Zachary Levi Reveals Recent ‘Complete Mental Breakdown’ Where He Had ‘Thoughts Of Ending My Life’


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Even superheroes need assistance generally. Fortunately Zachary Levi is getting actual about it, opening up about his extreme previous points with psychological well being and the place he’s immediately.

In an interview that shall be accessible in full on June 28, the Shazam! star defined to Coronary heart of the Matter podcast host Elizabeth Vargas that he has been battling anxiousness and despair for the higher a part of his life — nonetheless, he didn’t consciously know till just lately! And at that time it obtained so unhealthy it almost value him his life. The actor defined:

“I didn’t realize that I was struggling with these things until I was 37, about five years ago, and I had a complete mental breakdown.”

Zachary revealed that the breakdown passed off after his transfer to Austin, Texas one night time when he was looking for someplace to eat whereas out on a drive: 

“I’m sitting in my truck, and vividly, I remember I was holding onto the wheel and I was just shaking back and forth, that like almost trying to shake myself out of what it was going on, and I’m just weeping. I’m just crying, I’m like, ‘God, help me.’”

What a terrifying second to expertise, particularly alone!

The emotional turmoil didn’t finish there because the Chuck alum revealed that whereas “it wasn’t the first time” he was having “very active thoughts of ending my life,” the ideas resurfaced as he “didn’t have anybody” after transferring to Austin. 

Wow. Isolation could be probably the most harmful issues, particularly when you’re already not in a fantastic place mentally.

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He added:

“I had been in dark places in my life before, but I guess in those moments I had people around me. I didn’t have a support structure. So, in this particular moment, I’m out here in this wonderful city, but basically by myself, and the darkness surrounds me again.”

Such a scary reminder of how necessary help constructions are. He continued:

“The lies are whispering into my ear and the failure that I felt that I was enough to be like, ‘Zach, it doesn’t feel like you’re going to make it out of this.”

These are some majorly heavy ideas to be weighing in your thoughts!

The Tangled star defined that for the longest time he had been “running to lots of other things, whether it was sex or drugs or booze” with a purpose to distract himself “from the pain that I was running away from most of my life.”

Nonetheless, he got here to acknowledge that was a really unhealthy technique to take care of his issues:

“Booze can give you this temporary relief, but then the next day amplifies that anxiety tenfold, so then you’re running back to get more and it just becomes this vicious cycle.”

And that cycle so typically begins earlier than we even understand. Zach defined:

“The majority of my life, I grew up in a household where my stepfather was a perfectionist on the highest of levels, his bar was so high, was impossible to reach, and then a mother who was a borderline personality, so she didn’t have an impossibly high bar. She had an impossible target because it kept moving.”

What a tough upbringing — that’s definitely sufficient to set anyone on a tough path. And due to the unattainable requirements he felt rising up it looks like isolation has been one thing Zach has felt for a very long time, sadly.

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He defined:

“I feel like I’m a bit on the outside looking in. I’ve never really felt like I am a part of whatever the cool kid group is.”

Poor man. Proof that regardless of how cool and profitable it seems from the surface, everybody feels at occasions that they don’t belong.

Fortunately, after his Austin breakdown, the American Underdog actor determined to comply with a buddy’s recommendation to hunt “intensive life-changing, life-saving therapy,” which passed off over the span of a month the place he was admitted to a “psych ward!” Thank goodness he had that buddy to help him. There may be sadly a lot stigma surrounding psychological well being, however it’s necessary to listen to these tales to assist normalize getting assist!

At this time the actor is main a extra reflective life as he has embraced meditation and prayer. We’re in your nook, Zach!

For those who or somebody is contemplating suicide, please contact the Nationwide Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), textual content “STRENGTH” to the Disaster Textual content Line at 741-741 or go to

[Images via Zachary Levi/Instagram, Warner Bros. Pictures/YouTube, & WENN/Avalon]


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