Leah Remini opens up about navigating permienopause while battling depression and anxiety almost daily since leaving the Church of Scientology.
In a new post, uploaded to X (formerly known as Twitter) and Instagram, The King of Queens star, 53, gave a candid account of her physical and mental health challenges.
She shared that she is going through perimenopause, which is the transition period before menopause.
“In addition to my struggles with depression, my body seemed to change overnight, something that women my age (53) experience naturally, but I know it is still a shock for many of us,” added the star.
Symptoms include difficulty sleeping, night sweats, headaches, difficulty concentrating, mood swings, hot flashes and more, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine.
“I wrote this because I often feel very alone experiencing it, and by writing about this and sharing it publicly, I hope to feel less isolated and can make some of you feel the same,” she concluded.
He also revealed that he has had an ongoing battle with depression since leaving Scientology in 2013.
She became a fierce critic of the organization after it left and published a best-selling memoir, Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology, in 2015. She also appeared in a documentary called Scientology and the Aftermath.
In her post on Tuesday, she described herself as a “tough girl from Brooklyn,” but admitted it’s been “a constant struggle to push myself” to “experience” life without fear.
Leah Remini opens up about coping with fear, depression, and anxiety almost daily since leaving the Church of Scientology in 2013 (seen 2019).
‘I have to fight this in me every day. The process starts again from the moment I wake up; I want to go out; I want to experience so many things, including the mundane, and most days I don’t,” the mother of one explained.
She went on to detail her battle with depression and how she was “consumed by fear” when leaving home.
On Monday, however, the Kevin Can Wait star said he’s been pushing himself lately to do “something unfamiliar and uncomfortable.”
For her, this means “saying yes instead of no to the opportunities that involve getting out” of her closed community and “venturing out into the world” again.
“This is very important to me because, over the past few years, I have said ‘no’ to a lot of things, from invitations to go out with friends to attending events and traveling,” she wrote.
Remini reminded readers that she “escaped from Scientology in 2013” and was allegedly “constantly followed by Scientology agents and operatives.”
“These people hide in the shadows to monitor my movements and who I meet so they can report to Scientology’s intelligence agency, the Office of Special Affairs, which reports directly to David Miscavige,” he said.
Remini accused members of the Church of Scientology of intentionally taking “unflattering photos” of her to “embarrass” her.
The Emmy winner claimed that “her posts include lewd headlines similar to ‘Jobless Leah, Dumped by Hollywood Because She’s Bigoted…’ and ‘Leah Sitting Alone Because She Has No Friends.'”
She told her followers that she knows they “hope” it will “impact” her “psychologically” and influence people to stay away from her.
“Scientology has moved from those tactics, which are bad enough, to hiring vulnerable people living with serious mental illness to harass and intimidate me,” his statement read. “These people, who are being exploited by a tax-exempt organization with religious status, do not know who they work for or why they do it.”
Remini accused the group of relentlessly “endangering” her, her loved ones and her colleagues.
In a court case last year, he also accused them of breaking into his gated community.
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Lately, he said his victories include visiting friends or his mother.
‘I often post photos and videos of mundane things for my friends because I silently celebrate having done so. It’s huge! “Given my depression and my very justified fears of being persecuted, as well as my concern for the safety of my friends, it is a very important thing to overcome,” she stated.
As for why she decided to share her struggles, Remini said she “wanted to share what I’ve been going through” to ensure that other people struggling with “depression, anxiety or whatever reason” understand the pain.
Remini also noted that “out of nowhere” she started getting hives due to an unknown allergic reaction and that she has to carry an EpiPen everywhere, just in case it comes back.
Despite leaving the organization a decade ago, Remini said it has been “a constant struggle to push myself” to “experience” life without fear, and describes visits with her mother as a “victory.”