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In light of Mental Health Awareness month, Keyshia Cole opens up about her struggle with anxiety

Written by on May 5, 2022

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(NOTE LANGUAGE) Singer Keyshia Cole is no stranger to sharing her personal life stories, and after enduring a tumultuous last year with the losses of both her mother and father, the 40-year-old star recently opened up about finally getting answers to a mental health struggle. 

On her Instagram story earlier this week, Cole explained how a recent visit to the emergency room revealed a diagnosis of severe anxiety. 

“I’m so proud of getting a few hours sleep, literally have been getting None! So not ok. SMH,” she wrote, as shared by The Jasmine Brand. “And have been having the worst anxiety attacks. When I can literally feel my heart hurting. Had to to take my a** to the emergency room. They gave me damn medicine for anxiety. I didn’t KNOW wtf was happening to me.”

Cole’s frequent updates on the status of her mental health seem to be helpful for those who may experience the same struggles. Fans and fellow celebrities chimed in on Instagram to not only show support to the singer but to also share their own mental health stories. 

“That’s happened to me before,” rapper/producer Rico Love said. “I went to the ER . You literally feel like your having a stroke or something (in your mind of course because if you’ve never had a stroke you have no way of knowing what it feels like).”

One fan detailed a similar experience, saying, “Yep. I’ve been exactly there. Once I thought I was having a heart attack.”

Many users extended grace to the star, who, in a series of re-tweets in 2019, hinted at a struggle with depression. One user asked if she’s ever dealt with depression, to which Cole responded, “Of course.”

For mental health resources, visit the National Alliance on Mental Illness’ website.

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