How Tyler Posey Battled Depression Following His Mother’s Tragic Death
To say that the end of 2014 was rough for Tyler Posey would be an understatement. First, he and his childhood sweetheart, Seana Gorlick, suddenly ended their engagement. Then, two months later, the Teen Wolf guy’s mom passed away after a lengthy battle with breast cancer. The actor tried his best to keep his head up following the two traumatic events, but quickly realized he needed help because “the phases that you go through [after a loss] are just insane” and he was suffering from depression.
The 25-year-old started seeing a therapist shortly after the death of his mother and breakup to help him grieve. He was hesitant at first, but eventually discovered how helpful it was to talk to someone.
“I’ve struggled a lot with therapy because it’s got a stigma to it and also it’s really gotta work for you, I’ve found,” he told Page Six. “As open as you can be about it and as willing as you want to kind of experiment with therapy you still have to find the right person that speaks to you and feels like a good fit for you.”
Tyler is thinks therapy is something “everyone should try” at one point in their life.
“The best thing about it is getting it all out there. Whatever you have on your chest, it just feels really good to talk to somebody who you have no ties to…so I think therapy is great. I think everyone should try it out. Taking even one therapy session is just one step in the right direction to getting help and getting better, so I think it’s great. I love it. I’ve convinced a lot of my friends to get into therapy, and they’ve given it a shot.”
The Teen Wolf star added that while he used to see his therapist quite often, he has since been able to cut down his sessions because he’s doing so well.
He explained, “Right now I’m somewhat okay and mentally stable that I don’t need to be in it a couple of times a week, whereas other phases of my life I felt like I needed it at least a couple of times a week. Therapy just kind of gives you resources to manage your life outside of therapy, so you can kind of ween yourself off of it a little bit.”
TP reminds everyone that therapy is a “safe place” and no one should be afraid to go, because it really, really helped him get through an incredibly difficult time.
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