LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s stunning interview with Oprah has shined a bright light on mental health and how people can reach out and get the help and support they need.
Los Angeles-based psychotherapist Dr. John Tsilimparis said he was impressed with the couple’s awareness that they needed help but weren’t getting it, forcing them to step back from the British royal family.READ MORE: Nurses Get Into Physical Altercation, Temporarily Shutting Down Vaccination Clinic In Beaumont
“It seemed like their fate was already sewn up at that point, that the institution didn’t want them to be members, working members of the family anymore,” Tsilimparis said.
In the highly-anticipated two-hour interview, in which Oprah said no subject was off-limits, the Duchess of Sussex said she contemplated suicide during her time as a member of the British royal family, and reached out to them for help – but rebuffed because “it wouldn’t be good for the institution.”
Tsilimparis has not met the Prince Harry or Meghan Markle, but says their transparency helps other people suffering symptoms of depression, which includes feelings of hopelessness and guilt, losing interest in things that usually bring pleasure, changes to eating or sleeping habits, irritableness and worry.READ MORE: 'A Little Las Vegas': West Hollywood Residents Say New Digital Billboard On Sunset Strip Lights Up Their Homes Around The Clock
“In her case, she felt trapped, and has felt trapped for a while, and didn’t feel supported. And when you don’t feel supported and you’re feeling that way, things can build up,” Tsilimparis said. “Not surprised she’s feeling this way and she had to leave.”
As a psychotherapist, Tsilimparis conceded that everyone feels ups and downs and feels sad now and then.
“But if you experience impairment, and you’re unable to fulfill role obligations like taking care of your kids, getting through a pregnancy or doing your work, then you really need to reach out because depression can get a lot worse,” he said.MORE NEWS: Permanent Supportive Housing Building In Skid Row Celebrates Grand Opening With Virtual Event
If you or anyone you know is experiencing depression or having thoughts of suicide, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800- 273-TALK (8255) or text “HELLO” to 741741.