Pretty Little Liars star Troian Bellisario has opened up about her struggle with anorexia in a powerful new Instagram video.
In the post, the actress – who plays Spencer Hastings in the hit TV series – explained how her eating disorder affected her ability to interact with others and to care for herself.
The 31-year-old star said: “With anorexia, a lot of it is about presenting a front of ‘everything is OK’ as you’re slowly killing yourself.”
“Gone were the days where I was just a happy, carefree kid who was running around,” she continued. “Suddenly I felt this inability to interact with people and to nourish myself.”
When asked why mental health issues are worth addressing in the run-up to the US presidential election, Troian replied: “I just want to make sure that everybody has the same opportunity for treatment that I have.”
“I think that we have to make sure that our government invests in those programmes. What matters is that we continue to make our voices heard in this great democracy.”
Early detection, diagnosis and treatment of mental illness saves lives. It certainly saved mine. Thank you @attndotcom for asking me to share my story and share why voting in this election for a candidate that supports the treatment of mental Illness for those who can afford it and those cannot. For programs in schools to support students dealing with mental illness and for the continued support and treatment (without stigma) of adults to not just survive but thrive. Full video link in bio. Please vote #imwithher
The award-winning star finished by encouraging people to vote.
Her post’s caption reveals that she will be supporting Hillary Clinton’s bid for president.
Troian first spoke publicly about her own mental health issues in 2014 when she revealed she had battled an eating disorder and self-harming tendencies while at school.