Olivia Harvey
September 28, 2017 8:11 am

For Riverdale’s Lili Reinhart, the road to fame wasn’t exactly smooth. The actress who plays Betty Cooper on the hit CW show has been extremely candid about her struggles with anxiety and depression since shooting to fame. In a recent interview with W MagazineReinhart opened up about the worst panic attack of her life which happened while she was a struggling actress in Los Angeles.

Before the life-changing panic attack occurred, the then 18-year-old Reinhart was living on her own in L.A., having moved from her parents’ home in North Carolina.

Living in the city without a car, Reinhart needed to pick up a side job to help pay for the Ubers she was taking.

After Ubering all over town to find these items with no success, Reinhart suffered from extreme anxiety and ended up throwing up in the car on her way home.

Reinhart moved back to North Carolina and began seeing her therapist again, who helped her learn techniques to manage her anxiety. It was during her “rebuilding” period that Reinhart submitted her first audition tape for Riverdale.

And while she didn’t get the part right away, Reinhart headed back out to Los Angeles once she felt more stable and auditioned again. And as we know, she ultimately got the job.

This story is an incredible example of how admitting you need help and that you need a time out is not admitting defeat. Reinhart is living, breathing proof that asking for help is the best first step to being your strongest self.

Don’t be afraid to reach out to loved ones if you struggle with anxiety or depression. You can also call the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration hotline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or if you’re experiencing suicidal thoughts, you can call the National Hopeline Network at 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433).

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