Demi Lovato has always spoken candidly about her struggles with mental health, but now she's letting fans know just how deep into her childhood the issues began.
In a new interview airing later today, the 25-year-old songstress sat down with Dr. Phil and revealed when she first started having suicidal thoughts.
"The very first time I was suicidal was when I was seven. I had this fascination with death."
"I have experienced things that I have not talked about, and I don't know if I ever will talk about."
"But at seven, I knew that if I were to take my own life, that the pain would end."
"It came back when I was bullied. It came back several times when I was struggling with depression and my bipolar disorder."
"I turned to cutting and there was a while there when my mom was afraid to wake me up in the mornings..."
"...because she didn't know if she opened the door if I would be alive or not. Every time I'd cut, it got deeper and deeper."
Demi ultimately decided to seek professional help and undergo treatment for self-harm, depression, and drug addiction.
"I'm growing, and I'm in a really good place today."
To catch Demi Lovato's full interview with Dr. Phil, tune into CBS today at 3 p.m. ET.
And if you or someone you know is battling with suicidal thoughts, talk to someone immediately. The US National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. A list of international suicide hotlines can be found here.
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