T.I.’s Daughter Deyjah Harris Reveals Was Suicidal As A Child, Struggled With Anxiety & Depression
The 18-year-old daughter of rapper T.I. – Deyjah Harris – has had an eventful year; one that could easily affect the mental health of the everyday teenager, much less one that grew up in the limelight. In a return to her YouTube channel, Deyjah Harris opened up to fans and followers, revealing that she’d struggled with mental health even before last year’s scandal involving her famous father’s comments on her virginity. It is because of this worldwide coverage of her private life that she feels she can’t be as transparent as she’d like to.
Deyjah Harris said:
“Unfortunately, I’m not really at a place where I’ve accepted how today’s society kind of portrays someone else’s truth as their advantage to toss around with, without caring to know my story for the right reasons.”
On her own terms, the “Family Hustle” star revealed that her struggles with mental health started at an early age. Deyjah hints as indulging in self-harming activities:
“Transparently speaking, depression and anxiety is something that I’ve been dealing with since about the age of eleven. My self-esteem started to kind of become an issue for me in the sixth grade due to bullying…so without the proper knowledge and support, I eventually started to turn to self-inflicted coping mechanisms that weren’t too beneficial to me or my growth.”
She also opens up on feeling suicidal as a child:
“There have been multiple times where I couldn’t really envision the evolution of myself, due to the fact that I just felt really unmotivated to continue my journey. And I also repeatedly had thoughts of me not being here anymore.”
Deyjah offered a few tips on how to practice self-care while battling anxiety and depression:
“Along with the whole sage thing, I like to carry crystals around with me as well…try taking a break from the internet- or, really, just social media. Because everything that we might see, or everyone we might meet on there aren’t really too intentional on contributing to our growth…try drinking tea or giving yourself a nice bath or shower. Try giving yourself or going to get a facial or massage. Just do whatever makes you feel good, and always invest on yourself as well as your health.”
Lastly, she offered viewers encouragement in embracing their mental health healing:
“You have a purpose in this world regardless of your mental state, or where you are right now. Everything we go through in life, especially the hardships, are essential in shaping and molding us into the individuals that we were created to be. Just because you might cry, you feel hopeless, or you might feel like you wanna give up, this does not make you weak or anything of that sort. Mental health is more than just having a mental illness. It’s an everyday thought process that we all have to make positive room for in our lives.”
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Written by Miata Shanay