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Shazam’s Zachary Levi reveals he had a mental break down which forced him into a ‘psych ward’ 

Shazam’s Zachary Levi has revealed that five years ago he had a “complete nervous breakdown” and had thoughts of ending his life.

The actor, 41, said he… ‘Struggled with’ anxiety and depression for most of his life, but didn’t realize the magnitude of his problems until he hit rock bottom and forced him to seek treatment in a ‘psychiatric ward’.

Speaking on the Heart of the matter podcast, he said, “I’ve struggled with this stuff for most of my life. I didn’t realize I was struggling with these things until I was 37, about five years ago, and I had a complete nervous breakdown.”

'I had thoughts of ending my life': Zachary Levi, 41 of Shazam, revealed he had a complete nervous breakdown that forced him to a 'psych ward' (pictured in 2021)

‘I had thoughts of ending my life’: Zachary Levi, 41 of Shazam, revealed he had a complete nervous breakdown that forced him to a ‘psych ward’ (pictured in 2021)

During the chat he has recalled moving to Austin, Texas and having trouble focusing on common tasks like unpacking and even finding a place to eat, which led to him having a panic attack while in his truck.

He said: “I probably drove around for 10 minutes not knowing which place to eat because I didn’t know which place was the right place to eat, instead of just saying, ‘Zach, just go get some food’.”

Add: ‘It doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter if you go to that pizzeria or that Chinese joint or whatever. Go get something to eat. If you’re hungry, go get something to eat.’

Sad: During the conversation, he recalled moving to Austin, Texas and struggling to focus on common tasks like unpacking and even finding a place to eat, which led to him having a panic attack while in his truck (pictured in the movie Shazam)

Sad: During the conversation, he recalled moving to Austin, Texas and struggling to focus on common tasks like unpacking and even finding a place to eat, which led to him having a panic attack while in his truck (pictured in the movie Shazam)

He continued: “I’m in my truck, and vividly I remember holding the wheel and just shaking it back and forth, like I was almost trying to shake myself free of what was going on, and I’m just getting used to it.” the crying. I’m just crying. I’m like, ‘God, help me.’

Tangled’s voiceover said he struggled with suicidal thoughts, which became especially more difficult as he moved away from his “support structure,” so he went to the hospital.

He candidly admitted, “I had very active thoughts about ending my life.”

Honest: The Tangled star struggled with suicidal thoughts, which became especially more difficult as he moved away from his 'support structure', so he took himself to the hospital (pictured in 2021)

Honest: The Tangled star struggled with suicidal thoughts, which became especially more difficult as he moved away from his ‘support structure’, so he took himself to the hospital (pictured in 2021)

‘It wasn’t the first time I had them. I had been to dark places before in my life, but I think I had people around me in those moments.

He continued, “I had foolishly, I mean, I think I made the right choice by moving to Austin. I don’t think I did it quite right.”

“I didn’t realize I was on the run from so much, but I moved here and I didn’t have anyone.”

Big Break: The actor rose to fame in the comedy series Chuck (pictured with co-star Yvonne Strahovski in 2010)

Big Break: The actor rose to fame in the comedy series Chuck (pictured with co-star Yvonne Strahovski in 2010)

‘I had no support structure. … So at this particular moment I am here in this beautiful city, but really alone, and darkness surrounds me again. The lies whisper in my ear and the failure that I felt I was enough to say, “Zach, it doesn’t feel like you’re going to make it.”

At the suggestion of a “best friend,” Zachary sought treatment at a psychiatric ward, where he underwent “intense, life-changing, life-saving therapy” for three weeks.

And these days, the Chuck actor manages his mental health issues with diet, exercise, and good sleep habits, as well as his faith.

He said: ‘Prayer and meditation are very important, which in some ways are also a bit synonymous, I think. Sometimes my prayer is meditation. Sometimes I just sit there and let God take over what that time is.’

The full podcast episode will be released on July 28.

Happier: Today, the Chuck actor manages his mental health issues with diet, exercise, and good sleep habits, as well as his faith (pictured with Shazam 2 co-stars (LR) Asher Angel, Helen Mirrn, Zachary, and Jack Dylan Grazer)

Happier: Today, the Chuck actor manages his mental health issues with diet, exercise, and good sleep habits, as well as his faith (pictured with Shazam 2 co-stars (LR) Asher Angel, Helen Mirrn, Zachary, and Jack Dylan Grazer)

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