- Melissa Ricks was very open in sharing how she suffered from depression
- In a recent event, the actress couldn't help but shed tears
- She shared that for so long she doubted herself
Melissa Ricks has been very open about suffering from depression to the point that she refused to become a guest in various shows.
Recently, she was able to conquer a part of herself and attended one event, "NextUp."
KAMI learned that it was a five-day crash course where participants acquaint themselves with video production.
During the event, Melissa broke down because for so long a time she doubted herself.
She said that she turned down all invitations simply because she couldn't do it. She would even go to the extent of finding reasons just to get herself off the hook.
Melissa also recounted that she had made herself so small. However, her co-creators saw her differently and saw her for who she was.
They also told her that she was an inspiration, strong, helping single moms.
In her own little way, she was able to make other people happy through her vlogs.
"The truth is the past couple of years have been tough for me. Then #YTNextUp came along. Prior to this I said no to every tv guesting or work offered to me or even events to attend, I turn them all down, because I just couldn't do it, but this I applied for haha (thanks @brattynellah) I wasn't expecting to be picked at all, but I was.. I was afraid to go, was thinking of reasons not to go and get out of it, I was getting anxiety before and during the 5 days I was there, but I pushed through with it. I thought to my self, God wanted me to be there and he chose me amongst so many who wanted to participate," she imparted.
"What my co-creators said to me made me cry because I felt appreciated. For so long I have been doubting myself, constantly putting myself down, making myself small but they saw me differently. They knew who I was, or what I did before all this, but that didn't matter, they saw me for who I am, they said I was an inspiration, someone that was strong and that I was real, I was helping a lot of single moms and parents, bringing light to every situation, along with my daughter in Vlogs that we did. I made other people happy in my own little way."
"That really affected me because actually the truth is I have been battling for so long to keep strong, trying to keep everything together, and knowing that I could touch a lot of people meant alot to me, so I became an emotional wreck during the comments!! Hahaha. YES I'm a single mom, YES I gained a lot of weight, YES I'm not active in showbiz anymore, YES I have made mistakes and YES I'm still battling my demons but that doesn't define me. Not being okay is OK. Lets not let depression, anxiety, anger and hate get the best of us. Lets push through. God put us in each situation for a reason and I thank all these people who made me realize that and Made this journey fun."
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