Throughout her time in the spotlight, Dove Cameron has been super open about her mental health. The actress has often spoken on social media and during interviews about her struggles with anxiety, depression and eating disorders.
The Descendants alum will post photos crying on Instagram to show fans that she may be going through the same things that they are and often gives them advice on how to get through the tough times. “This is a time where everything comes to the surface, as we all slow down, and what we normally engage in isn’t as accessible to us anymore,” the actress wrote on Instagram in March 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic. “We are now, more than ever, faced with ourselves, and for some, like me, that can be scary. Here’s to being kind, struggling, adapting, and doing some real f–king self-care. Though I’m doing what’s best for me [and] keeping my distance, I am always here. I hope you’re doing whatever’s best for you.”
Months later, during an interview with BeatRoute in March 2021, Dove explained why she’s been so open throughout her time in the public eye. “I witnessed so much pain early on in life, and I remember thinking that it’s so bizarre we pretend the pain doesn’t exist,” she explained. “Like, every person is in on this big secret, saying ‘We’re good,’ but, like, WHY? FOR WHO? What’s the point when the person next door could be going through the same things? These conversations help people, so let’s have them! There’s so much strength in vulnerability.”
She also took to Twitter in April 2021, and shared her best tips for “creating small boundaries.”
“One of the best things I did for my mental health was turning off the text notifications on my phone. Now I only see them when I choose to open them,” Dove shared. “I am choosing to love myself very well [and] with intention today. I am considering my needs [and] prioritizing them. I am protecting myself from things that I know may harm me. I am watching my thoughts [and] emotions with curiosity [and] love.”
The actress continued, “Anyone who is not OK with the boundaries that you set is the very reason you have boundaries in the first place. Never feel guilty for doing what you need to do to care for yourself.”
In honor of Dove’s constant openness and transparency with fans, J-14 broke down every single time she publicly spoke out about her mental health. Scroll through our gallery to read all her quotes.
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