Kathy Griffin is taking to TikTok to discuss her mental health decline in recent years.
The comedian and actress recently posted a few TikToks where she was candid about her diagnosis of complex post traumatic stress disorder or PTSD, as well as suffering severe panic attacks as a result.
Last Tuesday, Giffin posted a video where she revealed for the first time that she has been diagnosed with complex PTSD.
In the video, she says, “I’ve never talked about it publicly. I think [TikTok] is the place to do it because I’ve seen a lot of videos about it […] I’ve been diagnosed with complex PTSD.”
She went on to explain that her doctors referred to her diagnosis as an “extreme case” and that it started for her “about five and half years ago”. She seems to be referencing the 2017 controversial photo of her in which she’s holding a mask of the former president Donald Trump covered in blood-red ketchup, which is meant to look like his severed head.
Since then, she’s undergone extreme criticism, both professionally and personally, as various stand-up gigs of her’s were canceled, as well as TV-related opportunities. She was even investigated by the Secret Service and was placed on a “No Fly” list following the incident, per People.
She also mentions that “the cancer didn’t help” with her PTSD, referring to her 2021 diagnosis of lung cancer in which she has since beaten.
Griffin posted to TikTok again on Friday, where she was walking along the beach after having suffered an “eight hour panic attack” the day before.
“Eight hours of freaking writhing in pain in the bed,” she explained. “So anyways, today I felt like [a panic attack] might be coming on so I started to feel, like, a little iffy. So, I’m on my walk now, and I’m outside and looking at the ocean which is helpful.”
“It feels good to be walking my way through it,” she added. “I keep telling myself it won’t last forever.”
In a third video posted on Saturday, she went into more detail about how she experiences her panic attacks, which typically happen in the mornings for her, saying, “It hits me in my chest first, like my chest starts to tingle. Then it goes right to my stomach.”
She adds that she takes it “day by day”.
Regardless on how you felt about her decision to post the infamous photo back in 2017, it’s far more important that people show their support for Griffin during this time as she suffers from these extreme mental health related issues.
If you or someone you know needs mental health help, text “STRENGTH” to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 to be connected to a certified crisis counselor.