“I just want to be honest with everybody, I have been struggling,” she told her 231,000 followers, adding: “So, I’m in the hospital at the minute and I’m gonna get discharged soon and hopefully get to continue, you know, with my life and I’m gonna take a little bit of a break for myself. “
In the candid video, she urged fans to “stop being so hard on yourself” and seek help if going through a similar experience.
“I want to encourage others, if you are struggling, please do yourself a favor. Take a break, stop being so hard on yourself. And people used to always tell me not to be so hard on myself, and I never really, really knew what that meant. ”
Barker reassured fans that she was “on new heights” since getting support, adding that the dialogue around mental health needed to change. She recalled being “rage-filled, frustrated, angry” and “carrying the weight of the world on my back,” before getting a diagnosis.
Although she declined to share her diagnosis, she explained that having it means she is now “relinquishing myself and forgiving myself and drawing a line in the sand.”
As well as thanking her close friends and mentors, Barker praised Netflix and “Bridgerton” executive producer Shonda Rhimes for “saving” her with her role.
She said: “I can not wait to fulfill all of my engagements and to have a good career and a good life. Because I do not want my diagnosis to be a self-fulfilling prophecy.”