Colton Haynes Says He Was Once "Paralyzed" With Depression

Contrary to what some people may believe, anyone can experience mental health issues, even if they're wealthy, they seem to have a lot of friends, or they have enviable careers.
On Tuesday, Teen Wolf star Colton Haynes shared a photo of himself to celebrate World Mental Health Day, writing that he had taken the photo while in the midst of a severe struggle with his mental well-being.
"This is a photo I took of myself about a month ago when I had reached a point where I had no idea what to do," he wrote.
Haynes said that although his career as an actor was at an all-time high at this point, he had been in bed crying and "paralyzed" for three weeks, seemingly "with no explanation."
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"I've talked about this before but I can't stress enough how important it is to seek help when your feeling down or in your darkest moments," Haynes wrote. "I've struggled with Anxiety & Depression since I was in the 5th grade & it's not something that should go untreated or uncared for."
His post makes an excellent point about who can be affected by mental health problems: anyone. Mental health issues don't discriminate, even if your life seems to be going well, or if you have a fair amount of privilege. While privilege might give you more access to help, it doesn't mean that you won't experience illnesses such as anxiety and depression.
"So let's all take a second to reach out to those in need of help & those who just need someone to talk to or some encouragement," he wrote. "A little love goes a long way. My heart is with my fellow survivors & ppl struggling through this disease...you aren't alone."
If you are experiencing anxiety and are in need of crisis support, please call the Crisis Call Center’s 24-hour hotline at 1-775-784-8090.
If you are experiencing depression and need support, please call the National Depressive/Manic-Depressive Association Hotline at 1-800-826-3632 or the Crisis Call Center’s 24-hour hotline at 1-775-784-8090.
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