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Alyssa Milano made a sincere confession about her struggle with anxiety attacks

Cheryl Kahla
May 21, 2018
10:19 A.M.

The 45-year-old actress and activist, Alyssa Milano, has an anxiety disorder and shared her story on The View to confront the stigmas around mental illness.

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Milano is concerned about the latest Trump Tax Plan because approximately 13 million Americans - out of the 44 million who live with mental illness - will lose their health insurance.

She wants viewers who also suffer from mental illnesses to know that they are not alone and wants to focus on making psychological illness and treatment a priority.

Milano admits that she had been struggling with an anxiety disorder for most of her life, but "it got really bad" after her first son, Milo, was born in 2011.

She suffered from postpartum anxiety and realized that she needed help, even though people did not take her plight seriously.

"I felt like I couldn't do it on my own. [...] The thing with mental illness, you look totally fine, and I needed help, and people just kept telling me 'you're fine, go for a hike.'"

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Alyssa Milano, YouTube/The View, May 18, 2018.

She went to an emergency room and asked for a psychiatrist. Medical personnel then took her to a facility where she checked in for treatment.

Milano knows how blessed she is to have medical insurance, as well as a strong support system at home. However, she is concerned about young mothers who do not have the same access to healthcare.

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A letter about her journey and her struggles with mental illness was published in Time for Mental Health Awareness Month. Milano hopes that lawmakers will take heed and 'defend our access to health care.'

Milano developed 'irrational and obsessive fears' after Milo's birth, and the feelings were only intensified by the guilt of leaving him with a caretaker while she worked.

She would obsess over 'all the ways that Milo could die' while in their care and would have anxiety attacks at night after she put him to bed.

After going to the emergency room at 2 am one night, she stayed at a public psychiatric ward for three days and slowly regained the strength to recover.

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