“Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Lisa Rinna is sharing how proud she is of her daughter for talking about her mental health struggles.
In mid-July, Rinna‘s oldest daughter, Delilah, opened up about her recent stays at a rehab facility. The 21-year-old told her Instagram followers that the time she’s spent in the rehabilitation center was “the best thing that has ever happened to me.”
Now Rinna is speaking on her daughter’s bravery. She explained that Delilah’s mental health issues began after she was diagnosed with strep throat as a young child.
The mom of two wrote on Instagram:
First of all, I want to say how proud I am of both of our girls. I am in awe of how brave and courageous they are! In regards to Delilah’s recent post, I think it’s time to discuss the condition that started it all — PANDAS (Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections). Roughly 10 percent of the pediatric population will develop PANDAS to some degree.
In Delilah’s case, the condition was extreme and cause serious anxiety and multiple phobias. Thankfully we found the appropriate therapies and overtime she is doing much much better. If your child is struggling with anxiety, check out PANDASNETWORK.ORG.
Delilah was 11 years old when she was diagnosed.
According to the Virginia Department of Health, PANDAS is most common in children younger than 13 years who have been infected with Group A Strep. However, PANDAS cannot be spread from one person to another:
Children who develop PANDAS usually have a sudden onset of symptoms. The symptoms usually become more intense within 24–48 hours after the onset of their Group A Strep infection.
The VDH also reports that the prevention of PANDAS starts by “limiting the spread of Group A Strep.”
Delilah said she wanted to speak out about her battles in order to help others also dealing with anxiety and depression.
According to People, Delilah wrote:
“I strive to try my hardest to be a positive influence on my younger followers. I wanted to share this with you guys today because it could help at least one person struggling with anxiety and or depression.
This time last year I was in rehabilitation. I moved to New York to start my journey as a student at NYU. Not long after I moved to New York I began having terrible depression. I started attracting negative people into my life because my thoughts were so negative. I got trapped in a severely unhealthy relationship that pushed me over the edge. I couldn’t get out of the relationship because I thought I was deserving of it.”
Delilah continued that she sought help by telling her mom what she was going through. She then packed up her bags and took the soonest flight back to her home in Los Angeles.
Just two weeks later, she willingly admitted herself into a rehab program.
The 21-year-old said rehab has helped her learn more about herself, “but most importantly, I learned what self-respect meant.”