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Delilah Belle Hamlin talks about her recent health issues, which she says ultimately led to an accidental overdose.
Lisa Rinna and Harry Hamlin’s eldest daughter on Tuesday shared a lengthy Instagram video in which she revealed she’s battling several illnesses, including Lyme disease, Epstein-Barr virus, encephalitis and disorders Pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric associated with streptococcal infections (PANDAS).
Earlier this year, she started having severe panic attacks from PANDAS and, after seeing a psychiatrist, was prescribed several medications, the 23-year-old said.
“He over-prescribed me a drug that a friend of mine takes about 10 milligrams, and he gave me about 20 milligrams three times a day, then he gave me 3 milligrams of Xanax a day,” he said. she declared. “So my body got addicted to Xanax number one, and number two, I overdosed. I didn’t want to at all. I overdosed on this drug called propranolol. I took Benadryl with and for some reason, I ended up in the hospital. “
After her overdose, Delilah said she felt “hopeless” and “helpless”.
“I wasn’t like an addict, but my body depended on it because of how much the doctor prescribed for me,” she continued.
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She voluntarily entered a treatment center in Arizona for several weeks, but her symptoms of her other illnesses – including seizures from encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) – made her “a medical risk.”
“I actually just got back yesterday. I’m really sad because I thought this place was going to be a place to heal me… and it would just be a place where I could relax,” Delilah said. “But unfortunately I was a medical risk, so I was politely asked to leave after three weeks of being there. It was really difficult for me, because in mind if I’m too sick for this place, I’m too sick for anywhere. How can I get better? “
The model concluded her video by asking her followers for support and any recommendations they might have for specialists who can help her with her health issues.
“My family and I are having a hard time figuring out what to do,” she said, adding, “It’s an invisible disease. I can look perfectly fine and feel perfectly horrible.”
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In August, Delilah took a hiatus from social media because she said her health was “starting to get a little scary.”
“On social media we see what people want us to see. I want you to see that I’m not perfect,” she said. “For a long time, for many reasons, I didn’t take my physical and mental health seriously. I didn’t take it seriously because it confuses people and even myself sometimes because I look well or look healthy, then people don’t quite understand when I’m not feeling well. “
“Right now I have to prioritize my physical and mental health, even though I feel weirdly guilty for doing so. It’s starting to get a little scary,” she continued. “So if I’m not as present on social media, if I don’t meet the deadlines, if I don’t seem [like] myself, if I don’t reply to messages, that’s why. “
Paul Archuleta / FilmMagic Dalila Belle Hamlin and Lisa Rinna
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Delilah has previously spoken openly about her mental health, revealing that she went to rehab twice in 2018.
In 2019, Delilah’s mother shared more information about her daughter’s condition, which she says began when she was first diagnosed with PANDAS as a child. Rinna, 58, said “the condition was extreme” in Delilah’s case and caused her daughter “severe anxiety and multiple phobias”.
According to the PANDAS Network, the disorder occurs when streptococcus triggers a “misdirected immune response and causes inflammation in a child’s brain.”
“In turn, the child quickly begins to exhibit life-changing symptoms such as OCD, anxiety, tics, personality changes, decline in math and writing skills, sensory sensitivities, restrictive eating, and more.”
Rinna said in 2019 that Delilah’s condition has since improved: “Fortunately, we have found the appropriate therapies. She is much better.”
If you or someone you know needs help with mental health, text “STRENGTH” to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 to be put in touch with a Certified Crisis Counselor.
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