Days following Delilah Belle Hamlin‘s rehab stint reveal, her mom, Lisa Rinna, took to social media to share support for her eldest daughter — and shed some light on the condition the model suffers from called PANDAS. The 56-year-old also shouted out her younger daughter, Amelia Grey Hamlin, who recently opened up about her battle with an eating disorder.
“First of all I want to say how proud I am of both of our girls,” the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star wrote on her Instagram Stories on Monday, July 22, according to Us Weekly. “I am in awe of how brave and courageous they are!”
“Roughly 10 percent of the pediatric population will develop PANDAS to some degree,” the former soap star revealed about her daughter’s disorder. “In Delilah’s case, the condition was extreme and caused serious anxiety and multiple phobias … Thankfully, we found the appropriate therapies and overtime she is doing much much better.”
According to a definition given by the National Institute of Mental Health, a PANDAS diagnosis is likely when “obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and/or tic disorders suddenly appear following a strep infection (such as strep throat or scarlet fever), or the symptoms of OCD or tic symptoms suddenly become worse following a strep infection.” Children diagnosed with PANDAS may display moodiness, irritability and may suffer from anxiety attacks.
Delilah herself, 21, took to her Instagram Stories a day later to express her solidarity with fans and followers who may also be suffering from the condition or know a family member or friend who is close to the disorder.
“The amount of moms, the amounts of parents, children, people who struggle with PANDAS is shocking,” the model said on her IG on Tuesday, July 23. “People have been messaging me about anxiety, depression.”
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“You’re not alone. In my opinion, mental disease is not a disease,” she continued in her video. “You’re just different. So it shouldn’t be stigmatized as something that is bad or negative. Everyone is equally their own person, and it’s not bad. So I just want to be here to spread awareness and use my platform for good.”
She even highlighted several fan DMs about the illness in her Story, connecting further with the community. You go, girl.
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