Zachary Levi had a “mental breakdown” and “active thoughts” of suicide

Zachary Levi talks candidly about his ongoing battles with anxiety, mental health, and depression.

The 41-year-old actor details his struggles in his new book, Radical Love: Learning to Accept Yourself and Others, as well as his attempt to find a place to achieve self-love.

Levy spoke about his battles with suicidal thoughts and his mental breakdown at age 37 with journalist Elizabeth Vargas on the “Heart of the Matter” podcast prior to the release of his book, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

“Shazam!” The star noted, “I didn’t realize I was struggling with these things until I was 37, about five years ago… and I had a complete mental breakdown.”

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The “Shazam” star revealed that the accident occurred immediately after he moved to Austin, Texas, about five years ago.
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He said the breakdown happened as soon as he moved to Austin, Texas and realized what was happening when he was driving around town and couldn’t decide on a restaurant to eat at.

“I’m sitting in my truck, and I vividly remember grabbing the steering wheel and shivering back and forth, like I’m almost trying to get rid of what was going on, and I’m just crying. I’m just crying.” “I’m like, God, help me.”

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“I’ve been in dark places in my life before, but I think in those moments I had people around me,” Levy added.

He explained that he even had “very active thoughts of ending my life”. Although not the first time, this case was different because he “didn’t have anyone” after moving to Texas.

“I had no support structure. So, at this very moment, I am here in this wonderful city, but mainly on my own, and darkness surrounds me again,” he said.

He continued, “The lies whispered in my ear and the failure felt like I was enough to be like, ‘Zack, I don’t feel like you’re going to make it out of this. “

Then a friend suggested that he undergo “intensive, life-changing, life-saving treatment” in a psychiatric hospital for about a month.

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Levy’s book, Radical Love: Learning to Accept Yourself and Others, will be released on June 28.
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The young Chuck also explained that he spent his childhood growing up with a stepfather who had high expectations of him and a mother who “was a borderline figure.”

He later turned to “sex, drugs, or booze” to calm himself “from the pain I’ve been running from for most of my life.”

“The irony is that booze can give you that temporary relief, but then the next day that anxiety amplifies tenfold,” Levy said. “So you come back for more and it becomes this vicious cycle.”

The “Tangled” star’s next project will be a reboot of the “Spy Kids” franchise and he’ll appear alongside “Jane the Virgin” blameless Gina Rodriguez.

The plot line says of the untimely revival: “When the children of the world’s greatest secret agents inadvertently help a powerful game developer unleash a computer virus that gives him control over all technologies, they must become spies themselves to save their parents and the world.”

If you or someone you know is affected by any of the issues raised in this story, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or text the Crisis Text Line at 741741.

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