Ashley Tisdale ”found her voice” through speaking about her mental health struggles.
The 34-year-old actress and singer recently released ‘Symptoms’, her first album in almost a decade, earlier this year, and the record talks extensively about her battle with anxiety and depression.
Following the release of the album, Miss Tisdale has been quite vocal about her health issues, and now says talking about her episodes has helped her to find more purpose for herself.
While speaking Us Weekly magazine, she said ”With my album ‘Symptoms’ and speaking about those issues of mental health that I’ve been through, i was able to find my voice. Supporting people and making people feel less alone is something I was really excited to be a part of because I want to make girls and young women just feel comfortable and know that it’s “ok” to ask questions.
”There’s this relief of being like, ‘I feel like I found myself’. I feel like I really got to know myself for the first time when I realised all of these things about me”.
Nevertheless, the ‘High School Musical’ star said that while she still finds it difficult to talk about her mental health sometimes, she’s beginning to realise that her defects are what make her ”unique”.
She said: ”It’s so easy for people when someone goes, ‘Does anyone have anxiety?’ Everyone at the table will go, ‘Yeah, I do.’ If someone says, ‘Do you have depression?’ Nobody really wants to take about it.
”There are a lot of times when I’m at an event or just a social party and I just have the feeling if not being good enough to be there, and I feel that a lot of people struggle with that too.
”I think for the first time, i can say i’m really proud of who I am. I think that when you struggle with those things, instead of being like ‘Oh I hate that stuff,’ I really accept it. I think that’s what makes you beautiful, that you’re not perfect.”
While Speaking to People magazine, she said: ”This is the first time I’m being super vulnerable. This is me sharing my journey through anxiety and depression. I didn’t know the anxiety symptoms I had in the past while touring. Before, I would freak out before going on stage. That was a panic attack. I had no idea what that was until I started reading about it.
”The reason I wanted to do this album was because I wanted to make someone at home not feel so alone in what they go through. They could look at me and go, ‘We’re all human. We all go through things.’ Miss Tisdale while speaking about her mental health after the release of her album “stigma”.
William Kellogg is a veteran writer who’s covered the subject of the intersection of technology, health and mental wellness for nearly two decades.