“I’m going to be seeking treatment for my battles,” she reveals, without giving specifics about what type of treatment she’ll receive. “I’m going to work through it. I’m going to get help and make better choices.”
Emma’s been acting since she was 10 — she’s also appeared on Showtime’s Shameless since 2011. And in recent months she has been struggling with the dark side of child stardom. “I was running with a really fast crowd. I was being naive and very immature, and I was doing things I should not be doing because it was illegal and I’m not 21,” she exclusively tells In Touch. “It wasn’t healthy, and it was making me feel even worse — anxious and depressed. It was just a slippery slope that I did not want to go down. And I knew that I needed to stop it.”
Though Emma says her issues have not affected her work, her private life has suffered. “I just didn’t know how to deal with stress, so I would have an occasional wild night. I would go out to clubs and bars with older friends in Hollywood,” she explains.
“Now, in treatment, I will work on finding other ways to cope with boredom, find hobbies and better learn how to deal with stress,” she continues, adding that her parents, closest friends and co-stars have been supportive. “I just think I need a mental sanity break and a break from the Hollywood scene.”
Emma starts filming the next season of Shameless in May; then comes another season of Roseanne. She says she’s speaking out because she wants to help others who are struggling.
“I just want to send a message to my fans saying that it’s OK to admit that you need help, and it doesn’t make you weak. I know I’m making the right choice by going to treatment, and I’m going to come out the other side the right Emma, the true Emma that I’ve always been.”
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