A daughter of a former Real Housewives of New Jersey star revealed a “psychotic hiatus” kept her from social media.
Ashlee Holmes Malleo, daughter of Jacqueline Laurita, revealed an episode that led to her being diagnosed with bipolar.
Here’s what you need to know:
Ashlee Malleo Says She’s “In Denial” About Her Bipolar Diagnosis For A Very Long Time
“I’ll probably talk more about it as time goes on. Right now Instagram only allows captions so long lol,” she wrote on Instagram on June 27, 2022. “You may not think that I’ve had many difficulties in my life – but I have. These last two years have been particularly difficult for me. About a month ago I had a psychotic breakdown. I found myself in a position of being afraid of myself and my own thoughts. And I decided to finally seek real help. I also took a short break from social media. During this process of seeking help, I was diagnosed with Bipolar II.”
Malleo then went on to explain why she started medication and not just therapy.
“I made the personal decision to start the medication right away because I really feel like I’ve tried everything else up to this point,” she said. “I think I denied that diagnosis for a very long time. However, I was also never properly educated on all other aspects of bipolarity. I was so used to hearing bipolar as a negative adjective to describe someone. I always thought it was just something related to mood swings. It’s SO much more, and a lot of things in my life started to make sense. It was actually a relief to finally have an explanation for certain things. It empowered me to learn more about it and take back control. I am not ashamed of my diagnosis. And I won’t let anyone try to shame me for it. Nor will I allow anyone to use my diagnosis as a scapegoat to mistreat me.”
Malleo described her diagnosis “as a gift of extraordinary emotions”
Malleo went on to explain how she feels after the diagnosis and how she plans to deal with it for the rest of her life.
“I see bipolar disorder as the gift of extraordinary emotions,” she wrote on Instagram. “It gave me a level of resilience that I desperately needed as I grew up. It has enabled me to withstand whatever obstacles the universe throws at me. I am strong. It has helped me be imaginative, empathetic and adaptable – and it has definitely contributed to my great sense of humor in some ways. This is just another chapter of my life. I am excited and hopeful to see where I will be in a year. Life is a journey full of ups and downs. Keep going. Be proud of yourself.”
Malleo is currently going through a separation from her husband and announced that she and Pete Malleo are Separation in November 2021. They share one child, Cameron Hendrix Malleo.
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