Another troubled celebrity has enlisted Iyanla Vanzant, for her show Iyanla: Fix My Life. Who has she snagged this time? None other than former WNBA star, Olympic gold medalist, Chamique Holdsclaw. Last November, Holdsclaw was treated for depression until being diagnosed with bipolar 2 disorder after breaking the car windows of WNBA player Jennifer Lacy with a bat and firing a shot into the vehicle.
Later, Holdsclaw pleaded guilty to aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and other charges resulting in three years’ probation and a $3,000 fine. In an interview with the New Pittsburgh Courier, she explained that her attorneys helped her work with a forensic psychologist who combed through her medical records dating back to 2002 when she was diagnosed with clinical depression and worked with a psychiatrist. It was at that point, they realized that while she has signs of depression she really had bipolar 2 disorder with high levels of irritability and impulsiveness, which is challenging to diagnose. She explained:
I was angry. I’m like, ‘Come on.’ I’ve been going through this pretty much since I was a young kid. I’ve been on medications trying different things since 2002, and you tell me it takes a situation like this for people to really look at it and get the right medications.
Holdsclaw is also set to share more of her story on an upcoming episode with Iyanla, where she appears with her mother. Check out the teaser.
Tune in Saturday, August 17, at 9/8c.