Love Island’s Kem Cetinay describes PTSD and depression



Love Island winner Kem Cetinay has bravely spoke out about his battle with depression and post traumatic stress disorder.Describing a cycle of therapy and anti-depressants, the 21-year-old admitted that he had thoughts about not wanting to live his life any more.Kem, whose reality TV best friend Chris Hughes is particularly candid about his own anxiety, began having panic attacks when his mother Figen contracted septicaemia and he says he refused to leave her side when she was in a coma.Kem told The Sun: ‘I started becoming obsessive about my mum, I wouldn’t leave her side.’Septicaemia is a serious bloodstream infection. It’s also known as bacteremia, or blood poisoning.This occurs when a bacterial infection elsewhere in the body, such as in the lungs or skin, enters the bloodstream.It is dangerous because the bacteria and their toxins can be carried through the bloodstream to your entire body.Kem’s mental health deteriorated shortly after, when he was just 10, and he had his first panic attack on a train, which caused his confidence to plummet.Then, when he was 14, Kem was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and depression after an operation to remove his tonsils went wrong leaving him with kidney failure, and there were times when he would refuse to leave his bedroom.Kem went on to say: ‘There was a point in the three-year spell I wasn’t really living, I wasn’t doing anything.I was completely depressed. ‘I had thoughts that I didn’t want to live my life any more.I felt there was no value to it. I lost all the things I enjoyed doing. ‘He began a cycle of seeing counsellors, psychiatrists and even hypnotists and taking anti-depressants – at one time rotating between as many as eight different therapists.The reality TV star, who has just entered the charts with Love Island star Chris, was encouraging people – in particular men – to speak out on World Mental Health Day.On Tuesday, his friend Chris broke down as he admitted that he had ‘suffered silently’ with his mental health issues.The 24-year-old has overcome his own crippling battle with anxiety and panic attacks in the past.Speaking at an emotional press conference at an event to mark World Mental Health Day, he begged men to stop ‘bottling things up’ like he did.Hughes, who is now an ambassador for a campaign launched by Calm and Topman, slammed the culture of telling men to ‘man up’ and play down their feelings.Suicide – often led to by depression, anxiety and other mental health conditions – is the biggest killer of men under 45 in Britain, Government data shows.His comments were prompted following his tear-infused water advert earlier this week, which he revealed was just a stunt to promote mental health.Hughes revealed that L’Eau de Chris was designed to symbolise the fact that 84 per cent of UK men say they bottle up their emotions, YouGov statistics show.For confidential support call the Samaritans on 116123 or visit a local Samaritans branch, see www.samaritans. org for details.

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