From alcohol and drug addiction to severe bouts of manic depression, Carrie Fisher has led a troubled Hollywood life.
In a recent interview on The Oprah Winfrey Show, the Star Wars actress revealed that growing up in the shadow of her iconic mother Debbie Reynolds and father, singer Eddie Fisher, has left some severe psychological scarring.
Carrie told Oprah, "My self-image is just whacked from having the movie star mom."
So much so that even to this day Carrie recieves regular electroshock therapy!
She turned to the dramatic therapy after anti-depression drugs did not work for her crippling state of mind and explains its benefits, saying:
"I was getting medication I could not handle. It feels like my brain gets moored down in cement and it kind of blows that apart. You can move on from whatever feelings you cannot resolve through therapy and medications."
Even though it seems to be working for her, Carrie explained some of the mind numbing side effects like memory loss as she joked:
"I don't remember movies I've seen so I get to see them over and over again. It's actually not bad."
Carrie continues to treat her manic depression with a cocktail of prescribed drugs and shock therapy treatments every six weeks.
It's a shame that anybody needs to resort to such a severe treatment plan, and we don't know if Dr. Drew would approve, but we're just happy she is getting the help she needs.
[Image via WENN.]
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