Nomvelo Makhanya is one of the most celebrated actress in South Africa, the talented beauty is mostly known for playing Lindiwe Ngema on Scandal and she has been open about her struggles with mental disorders in an effort to help other people in similar situations.
She was diagnosed with bipolar, anxiety & depression a couple of years ago and since then, she has been a voice for those who are going through similar struggles.
In an interview with TshisaLive, she opened up about how she felt when she was diagnosed, "when I visited my psychiatrist he told me that he wanted me to book myself into hospital the next day. I was hesitant. I kept thinking, 'Dr, I need to get back to work tomorrow'. I was also scared that people wouldn’t understand and that I would be away with no support."
She then went on to say, "I felt like I was drowning and felt like with every breath I was waging a war against myself." Nomvelo is in a much better place and she hopes that her story will inspire others, "I want people to know that there is hope. You have to take it one day at a time and believe that it will get better. I still struggle some days and I have to talk to myself and let myself know that it will be alright, even if I don’t feel like it in the moment," she said.
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