Pretty Little Liars star Troian Bellisario has just spoken out about her battle with anorexia. As a keen Hillary Clinton supporter, the actress has opened up about why she supports the presidential candidate's views on mental health treatment, particularly given how integral treatment was during Troian's own struggle with anorexia. Hillary Clinton believes everyone is entitled to good health care - and that includes mental health.
"I'm such a huge supporter of Mrs. Clinton for so many reasons, specifically because she has been such a huge advocate for health care, and her definition of health care includes mental health care. And that to me is just - it's the deciding factor between both candidates."
As a child, Troian said she started to feel herself changing in ways she didn't know how to stop. "With anorexia, a lot of it is about presenting a front of 'everything is okay', as you're slowly killing yourself," the 31-year-old actress said. "Gone were the days where I was just a happy, carefree kid running around and suddenly I felt this inability to interact with people and to nourish myself."
She said that without the treatment she got, she may not be alive today. "If I had just been shunned to the side as not having 'real problems,' I don't know that I would be living today. I just want to make sure that everybody has the same opportunity for treatment that I have, and I think that we have to make sure that our government invests in those programs."
We applaud Troian for getting the help she needed, and encouraging others to do so too.
If you're struggling with an eating disorder, call the National Eating Disorders Collaboration confidential helpline at 1800 33 4673.