Zachary Levi reveals that he experienced a “mental breakdown” before obtaining “life-saving” care
In a recent interview, Zachary Levi discussed his struggles with mental illness.
The Shazam! actor recently opened up about his issues with anxiety and depression, something he has “struggled with” for most of his life due to trauma from his early years and self-doubt over his professional success.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, he said on the Heart of the Matter podcast, “I didn’t know I was struggling with these things until I was 37, maybe five years ago, and I had a complete mental breakdown.”
Zachary claimed the breakdown happened following his relocation to Austin, Texas. He was searching for a restaurant at the moment while driving around.
I’m sitting in my truck when I clearly recall gripping the wheel and rocking back and forth as if to nearly shake myself free of what was happening while I’m also just sobbing. I’m only sobbing, “he remembered. “God, please help me,” I say.
Zachary reported that he was “very actively thinking about taking my own life.” Although “it wasn’t the first time,” he had previously wrestled with such thoughts, this time was different since, after moving to Austin, he “didn’t have anybody.”
I guess in those periods I had people around me,” he said, “but I had been in dark places in my life before.” I lacked a solid support system. As a result, I’m currently alone and outside in this beautiful city as the darkness once more envelops me.
“Zach, it doesn’t feel like you’re going to make it out of this; the falsehoods are whispering in your ear, the failure that I felt I was enough to be,” he said.
Zachary claimed that after having this incident, he took a friend’s advice and sought “intense life-changing, life-saving therapy” at a mental health facility for about a month.
The Tangled actor admitted on the podcast that before entering the treatment program, he had been “going to lots of different things, whether it was sex, drugs, or liquor” to numb himself “from the agony that I was running away from much of my life.”
The irony, he continued, is that alcohol can temporarily relieve your worry, but the next day it will be 10 times worse. Then you go back to acquire more, and the cycle just keeps repeating itself.
He believed that his childhood was the starting point for all of his problems.
Most of his childhood was spent growing up in a home with a mother who had a borderline personality disorder and a stepfather who was an extreme perfectionist whose standards were impossible to meet. “She therefore didn’t set herself an impossible bar. She had a moving target that was tough to hit. “
Zachary said that as he grew older, he struggled with how he saw his own job. “I get the impression that I’m somewhat outside looking in.” I’ve never really felt like I belong in the clique of cool kids. “