been dealing with it for more than 20 years. I’ve also been diagnosed with atypical anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and generalized anxiety disorder. 2020 has been chaotic, terrifying, divisive, and disheartening.”

But she doesn’t want her followers to lose faith!

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Hey y’all. It’s #worldmentalhealthday and I just want to remind you that if you’re struggling, you’re not alone. I was diagnosed with depression at 18 and have been dealing with it for more than 20 years. I’ve also been diagnosed with atypical anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and generalized anxiety disorder. 2020 has been chaotic, terrifying, divisive, and disheartening. Even the most positive people with no history of mental health issues have probably felt hopeless, helpless, and like things are bleak. If you feel like this, again, you are NOT ALONE. If you’ve been comparing your life to people on social media, wondering why you can’t get it the fuck together, let me remind you: social media IS NOT REAL. I try to be as authentic as possible here, but there would be no way for me share the profound personal loss I’ve experienced this year, as well as the stress, isolation, and daily ups and downs I’ve experienced going through this year like all the rest of you. I have spent so many days dealing with depression and anxiety. This has been the hardest period of my life in terms of my mental health that I can remember. I want to share a few things that help me. 💊 medication: I struggle with taking my medication when I need it most, so I make it a priority to sort out my meds, get prescriptions refilled on time, and not let one missed day turn into a week. 🗣 therapy: I got back into weekly therapy this year after a 1.5 year break and it has helped tremendously. Shout out to my wonderful therapist some of y’all might know: @with_this_body! If you do not have a current therapist and need a digital option, a service like @talkspace (which I also use) can be a huge help. 📱connection: I struggle with self-isolating in a non-pandemic world, so this coupled with forced isolation has been a disaster for me. I try to pick up my phone and call home as much as possible. Shout out to my best friends @isntsheheather, @ashdanbay, @thebuddybell, @rtalfish, and @singkorswim for checking on me and not getting mad when I suck at returning texts! Sending love to you all! Share any tips you have in the comments. 🖤

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Whitney continues to shine

Whitney continues with, “If you feel like this, again, you are NOT ALONE. If you’ve been comparing your life to people on social media, wondering why you can’t get it the f*ck together, let me remind you: social media IS NOT REAL”

However, she tries, “to be as authentic as possible here. Whitney continues, “but there would be no way for me share the profound personal loss I’ve experienced this year, as well as the stress, isolation, and daily ups and downs I’ve experienced going through this year like all the rest of you.”

Like many, “this has been the hardest period of my life in terms of my mental health that I can remember.”

What has helped Whitney Way Thore most

Whitney goes on to talk about a few things that have helped her the most. First is medication, therapy, and connecting with others. While it’s hard to connect with people during the time of Covid, Whitney has posted a few pictures of herself on Instagram with friends and family. “I try to pick up my phone and call home as much as possible,” she continued, giving her friends a shoutout for “checking on me and not getting mad when I suck at returning texts,” according to People.com.

Fans thoughts

Heavy.com reported that Whitney has been spending a lot of time with her well-known ex, Buddy. They posted that when Whitney was hospitalized for a panic attack following her breakup and social media announcement, Buddy was the one who picked her up and took her home. He didn’t leave her side. Fans have speculated that the two are getting back together. Though this seems unlikely everyone’s hoping for a miracle! 

My Big Fat Fabulous Life returns to TLC on Tuesday, November 10.

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