On World Mental Health Day, model Mushk Kaleem has opened up on mental disease that she went through during her life.
In a long post on her Instagram, Mushk Kaleem wrote about her suffering from dysmorphia (overconscious about weight) and anorexia (loss of appetite).
She said a year ago her mental health had completely taken a back seat for her. “I was a model, adapting to fame, success and accolades. Of course, everyone thought I was okay, living the dream. I knew then, that to complain about anything would be unthankful.”
The model said she was hospitalised on her 25th birthday last year. She was almost 48 kilos and she was suffering from severe body dysmorphia.
“I would spend hours obsessing over my weight, about losing those few inches on my waist, about getting those perfect hips, or about just looking the part. I had started starving myself, not eating for 24 hours and more, I was abusing drugs, I was unhealthy. I was a 6ft girl suffering from severe anorexia. I would occasionally blackout. I needed help.
“I think it had less to do with my field of work and more to do with how I was okay with being so self-destructive. I was comfortable with being unhappy. But this is a happy story, I promise.”
However, she said, then a year later, she was a happier person. “I have found support and happiness in my family, friends, and my pets. I have set boundaries that I never let people cross.”
Mushk Kaleem said she decided that she could still be beautiful no matter what number the weighing scale would say. “I took therapy. I put myself first. I tackled my issues head on, and at first it was scary and it aggravated my anxiety, but I’ve grown, and I’ve healed. It’s still an ongoing process of recovery that I’m on. But I’m glad I started somewhere,” she said.
Asking people to take care of their minds, bodies and souls, she said the mental health impacted our thoughts, our actions and our lives.