Bella Hadid details ‘excruciating’ depressive episodes

Bella Hadidhas detailed the “excruciating” depressive episodes she endures, while defending her decision to share a snap of her crying on social media.

The American model opened up about her mental illness to her 48.5 million Instagram followers last year where she shared a series of selfies of her crying.

Bella said over the past three years, she's sometimes gone through “excruciating and debilitating mental and physical pain”, and was often unsure why.

When trying to explain how she was feeling to her mum, former model and Real Housewives of Beverley Hills star Yolanda Hadid, and her doctor, the 25 year old said she’d use photographs to demonstrate her feelings when she couldn’t quite put it into words.

“I would have really depressive episodes and my mom or my doctor would ask how I was and instead of […] respond in text, I would just send them a photo,” Bella explained toThe Wall Street Journal.

The brunette beauty also discussed the photos she shared on social media in November 2021, and defended her decision to post them.

She said: “That post made me less lonely because I had a lot of people that have reached out saying: ‘I feel that way too.'

"[I posted those photos] to make sure that anybody that was feeling that way knew it was okay to feel that way,” Bella went on. “Even though on Instagram things look so beautiful, at the end of the day, we are all cut from the same cloth.”

The model added that it was good for her “to be able to speak (her) truth”, and how felt she “wasn't able to post nice pretty pictures anymore”.

Discussing her current state of mental health with the publication, Bella insisted that she has “good days”, and that the day the interview took place was one.

“My brain fog is feeling better, I don’t feel depressed. I don’t have as much anxiety as I usually do,” she said. “But tomorrow I could wake up and [be] the complete opposite. That’s why I get so overwhelmed.”

As well as her mental health, Bella has opened up about her ongoing battle with Lyme Disease – a bacterial infection that can be spread to humans by infected ticks, according to theNHS. The model was diagnosed with the condition in 2012.

She told The Telegraph in 2017: “It was really emotional for me. I thought I was going to ride horses for the rest of my life. But everything happens for a reason, that's my motto now, and I'm so happy to be where I am.”

Bella went on: “Hopefully in a couple of years I can start riding again and buy a big barn upstate and me and my mum [who also has Lyme disease] can go riding whenever we want.”

Symptoms of the disease include headaches, muscle and joint pain, and loss of energy.

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