Impact Wrestling’s Allie, formerly Cherry Bomb, has opened up recently regarding her struggles with anxiety and depression. Real name, Laura Dennis, Allie mentioned she has been dealing with the conditions since childhood.
“For most of my life, anxiety and depression have had a huge toll on me,” she said. “Even when I was going through it all at the time, I didn’t realize that I was depressed. I could feel it, but I didn’t know what it really was for a long time.”
Allie continued to mention possible root causes of her depression, “I lost my father when I was 12… very young. That was one of the things that triggered my depression,” she recalled. “Flash forward a few years later, and a very, very close friend of mine committed suicide. That just kind of pushed me further down that hole that I was in.”
Allie in Impact Wrestling
Allie continued to mention her condition led to an eating disorder when she was 20-years-old. Finally, a friend of hers suggested she seek help.
“I hadn’t really thought seriously about counseling, but I’m thankful that someone cared enough to say something. I don’t know where I would be today if I hadn’t finally opened up and talked to someone.”
Allie says she is now speaking up in the hopes that others will seek help. “A lot of people won’t talk about depression and anxiety, especially young people because they feel like they will be judged for it,” Allie said. “I feel like it’s my responsibility as someone who has suffered from it, and who has a platform, to discuss it.”
The rest of her interview can be read here.