Evan Rachel Wood’s child­hood star­dom pre­vented her from get­ting help

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Hol­ly­wood star Evan Rachel Wood be­lieves the pres­sures of be­ing a child star pre­vented her from seek­ing psy­cho­log­i­cal help.

The ac­tress de­tailed the years of sex­ual abuse she was sub­jected to in a tes­ti­mony to US Congress in Fe­bru­ary where she said she had been “men­tally and phys­i­cally tor­tured” by her for­mer-part­ner and re­counted in­ci­dents of rape, bondage and psy­cho­log­i­cal abuse.

The 30-year-old, who has been ac­tive in the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try since 1994, at­tempted sui­cide twice be­fore she at­tended ther­apy and was di­ag­nosed with PTSD (post-trau­matic stress dis­or­der).

“I had been a child star my whole life, and I had this in­tense pres­sure to be per­fect and to not have prob­lems and to not bur­den any­one with prob­lems and to work. It kept me from get­ting help for a long time,” Wood said in an in­ter­view with Re­fin­ery29.

She added: “There was some­thing re­ally free­ing about it, and I re­alised that I re­ally liked my­self. And when I stripped lit­er­ally ev­ery­thing away, I couldn’t sing, I had nodes on my vo­cal chords. I couldn’t walk. I was in a men­tal hospi­tal. I was like, ‘Wow how did I get here?’”

The Barefoot star in­sisted that get­ting help “wasn’t as hard as feel­ing crazy,” and said that her 4-year-old son, whose name she has kept un­der wraps, has stopped her get­ting

“up­set over lit­tle things any­more.”

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