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Ashley Tisdale Opens Up About Her Struggles With Anxiety & Depression

Tara Walsh
Tara Walsh

12:10 13 Nov 2020


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Ashley Tisdale on anxiety and depression

High School Musical's Ashley Tisdale has opened up about her struggles with anxiety and depression.

The Sharpay Evans star spoke candidly during a chat with Dr. Deepika Chopra on the podcast Looking Up this week.

 

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Despite her struggles with mental health, Ashley tries to view life in a positive light.

She explained, "I choose to look at those things in not a negative way, but in a very optimistic."

"This is part of my story, and I think it's a beautiful part of my story."

 

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Becoming a CEO and single founder

Ashley went on to share, "the most challenging," time in her life was when she took over her makeup company.

She admitted, "It was just a very hard thing."

The actress said she, "didn't realise," how hard it was to be be a CEO and single founder.

 

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Ashley pointed out that a lot of celebs have people managing their companies for them.

Whereas she was doing it all on her own, and the stress of that triggered her anxiety and depression.

"I got an investment and that really weighed heavily on me because I've never borrowed money."

 

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"I went through this like dark period and that was when I was actually going through depression because of the stress of it."

"What Instagram and social media doesn't teach you is, you see the successes of everything, but you're not actually seeing how hard it takes to get to that point... not everything is overnight."

Ashley added that she wasn't listening to her intuition at all because she didn't believe in herself.

 

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"...the hardest thing I've ever done"

She said, "There were so many red flags."

Ashley broke out laughing, "I just should have like literally been like, 'don't do this.'"

"It was the hardest thing I've ever done..."

 

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The actress revealed, "I went through insomnia, I would wake up at 4am crying hysterically feeling like I failed."

"I had never felt like I failed at something before."

Ashley ended up shutting down her Illuminate beauty brand with BH Cosmetics in February.

 

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The 35-year-old revealed Attacking Anxiety and Depression by Lucinda Bassett got her through that dark period.

"It got to a point where I was like, something has to change, I can't live my life this way."

 

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Thankfully, Ashley's in a much better place now and is expecting her first child.

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