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‘90 Day Fiancé’: Larissa Lima Opens Up About Her Medication and Mental Health Struggles

'90 Day Fiance' and '90 Day Fiance: Happily Ever After' star Larissa Dos Santos Lima recently opened up about her struggles to maintain her mental health. Particularly in her 'lifelong struggle' with depression and anxiety, Larissa revealed on Instagram that she often struggled to stay on her prescribed medications.

Larissa Dos Santos Lima has had a tumultuous past few years. 

The 90 Day Fiancé star’s rocky marriage to Colt Johnson fell apart quickly amid several domestic violence-related arrests, public social media battles, and arguments with Larissa’s mother-in-law, Debbie Johson. Soon after, Larissa fought it out with her now ex-boyfriend Eric Nichols online as well. 

The mother of two has also opened up about why her kids are being cared for by family members back in her native country of Brazil, as well as missing her children while trying to build a life for herself in the U.S. Finally, Larissa recently revealed that she was regularly harassed and cyberbullied by social media critics, all of which took a major toll on her mental health.

It looks like the 90 Day Fiancé star is now taking steps to try to move towards better mental and emotional health. In a revealing Instagram post, Larissa shared that she had trouble sticking to her prescribed medication regimen due to her “lifelong struggle” with depression and anxiety.

Jen Harley and Larissa Dos Santos Lima
Jen Harley and Larissa Dos Santos Lima | Bryan Steffy/WireImage

Colt’s ex-wife opened up about her ‘lifelong’ struggle with mental health

In an Instagram story on Jan. 18, Larissa shared a deeply personal mental health confession about her recent silence on social media.

“Hi guys! I know I have not been posting as often as I normally do, or interacting with some of you as I had before,” the 90 Day Fiancé star began. “For this, I apologize and I would like to explain why.”

Larissa revealed that she often struggled with her mental health. The 90 Day Fiancé star said the problem had recently gotten more severe than usual. 

“As many of you know, I have depression and anxiety, which is often debilitating for me,” Larissa wrote. “I’m currently battling bouts of depression and severe anxiety. This time it is different, because I recognize that I cannot stop taking my medication because I ‘feel good.’”

The 90 Day Fiancé star confessed that she often went on and off her prescribed medications and didn’t stick to her treatment plan, which sent her mental health spiraling even further downward.

“I have been questioned about why I go on and off meds when it has been a lifelong struggle, and that is a fair question,” she wrote. “The answer is that I have been wrong in believing I know what to do for myself in this regard.”

Larissa concluded by explaining that she was back “on the wagon” in terms of her prescribed treatment and that she hoped to be feeling better soon, writing: “I am again on a path of treatment and therapy. As of today, it will be approximately 6 weeks before I see the positive results.”

‘90 Day Fiancé’ fans praised Larissa for her honesty

When 90 Day Fiancé blogger John Yates shared a screenshot of Larissa’s post on his Instagram, @johnyates327, fans reached out with support for the 32-year-old Brazilian reality star. Many fans shared their own stories of failing to stick to their planned treatment programs, much to their detriment. 

“Anxiety and depression is tough. Keeping @larissalimareal in my prayers,” one 90 Day Fiancé viewer wrote.

Another fan agreed, commenting: “I am really proud of her for recognizing for her and many people, the medications that help are lifelong…She is growing and learning. Good for her.”

Larissa’s castmate, Leida Margaretha, from an earlier season of 90 Day Fiancé, even offered her support, writing: “Sending love and support for my queen.”

Larissa has been taking steps towards greater positivity in 2020

Since her divorce from Colt and her breakup from Nichols, Larissa seems to have been striving for a better life in 2020. After completing her court-ordered domestic violence courses, she shared that she had learned a lot about toxic relationships and wanted to use what she had learned to raise awareness about domestic violence in the future. 

Larissa also shared in 2019 that she had made up with Nichols and that the two were trying to be more civil and mature as platonic friends. The 90 Day Fiancé star even penned a kind Instagram post about her former mother-in-law, Debbie, in which she looked back on the positive times she’d had with her during her short-lived marriage to Colt.