Janna Nick reveals struggle with bipolar disorder

Heidi Hsia
·2-min read

23 Apr – Janna Nick recently surprised many by opening up about her struggle with mental health issues, particularly bipolar disorder.

On 22 April, the actress took to social media to share her story, revealing that she has decided to take some time off from social media to focus on herself after she was clinically diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

"Its been a week (and still continuing) taking antidepressant medication (Escitalopram) [and] Carbamazepine (CBZ ). All this while, I thought my brain worked normally, same as everyone else. I really thought that everybody has more than three to four voices in their head. I thought it was normal for your inner voices to keep talking to each other like a group discussion. [That is] Until I started to take my medication. It was then that I realised, "Oh this is how normal people think inside their heads"," she wrote.

Janna stated that she is unsure whether the condition was genetic or due to her dark past, and revealed that she had attempted suicide twice during her teenage years - with one of the attempts even witnessed by her own younger sister.

"My childhood wasn't the same as my other friends. Getting hit and kicked around was nothing new, since I could ever first recall," she admitted, adding that she didn't have the perfect family.

Janna is now taking care of her mother and her two sisters
Janna is now taking care of her mother and her two sisters

Earlier this month, the actress, who has also faced cyberbullying from K-pop fans over a misstep in promoting her new acting project, recorded a video online and lamented about being physically exhausted from her hectic schedule.

"It's not that I hate my career, or my work life. I like working! I can't live without working. My schedule is packed until end of this year. My body is so tired, but my brain is not. Therefore my brain keeps pushing my body to keep working. Even on days that I want to rest, my brain will force me to think, think and think some more! Imagine sitting alone, doing nothing but there's 5/6 voices in your head that are giving you different ideas to work on!" she said.

Janna is now happily in a relationship with actor boyfriend Dini Schatzmann
Janna is now happily in a relationship with actor boyfriend Dini Schatzmann

(Photo Source: Janna Nick Instagram, Dini Schatzmann Instagram)