Celeb Chrissy Teigen Opens Up About ‘Dark Times’, Mental Health

Model Chrissy Teigen has opened up about her past and said she has endured many difficult times. The 38-year-old, who rose to fame as a cover model for Sports Illustrated in 2010, wrote on social media about her experiences on a rope climbing adventure and how this reminded her of the fears she has carried throughout her life. Teigen said she expected to be “fearless” during the exercise, but “I’m still so scared.” 

Among the tragedies the TV personality has suffered was the loss of her unborn child in 2020 and later “seeing” him during ketamine therapy on her birthday. Ketamine therapy is a process during which participants take low doses of the drug to treat depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). 

Ketamine, which is sometimes used recreationally, can have positive impacts on depression, advocates say. Experiments in 2000 found it reduced symptoms within 72 hours, and in 2019, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sanctioned its inclusion in a nasal spray, Spravato, for the treatment of low mood. 

Ms. Teigen said the son she lost visited her during a ketamine experience last December and that afterward, she “cried and cried.” The model and her husband, 44-year-old John Legend, were forced to terminate the pregnancy when doctors told them giving birth would risk Teigen’s life because of a partial placental abruption. 

This severe complication occurs when the placenta detaches from the womb wall, leaving the baby with no access to its mother’s nutrients and the mother at severe risk of dangerously heavy bleeding. In the United States, over 1% of annual maternal deaths are caused by placental abruption.

A vocal critic of Donald Trump, Teigan supports several organizations for mothers-to-be facing similar circumstances and supported numerous abortion groups after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v Wade. She regularly donates to Planned Parenthood, and to celebrate Mr. Trump’s 72nd birthday, she gave $72,000 to the American Civil Liberties Union.