Hannah Brown Opens Up About Her Mental Health Struggles While Competing On ‘DWTS’

Hannah Brown has been candid about her mental health struggles since her beauty pageant days. She’s never shied away from talking about how depression and anxiety affect her life.

After The Bachelorette, especially after all the drama that went down surrounding her final rose winner Jed Wyatt, Brown continued to be open about her struggles, mostly on her social outlets.

Hannah Brown | Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Entertainment Weekly
Hannah Brown | Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Entertainment Weekly

“Honest policy: I’m struggling. Life is so different. Since last August, I’ve been a pageant queen, a bachelor contestant, and the Bachelorette. I’ve been in love with multiple people, I got engaged, I broke off an engagement, and I shared it all with millions of people. My faith has been questioned by thousands who don’t know my heart, and my transparency with my decisions has labeled me promiscuous,” she posted on Instagram in August of adjusting to her “new life.”

Though Brown’s had some time to acclimate to her newfound fame, she’s still struggling. Her anxiety and depression are still very much present.

How Hannah Brown’s anxiety and depression affect her competing on ‘DWTS’

In the latest DWTS diary entry Brown wrote for Bustle, she was, as per usual, open and honest about where she’s at currently in terms of her mental health.

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The beast is back. This time, in the ballroom.

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In one of her rehearsals with her partner, Alan Bersten, Brown writes about feeling discouraged.

“I was feeling a little bit out of sorts; I was having a really sad day. For whatever reason I wanted to break down and cry. I had a lot of anxiety. Hearing 5, 6, 7, 8, Hannah, hips! — not that Alan’s trying to yell at me — it hurts. I’m not trying to take it personally, but I’m really sensitive today. It’s not really something that I think Alan deals with and understands, and I don’t think I would understand it if I didn’t struggle with depression and anxiety,” she wrote.

Why Hannah Brown is open about her mental health

Part of the reason Brown is so loved by the public is her ability to be relentlessly honest, even when she’s struggling.

In her Bustle entry, she writes about why she chooses to be an open book.

“I’ve been very open about my mental health — honestly, it’s a taboo thing that nobody talks about. I have to think that even though I sometimes get pissed off and mad, there has to be a reason why I’ve been put in this spotlight right now. My gift, and sometimes curse, is that I’m so open about my life,” she wrote.

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getting in the {mood} lighting

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Brown continued: “I feel the need to connect with people and to share because I believe that communication and finding something that we all can connect with is what we all yearn for in this life, and the only way to do that is to start open conversations about things that you sometimes might not be comfortable with. After all, you might just tell it to the right person who’s been waiting to feel that security to open up about something they’re dealing with.”

Anxiety and depression don’t go away with more fame or more money. Brown knows this better than anyone. But we’re sure, no matter how prominent Brown gets, that she’ll always be open and honest about her mental health. And for that we thank her.

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