Kelly Ripa Reveals Her Personal Journey with Therapy

Kelly Ripa, the beloved host of “Live with Kelly and Mark,” recently opened up about her decision to start therapy at the age of 40. In a candid and heartfelt discussion on her podcast, “Let’s Talk Off Camera,” Ripa shared the pivotal moment that led her to seek professional help.

It all started with a seemingly innocent encounter at a bar mitzvah, where a friend asked Ripa how she was doing. Surprisingly, her response was unexpected tears. Reflecting on this incident, Ripa humorously shared, “I started sobbing, and I wasn’t entirely sure why.” It was at that moment that Ripa realized she needed support and her friend promptly recommended therapy.

Therapy turned out to be a transformative experience for Ripa. She discovered profound insights about herself and finally understood why she had struggled to embrace success. Ripa’s upcoming memoir, “Live Wire: Long-Winded Short Stories,” delves further into her ongoing battle with social anxiety disorder, debunking the misconception that extroverted personalities are always outgoing.

Contrary to what many believe, Ripa faces daily challenges due to her social anxiety. She explains, “People think that because I’m an extrovert on television, I am one in real life. Surprise! That’s why they call it acting.” This revelation shows the depth of Ripa’s emotional struggles and the courage it takes for her to navigate her personal life.

During the podcast episode, Ripa was joined by Tyler Perry, who shared his perspective on therapy. While Perry himself has never participated in therapy, he acknowledged the therapeutic nature of writing. He learned from his friend Oprah that writing can be “cathartic” and a way to externalize pain.

Ripa hopes that by sharing her vulnerabilities, she can encourage others to seek help when needed and create a better understanding of mental well-being. Her openness and honesty serve as an inspiration for all of us to prioritize our mental health.

If you’re interested in hearing more of Ripa’s insightful discussion on mental health and the benefits of therapy, you can watch the video below.

Has Ripa’s journey and her openness about therapy resonated with your own experiences with mental health? Remember, seeking help is not a sign of weakness but a courageous step towards healing and self-discovery. You are never alone on this journey.


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