Dawn Thandeka King says her struggles with debilitating depression‚ which has seen her hospitalised‚ has made her stronger and more determined to speak out about it.
Dawn‚ who dominated TV screens as Ma-Z on Lockdown and Lindiwe Xulu on Uzalo‚ told TshisaLIVE she has struggled with depression and anxiety for several years‚ with her most recent hospitalisation leaving her drained and desperate for the cycle to end.
She explained that after finishing a gruelling season of Lockdown‚ she went through an emotionally taxing storyline on Uzalo. To her fans‚ it looked like she was on top of her game and slaying the screens‚ but inside she was “crumbling”.
“The environment‚ anxiety‚ exhaustion- you name it. My body fell apart and I was back in hospital again. Even though I was doing well in my career‚ my body needed rest and so it shut down. I couldn’t move. It was a difficult place to be in (mentally). I was in hospital for a week and a half.”