Alyssa Milano on struggling with anxiety

Milano spoke out on "The View," calling for the Trump administration to act to provide care for the mentally ill.
4:18 | 05/18/18

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I you just wrote an article in "Time" magazine, where you open up -- you have an anxiety disorder. Yes. You talk about it. I have an mental illness. I'm going to say it just like that because I feel like there is such a stigma around mental illness, and I want people to know that if you have anxiety, depression, whatever your mental illness may be, you are not alone, and it just makes me feel better to know I'm not alone. I know you struggled with post-partum as well, and there are 44 million Americans that are suffering from mental illnesses. Just under the latest trump tax plan passed in December, 13 million Americans will lose health insurance, so to me, I think we have to rededicate ourselves to really making mental illness a priority. Yeah. And to give people the services that they need to -- to be better, to feel better because -- What happened to you? Well, I have struggled with anxiety disorder my whole life, but after I had my son, milo, it got really bad, and it was post-partum anxiety, and I felt overwhelmed and I was working at the time, and, you know, for me, my anxiety manifests itself very physically, like, I get a knot in my stomach or it feels like someone is wringing out a washcloth, and I get shaky, and I can't breathe. Like a panic attack. It's a panic attack, but it's generalized. So it's always in that state, and then a panic attack on top of that would be -- Wow. It was very difficult being a new mother, dealing with that. I had myself committed. I actually went to a mental institution, a public -- You walked in yourself? I asked -- I went into an emergency room, and asked to speak to the psychiatrist and had them drive me to -- I felt like I couldn't do it on my own, and to people, I looked totally fine. That's the thing with mental illness is you look totally fine. I needed help, and people tell me, you're fine. Go for a hike. It's a big change having a baby, and I knew I wasn't okay. What did they do for you? Well, you know, it was intensive talking and treatment and really just kind of figuring out if there was a pattern that went on, what my triggers were. I mean obviously, I'm also a sexual abuse survivor so a lot of it had to do with that, and childbirth which I don't think people talk about, if you are a sexual abuse survivor, it is very difficult to give birth because it's such an invasive procedure. It is. And I think more people to talk about that before women give birth, and really just this issue of mental health right now is really important because we're going to see more Americans losing their coverage, losing their insurance and less access to the help that they need. And we're seeing, you know, this administration blame a lot of these mass shootings, which we had another one this morning. Texas. In Texas. Santa fe, Texas. We see this administration blaming these mass shootings on mental illness, and I just want to say if that's -- if that's what you are going to blame it on, you have got to step up to the plate and do something for the people of this country and get them the care that they need, and if it's not going to be the administration, then I think the NRA should stand up there and help us fund mental health programs throughout the country. Get people the help that they need. We should also say mentally ill people are less likely to commit these murders. We're more likely to hurt ourselves than we are other people. Exactly. If you don't have the right insurance, you can't just walk into a facility the way you did. No. I was so blessed. I had people around me that could he what does the woman or mother do that doesn't have that? Thanks for telling everybody that. That's very brave of you.

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