Zoleka Mandela opens upon battle with depression, drugs, alcohol, and sexual abuse

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Mother, activist, and author Zoleka Mandela (40) recently got candid and open about suffering sexual abuse at a very young age from both men and women.

The granddaughter of the late Nelson Mandela and Winnie Madikizela Mandela has taken to social media to share her journey with fighting depression.

“I’ve come undone. My recent speaking engagement triggered my depression and anxiety. It’s left me feeling absolutely worthless, so sad and demotivated.”

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She says she's spent a few days in tears.

“I’ve cried for days, spent so many sleepless ones doubting my own abilities. It sucks. I’m back in therapy with my Addiction Counsellor and on my antidepressants and sleeping pills prescribed by my Psychiatrist.”

The mom of five says she just wants to feel normal again.

“I just want to feel normal again without the emotional heaviness of failure. Today’s a whole lot easier, I’m feeling lighter now and in a lot of ways, although I find anything involving basic human interaction still too overwhelming and extremely difficult but I know it’s simply a response to my depressed state and automatic need to isolate, socially withdraw, cutting off all communication with the world. I just need some time to be left alone for now. I suck.”

 

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