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Batwoman Star Ruby Rose Shares Mental Health Struggles, Misdiagnosis

October 10th was World Mental Health Day, an international day that is meant to spread awareness for mental health education, awareness, and advocacy against the social stigma surrounding mental health. As part of World Mental Health Day, Batwoman star Ruby Rose took to social media to share her own mental health struggles throughout the years.

In a post on Instagram, the actress revealed that before joining the cast of Orange Is the New Black, she was hospitalized. "Today is world mental health day. This photo is from right before I started OITNB," she captioned the photo of her in a hospital bed with oxygen. In the same post, Rose explained how she's struggled with mental health issues since she was a young child having first been diagnosed with depression at 13 years old. "I’ve struggled with mental health my entire life. I was first diagnosed with depression at 13, then major depressive disorder at 16. When I was 18 I found out I had Dissociative amnesia. I had a few years entirely erased from my memory and a chance run in with my best friend from primary school was the first I learned about it."

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She continued by explaining she would often find herself having to ask others, such as her mother, to verify what her friend had told her because those memories had been completely erased from her memory. "She remembered me but I didn’t recognize her at all. She remembered our teachers, things we did and my monkey backpack.. things I didn’t remember," Rose said. "I went home and asked my mum “Did I have a monkey backpack at school?” That is when it all started to unravel and my life changed...I started asking questions."

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Today is world mental health day. This photo is from right before I started OITNB. I’ve struggled with mental health my entire life. I was first diagnosed with depression at 13, then major depressive disorder at 16. When I was 18 I found out I had Dissociative amnesia . I had a few years entirely erased from my memory and a chance run in with my best friend from primary school was the first I learned about it. She remembered me but I didn’t recognize her at all. She remembered our teachers, things we did and my monkey backpack.. things I didn’t remember even when she said them with such innocent conviction. I went home and asked my mum “Did i have a monkey backpack at school?” That is when it all started to unravel and my life changed...I started asking questions. I found out I went from a smiling laughing child to a quiet mute who sat alone and stared off to the distance during recess after one of many traumatic events that I didn’t remember. One that my mum had to tell me about but hadn’t for so many years because the doctors at the time said I was too young to process what had happened and that it was for the best. I was also diagnosed with Bipolar for a long time until it turned out I just had depression.. the pure sad depression without the fun and not so fun parts of mania, it was an overactive thyroid that created that misdiagnosis. Cut to many dark times. On medication, off medication, on and off and on and off per each wrong diagnoses. There were hospitalizations, suicide attempts as young as 12. Cut to therapy and meditation, cut to seeing me at ever self-help section of every bookstore. Cut to a brain scan which showed I had severe PTSD... cut to more therapy and tests that led me to my final diagnosis... C-PTSD. Complex PTSD. What I have learned from the struggles of mental health is just how strong I am. It’s how amazing people are because they love me and support me and yet you can’t judge those who don’t understand and don’t know how to do that either. It’s that you cannot judge people at all because you can never know what they have been through. It’s that self love and self care is more important than anything else.

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Rose would later go onto be diagnosed as Bipolar -- a misdiagnosis -- before ultimately being told she had depression. "There were hospitalizations, suicide attempts as young as 12," the actress wrote. "Cut to therapy and meditation, cut to seeing me at ever self-help section of every bookstore. Cut to a brain scan which showed I had severe PTSD... cut to more therapy and tests that led me to my final diagnosis... C-PTSD. Complex PTSD."

The actress ended her post by reminding her fans that self-love was more important than anything else and that it was important to remember we never truly know what other people are going through around us.

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Written by Caroline Dries and developed by Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television, Batwoman stars Ruby Rose, Rachel Skarsten, Meagan Tandy, Camrus Johnson, Dougray Scott, Elizabeth Anweis and Nicole Kang. The series airs on Sundays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.

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