Danniella Westbrook reveals glamorous transformation as she opens up about ‘dark days’ and being bipolar
DANNIELLA Westbrook revealed her glamorous new look as she spoke about the ‘dark days’ and dealing with her bipolar disorder.
The 47-year-old former EastEnders star has been off drugs for over a year and looked fantastic in her latest Instagram pic, while also sharing an inspiring message to fans.
Daniella has struggled with drug addiction since she was 14, and in her prime acting as Sam Mitchell in EastEnders, her cocaine use was such that her septum disintegrated.
Writing on Instagram today, she thanked her fans and children Kai, 24, and Jodie, 18, for supporting her throughout her recovery – and asked struggling fans to contact her.
She shared, “Hello everyone, my friend just took this picture of me in her living room and I feel like I need to share it with all of you for several reasons … Love, loyalty, support and encouragement that you showed me During some of my darkest times, the kind words and messages of encouragement helped me find the strength that some days I didn’t think I could find.
“People have reached out to me here for help when they too have struggled with life, addiction or mental health and for those of you who have, I want you to do it. know, I congratulate you for your courage 2 share your pain and struggle with me. Just helping you, listening to you and talking to you all of this in turn helped dig deep, not give up and restored my faith in people.
“It also reminded me that when I have a day off or have bipolar depression, I also need to tell myself that I’m just human that it’s okay to not be well sometimes and that ‘I am not expected to suffer in silence. All I needed was to text or phone my family, my sponsor, or someone in my circle of trust.
Danniella went on to admit that the past two years had not been easy, but that the love of her children and family had helped her.
She added, “I was the one who was lost, they never gave up on the hope that I would find a way to love myself and be happy.
“Once I started healing with the help of my amazing therapist @michellewooldridge and listening to the suggestions and starting to heal and forgive instead of blaming myself and fighting in life I started to grow up. on my trip. “
What is bipolar disorder?
Bipolar disorder is a medical condition that can affect your mood and can usually switch them from one extreme emotion to another.
It is classified by episodes of extreme highs, mania or extreme lows, depression.
If the mood swings last a long time, but are not severe enough to be classified as bipolar disorder, some people are diagnosed with cyclothymia (a mild form of bipolar disorder).
It is believed that around 29 million people worldwide suffer from bipolar disorder.
Impressed fans noticed how good Danniella looked, as one said: “You are beautiful. Very inspired by your honesty and courage. Well done ❤️”
Another wrote: “Well done Dan … It takes so much courage and strength to keep going … I only know to get well … keep going, beautiful lady … someone take that away from you 💖”
Last year, Danniella revealed her regrets for being a bad mother to her two children at the height of her drug addiction.
Speaking on Kai’s Firecast podcast, the honest star said, “It’s only caused you heartache and pain. It’s all about consistency, love, care, stability.
“Alright, I’ve been clean for 14 years. But before that, your life was crap.”
“I’m not going to beat around the bush,” she added.
“You might seem like you have it all, but your life was screwed up because I wasn’t there.
“You gave me hard love… there were times you haven’t spoken to me for months because you’re so exasperated.”
The soap star, who wasted £ 250,000 on cocaine, was so addicted to the drug that she took 5g a day during Kai’s pregnancy and was even used during labor.
She managed to avoid drugs for 14 years but a relapse in 2014 again devastated her family life.
The desperate actress enlisted the help of the Jeremy Kyle Show soon after on a celebrity special.
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But after a stint in rehab and the support of Team Kyle, she was finally able to break the habit.
She credited Jeremy with saving her life, previously telling The Sun: “If Jeremy hadn’t contacted me, I would be dead.
“When he first saw me outside of rehab, he had tears in his eyes. I told him he saved my life. “