Evan Rachel Wood opens up about self-harm during an abusive relationship, sparks huge Twitter response

Evan Rachel Wood has opened up about her experiences of self-harm while she was in an abusive relationship [Photo: Getty]

Evan Rachel Wood has opened up about her experiences of self-harm while she was in an abusive relationship a few years ago.

The ‘Westworld’ star took to Twitter to share two powerful tweets which detailed her troubling past experiences.

In the first tweet, she posted three glam-looking shots from a previous photo shoot, with a caption describing the reality of how she was truly feeling.

“The day of this photoshoot, I was so weakened by an abusive relationship,” she wrote. “I was emaciated, severely depressed, and could barely stand. I fell into a pool of tears and was sent home for the day. #IAmNotOk”

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In the second tweet, she posted a picture of self-harm wounds on her arm, and explained the story behind them.

“Two years into my abusive relationship I resorted to self harm. When my abuser would threaten or attack me, I cut my wrist as a way to disarm him,” she wrote.

“It only made the abuse stop temporarily. At that point I was desperate to stop the abuse and I was too terrified to leave.”

As in the previous tweet the actress added #IAmNotOk, as part of the Twitter movement which helps to spread awareness of domestic and sexual abuse.

Unsurprisingly, since sharing the emotional posts, the #IAmNotOk tag has caught fire, quickly inspiring others to share their own emotional stories of self-harm and abusive relationships.

The 31-year-old has also been sharing and retweeting other survivors stories using the same hashtag.

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This isn’t the first time Wood has opened up about her battles with self-harm and mental health.

Back in January in an essay forNylon magazine she recalled checking herself into a psychiatric hospital at age 22 after a suicide attempt. 

Evan said her suicide attempt was brought on by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). “My mind at the time was filled with scars and shadows and most importantly, so much shame. I was struggling with PTSD and didn’t know it,” she wrote.

“My PTSD was caused by multiple rapes and a severely abusive relationship that went on for years.”

She also discussed her ongoing battle with mental illness in a bid to help others who might be going through something similar.

“Because we can’t see depression, it’s easier to write off. It’s easier for people to put a negative stereotype on you,” she wrote.

“When I was 22, I willingly checked myself into a psychiatric hospital, and I have absolutely no shame about it,” she added. “Looking back, it was the worst, best thing that ever happened to me.”