Gabrielle Union Gets Candid About Her Day-To-Day Struggles With Anxiety And PTSD As Rape Survivor
American actress, Gabrielle Union is getting candid about her day-to-day struggles with anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
The Being Mary Jane actress shared a video of herself on Instagram and detailed issues with her mental health after being sexually assaulted when she was 19 years old.
According to the 49-year-old mum, she battled PTSD and anxiety for 30 years after the horrific rape incident.
Union wrote on Instagram;
“As a rape survivor, I have battled PTSD for 30 years. Living with anxiety and panic attacks all these years has never been easy. There’s times the anxiety is so bad it shrinks my life. Leaving the house or making a left hand turn at an uncontrolled light can fill me with terror.
Anxiety can turn my anticipation about a party or fun event I’ve been excited about attending (Met Ball) into pure agony. When we tell y’all what we are experiencing, please believe us the 1st time we mention it. No, it’s not like being nervous and everyone experiences and deals with anxiety differently, and that’s OK. I don’t need you to try to “fix” me.”
“I share this as I hope everyone living with anxiety knows they aren’t alone or “being extra.” I see you, I FEEL you and there is so much love for you. Always. Love and light good people. Be good to each other out there.”
Gabrielle was attacked and raped when she was 19, and she previously admitted while she feels “anxious” about performing everyday tasks, she has adopted a strategic approach in a bid to ease her concerns.
Back in 2020, she said:
“If I’m fearful about going into a store because I’m anxious about being robbed, I’ll make myself feel better by going to one where there will be witnesses to cut down those chances. It’s been this way since ’92. It’s just something I do; second nature.”
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Union previously discussed her PTSD in May 2018 for a social media campaign with The Child Mind Institute.
“I’m here to tell you that I am a PTSD survivor, thriver, bad ass m f—-er,”
Union said in a homemade video.
“I was diagnosed with PTSD at 19 after I was raped at gunpoint — and I didn’t let it stop me. I didn’t want it to define my whole life, and it doesn’t have to. Asking for help, needing help doesn’t make you weak or less worthy of love or support or success.”
“You can literally be anything you want to be. PTSD isn’t a death sentence. You don’t have to be alone or feel isolated. There are so many of us out there who are feeling with exactly what you’re dealing with and it doesn’t make you weak. It doesn’t make you anything but human.”
Union also opened up about the “responsibility” she felt to tell her story of sexual assault so that other women feel comfortable and confident to stand up for themselves. She told PEOPLE at the time:
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