Gabrielle Union Opens Up About Suicidal Thoughts During Perimenopause on ‘The View’

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Gabrielle Union48, bravely spoke astir immoderate of the acheronian thoughts that she faced portion she went done perimenopause successful an interrogation connected The View on Tuesday September 14. The Bring It On actress explained that she began facing suicidal thoughts, which prompted her to sermon what she was going done with her therapist. Throughout her interview, Gabrielle touched connected a fig of topics, including miscarriages IVF and having her daughter Kaavia via a surrogate.

The histrion was connected the amusement to speech astir her recently released book You Got Anything Stronger? Guest co-host Mary Katharine Ham asked Gabrielle astir what she went done during perimenopause, which the Mayo Clinic describes arsenic “the clip during which your assemblage makes the earthy modulation to menopause.” Gabrielle explained that her doc told her she was perimenopausal aft getting her full-blood sheet successful her precocious 30s. She explained that symptoms didn’t commencement cropping up until later. “Last September during the pandemic, I gained similar 20-some unusual pounds — what felt similar — overnight, broke out, hairsbreadth starts falling retired successful clumps,” she said.

Gabrielle Union, 48, opened up astir her struggles with perimenopause successful a ‘View’ interview. (Anthony Harvey/Shutterstock)

Aside from carnal symptoms, Gabrielle explained that the hormonal levels, caused by perimenopause led to acheronian thoughts aft an statement with her hubby Dwyane Wade. “By December, I had  a anserine statement with D and that small dependable successful my head, which usually feels similar your intuition — that I person not ever disregarded since I was 19,” she said. “That dependable was like, ‘He’ll recognize erstwhile you’re dead, conscionable termination yourself.” She said that the dependable was “relentless,” and she had the thoughts “morning, noon, night, each time long, mundane for 2 weeks.”

Thankfully, Gabrielle sought help, and her therapist helped her recognize that the changes her assemblage was making led to these thoughts. “Luckily, I was like, ‘This isn’t right.’ Something’s not right. So I instantly telephone my therapist, and she’s like, ‘You don’t privation to termination yourself. This is astir apt passive suicidal ideation.’ After a batch much therapy,[perimenopause was] precisely what it was,” she said.

Gabrielle discussed immoderate of the topics successful her caller publication ‘You Got Anything Stronger?’ (MediaPunch/Shutterstock)

The L.A.’s Finest actress continued and said she hadn’t heard that suicidal thoughts could beryllium a grounds of perimenopause. “I realized the fig 1 radical of women who perpetrate suicide: 45 to 54, successful that range. When you perceive astir the much well-known women who perpetrate suicide, it’s ever framed similar immoderate benignant of quality defect: her hubby left, the kids were gone, she started getting pushed retired astatine work, she became invisible, she wasn’t sexually desirable. ‘It’s your fault, and she couldn’t hack it;’ not that there’s thing physiologically happening,” she said.

View co-host Whoopi Goldberg chimed successful to promote women to speech astir their symptoms erstwhile going done menopause oregon perimenopause, due to the fact that of the variations successful reactions. Shortly earlier cutting to a commercialized break, Gabrielle encouraged women to get checked retired if they acquisition immoderate unusual feelings. “If there’s ever anyone who feels off, spell inquire your doc for a full-blood sheet and get those hormone levels,” she said.

If you oregon idiosyncratic you cognize is successful crisis, telephone the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), oregon interaction the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741.