Supermodel Gisele Bündchen Reveals Her Struggles With Depression And Anxiety
In her new memoir titled Lessons: My Path to a Meaningful Life, Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bündchen sends a powerful message: mental health issues affect anyone—including those whose lives seem picture-perfect but, in reality, are riddled with personal conflict.
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“Things can be looking perfect on the outside, but you have no idea what’s really going on," Gisele shares with People.
The revelation proved to be a shock to all. No one would have ever guessed that the world-famous bombshell known for her work with Victoria's Secret, staunch environmentalism, and extremely healthy lifestyle has, in fact, been managing depression and anxiety since 2003.
Making her words even more impactful is this mom of two's reputation of keeping her life's most intimate details a secret; her decision to reveal her vulnerability was one made to prove to all people that even those with great fame and influence can be faced with mental health challenges, and that it's okay to seek for help.
It all started when the then 23-year-old Gisele made it through a turbulent flight on a small plane and developed an aversion to enclosed spaces. Quickly, the bothersome emotions morphed into full-blown, often irrational fears of the inability to escape; tunnels, elevators, and similar public spaces caused her to go through crippling panic attacks, and when the distressing episodes extended to even her time at home, she acknowledged that she was in need of a mental health specialist's help.
“I actually had the feeling of, ‘If I just jump off my balcony, this is going to end, and I never have to worry about this feeling of my world closing in," she continued, admitting to considering suicide as a way out.
She was soon prescribed anti-anxiety drug Xanax, but later on, decided that she did not want to become dependent on drugs to manage her emotions.
Gisele divulged, “The thought of being dependent on something felt, in my mind, even worse, because I was like, ‘What if I lose that [pill]? Then what? Am I going to die?’"
Instead, for her new mode of therapy, she turned to lifestyle-based changes. She quit cigarettes, overhauled her diet composed of copious amounts of wine and caffeine, and practiced yoga and meditation. Her new fitness regimen proved to be just what she needed, and she's been able to manage her fears more effectively since.
Today, Gisele is a fulfilled mother and wife to football star Tom Brady, ready to take on her new role of a mental health ambassador. She's finally found peace and a second lease on life, excited to live out every day and find the joy in all her experiences.
She joins other celebrities who have publicly spoken about their own struggles with depression and anxiety, positively contributing to normalizing the need to discuss mental health and removing the stigma attached to the issue.
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