Yesterday (October 10) was World Mental Health Day, and in light of that, Colton Haynes opened up about his ongoing battle with depression and mental health issues. “I know a lot of people pass it off as people being dramatic…”

Arrow actor Colton Haynes
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This isn’t the first time Colton Haynes, the 29-year-old openly gay star of Arrow and American Horror Story: Cult, talks about his mental health struggles.

In the past, he spoke about breaking down during his days on Arrow, and about his troubled days as a teenager.

Yesterday, Colton took to Instagram, where he posted another heartfelt letter to his fans.

“This is a photo I took of myself about a month ago when I had reached a point where I had no idea what to do”, he writes. “I had been in bed crying/paralyzed for 3 weeks with no explanation. My personal life and career were at an all time high.”

This past year, which began with Colton  coming out publicly as gay, ended with him getting engaged, and getting a role in American Horror Story. But depression can hit you when things are seemingly good.

“I’ve talked about this before but I can’t stress enough how important it is to seek help when your feeling down or in your darkest moments.

I’ve struggled with Anxiety & Depression since I was in the 5th grade & it’s not something that should go untreated or uncared for.”

See Colton’s full message right here:

Today is #WorldMentalHealthDay . This is a photo I took of myself about a month ago when I had reached a point where I had no idea what to do. I had been in bed crying/paralyzed for 3 wks with no explanation. My personal life & career were at an all time high. I've talked about this before but I can't stress enough how important it is to seek help when your feeling down or in your darkest moments. I've struggled with Anxiety & Depression since I was in the 5th grade & it's not something that should go untreated or uncared for. I know a lot of people don't understand mental illness & pass it off as ppl being dramatic…but it's a chemical Imbalance that no one wants to struggle through. It's not easy. So let's all take a second to reach out to those in need of help & those who just need someone to talk to or some encouragement. A little love goes a long way. My heart is with my fellow survivors & ppl struggling through this disease…you aren't alone. ❤️❤️❤️

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