Dove Cameron reveals her struggles with dysphoria and says she’s “been covering mirrors lately” in a new post on social media.
Posted to Instagram on Wednesday, Cameron shared her mental health struggles and pictures of her crying. The actress has received heartfelt messages from fans and friends. The post has over 1 million likes.
She began her lengthy post, “identity vs the self !!! depression & dysphoria. the self is someone i feel i have always deeply known, someone i deeply love and protect, like my own child, i know this self and we are very close. i love them. but identity is different.”
Dysphoria can be defined as having a profound sense of unease or dissatisfaction, per verywellmind.com. Common signs of dysphoria is fatigue, sadness, unease or worry.
She explains further that “the identity” and “the self” are completely different and how they are “diametrically opposed” and there has “only ever been room for one at a time to occupy her life.”
“i realize as i get older, that may be because i hold a deep seeded belief that who i am is wrong, i am not allowed to be just as i am, i am not meant to be here. i feel i must be something else if i am going to be allowed to be here. and man, do i wanna be here with you guys,” she explained.
She admits that she is “pulled towards” having no identity and she sees herself as “something imperceivable, an energy and a presence.”
In the final two pictures of Cameron’s Instagram post, she goes more into her identity and her “inner relationship.” In the written post, she explains that she’s been covering up mirrors, feeling “wrong” in the outfits she wears and has been crying a lot recently.
“What I am choosing to say is I am in process, I’m investigating, I’m struggling more than of of the time and I’m trying to maintain a quiet non judgemental curiosity rather than punish myself for not knowing what I’m feeling or where I’m going,” she wrote.
She concludes by telling fans that she has no answers and doesn’t want anyone to feel alone when discovering their identities.
“We all deserve a life unburdened by the societally created identity, we all deserve to unlearn self abuse and self hatred,” she wrote discussing that she hopes the future will be able to discuss conversations more comfortably.
“emotion is COOL. dysphoria is OK. living as a human is INTENSE,” she finishes.
Fans and followers rushed to the comments to share their love and support.
“sending you so much love. you are such a beautiful soul. never forget that,” one wrote.
Another said, “Being a (deeply feeling) human is v intense. But u got this.”
A user commented, “Thank you for sharing this with us. I am proud of your strength to be a platform in this manner. Take care and continue being awesome.”
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