On Tuesday, “American Horror Story” actor Colton Haynes shared a selfie on Instagram for World Mental Health Day, and his message may ring true for anyone with a mental illness who’s been called “dramatic.”
Haynes, who has been open about his experience with depression and anxiety in the past, wrote in the caption, “I know a lot of people don’t understand mental illness and pass it off as ppl being dramatic…but it’s [something] that no one wants to struggle through.”
Haynes explained how a recent bout of depression left him in bed for three weeks last month. Haynes wasn’t being “dramatic” for spending three weeks in bed, and neither is anyone else who’s had a similar experience.
The actor also pointed out he’s dealt with anxiety and depression since the fifth grade, and that it’s important to reach out for help.
“Don’t be afraid to seek help,” Haynes wrote in a personal essay for Paper last year. “There are so many people out there who put their jobs first and their mental health last…and trust me…it will creep up on you. There are so many amazing people out there who can help with anxiety and other mental health issues… please don’t be afraid and know that it gets better.”