Courtney Stodden Reveals She's Battling Depression: 'I'm Extremely Insecure'
"If you’re a sufferer of anxiety or depression - know that you aren’t alone," the 23-year-old wrote on a social media post
Courtney Stodden is opening up about her battle with depression.
On Sunday, the 23-year-old took to social media to reveal her struggle with depression and anxiety in a message of hope and encouragement with her fans.
“I feel too much,” Stodden captioned a black-and-white photo of herself on Instagram. “I soak up too much energy from myself and others. I love too deeply. I’m extremely insecure. Terribly childlike and vulnerable. This is me and my struggle with depression. But I have faith I’ll prevail. If you’re a sufferer of anxiety or depression – know that you aren’t alone.”
“Depression is hard to kick,” she wrote on the image. “But I’ll get through it and so will you if you’re a sufferer.”
At 16 years old, Stodden made headlines when she married actor Doug Hutchinson — who was 51 at the time — in 2011. The two briefly parted ways in 2013, but reunited nine months later. However, after nearly six years of marriage, the two called it quits in 2016.
During the last year of their marriage, the reality TV star suffered a miscarriage while pregnant with her first child, a situation that Stodden said “deeply” affected their relationship.
“It is with a heavy heart to inform you that last week Courtney Stodden suffered a heartbreaking miscarriage,” Stodden’s manager Gina Rodriguez said in a statement to PEOPLE in July 2016. “Courtney and her husband, Doug, are at an emotional loss for words and are using this time to grieve with their close family and friends. Please respect their privacy as the couple try to cope with losing their precious baby and seek the support they both need.”
In February, Stodden discussed her split from Hutchinson with PEOPLE.
“We have not signed divorce papers yet. We are legally separated … it’s only been, like, two and a half months,” Stodden said. “I’m also trying to take things slow because I love him and it’s really hard on him … it’s extremely sensitive.”
“I don’t really like having regrets. I don’t really want to live that way and harp on something I feel like I shouldn’t have done,” said Stodden. “Yeah, I feel like [my marriage] affected me in ways. And they’re playing themselves out now. I feel like I really didn’t get a chance to do a lot of the things a normal 16-year-old … ultimately 22-year-old girl experiences.”