LISA Vanderpump spoke candidly, revealing she battled depression while on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
The Vanderpump Rules star admitted she ultimately left the show to get herself out of a "dark hole."
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Lisa told HollywoodLife of her battle with depression and her exiting RHOBH: “I found it very difficult, a dark hole to walk out of.
“Grief does take a while but you do get through it and things start to get better and even on Housewives.
"All of the fighting, it’s just not something I kind of look for and wanted to do with my life.”
Lisa shared the loss of brother, who took his own life, was just too much for her while she was on RHOBH admitting : “When my only sibling committed suicide, to me that was just devastating,”
“And that radiated so many feelings because all of the survivors to suicide think, ‘Oh, maybe I could’ve spoken to them that day.’ Maybe you couldn’t have changed the path.”
Lisa went on of her battles with mental health: “Mine [depression] was circumstantial grief really because of something that happened.
“So for me, I really needed to be proactive with it. I sat there and then I had to start doing Vanderpump Rules and I was committed to that. I was running on four cylinders. I wasn’t really where I should be.”
Lisa also relayed how she coped with the loss of her brother, saying: “I took antidepressants after my brother died and I sought grief counseling just briefly, but it really helped.
“I think reaching out to people. Not necessarily a grief counselor, but someone you can connect to is so important. For me, I also think that when you’re isolated, even if you can do FaceTime to connect with people, that’s really important.
"We’re supposed to be with people and integrate. I think exercise is one of the keys to having structure in your life. Getting out of bed, getting exercise.”
The Vanderpump Rules boss even thinks the pandemic helped her mental health sharing: “I even look at COVID — wow. It was a lot having our businesses shut down and wondering what the hell we were going to do, but I kind of did take the bull by the horns
"I didn’t see anybody here for 9 months until we started doing Overserved. We have to take responsibility for our own happiness. Don’t stay in a toxic relationship. Don’t stay in something. If it’s really negative in your life, step away from it. Be proactive.
"Life is never easy. When things are going wrong, there’s always something around the corner that’s going to bite you in the ass.”
If you or someone you know is affected by any of the issues raised in this story, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or text Crisis Text Line at 741741.
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