Love Island's Kem Cetinay Opens Up About His Battle With Anxiety And Depression
The reality star gets candid about his experience.
Kem Cetinay has opened up about his personal battle with anxiety and depression after revealing that he struggled with mental health issues during his school years.
The Love Island star spoke out in honour of World Mental Health Day - an initiative that pal Chris Hughes also threw his support behind with a particularly emotional Topman campaign.
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Revealing that his experience began when his mum fell ill, Kem told The Sun that he soon became "obsessive" about checking on her health. "I wouldn't leave her side," he said.
“My confidence dropped, I couldn’t get on trains. It was the first time I’d had a panic attack, I didn’t know what it was.”
The situation escalated when Kem was left with kidney failure after an operation on his tonsils went wrong aged 14.
“After the operation — I’d lost so much weight — my football started going downhill so I lost all my confidence. I thought everyone was looking at me and it just escalated. I refused to go out to public places."
Like so many other schoolchildren with anxiety problems, the experience resulted in Kem's grades slipping, which in turn resulted in bad exam results and a real knock to his self-confidence.
He continued: "There was a point in the three-year spell I wasn’t really living, I wasn’t doing anything. I was completely depressed."
After burning through eight therapists, Kem explained that his mental health has thankfully improved in his twenties, and credits girlfriend Amber Davies with being the one to "turn his life around."
Credit to Kem for opening up about a topic that so many people still find it difficult to talk about. For more information about depression and anxiety get checking out Mind.