Lisa Rinna, known for her role as Billie Reed on Days of Our Lives and most recently The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, has spoken out about her daughter Delilah's mental health issues. Rinna, who shares daughter's Delilah and Amelia Hamlin with husband Harry Hamlin, wrote a response to Delilah's lengthy Instagram posts earlier this week.
Delilah revealed that she had been to rehab twice in the last year for mental health issues, including depression and anxiety.
I've been hesitant to share this information with you guys because there are a lot of you now and sometimes that scares me. I strive my hardest to be a positive influence on my younger followers. I wanted to share this with you guys today because it could at least help one person struggling with anxiety and or depression.
This time last year I was in rehabilitation. I moved to New York to start my journey as a student at NYU. Not long after I moved to New York I began having terrible depression. I started attracting negative people into my life because my thoughts were so negative. I got trapped in a severely unhealthy relationship that pushed me over the edge. I couldn't get out of the relationship because I thought I was deserving of it.
After 8 months or so with this guy I couldn't take the pain anymore. In February I called my mom, packed some bags, and took the sooner flight to LA. Two weeks later I was admitted into a rehab facility. I knew the way I was living was unhealthy and detrimental to my mental health so I called my mom and told her I needed help. Little did I know that this was going to be the BEST thing that has ever happened to me. I learned so much about being independent, feeling less shameful and guilty, I learned self love instead of self deprivation and so much more.
In June I went back. This time I stayed for 60 days (two months).
This experience was truly the best thing that has ever happened to me. I worked through traumas, and self love. But most importantly I learned what self respect meant.
Saying no is OKAY! Do only things that make you happy and make you feel good about yourself. Don't let another individual take over your life and tell you who you are or how to be. Take control of your own life and get rid of all negative people and energy that may surround you. And I guarantee this will lead to a happier life even if it's hard in the moment.
If you suffer from anxiety, or depression, or rather any of the things I've mentioned above, then don't be afraid to be VULNERABLE and ask for help because it will change your life <3
Rinna's response was something any loving mother would write, praising her daghter for being so open and honest about her struggles.
First of all I want to say how proud I am of both of our girls. I am in awe of how brave and courageous they are! In reguards [sic] to Delilah's recent post, I think it's time to discuss the condition that started it all - PANDAS (Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections).
Roughly 10 percent of the pediatric population will develop PANDAS to some degree. In Delilah's case the condition was extreme and caused serious anxiety and multiple phobias. Thankfully we found the appropriate therapies and overtime [sic] she is doing much much better. If your child is struggling with anxiety check out PANDASNETWORK.ORG <3
What is PANDAS?
PANDAS isn't something you hear about every day. According to the PANDAS Network, the condition "occurs when strep triggers a misdirected immune response and results in inflammation on a child’s brain. In turn, the child quickly begins to exhibit life changing symptoms such as OCD, anxiety, tics, personality changes, decline in math and handwriting abilities, sensory sensitivities, restrictive eating, and more."
It's wonderful that Delilah not only has such a supportive family, but also that she's been able to heal and find treatment that helps.
If you are struggling with mental health issues, please reach out to someone for help.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-TALK (8255)