Kevin Smith Opens Up About Childhood Traumas and Mental Health Journey.
Kevin Smith, the famous film director, opened up for the first time publicly about his month-long stay in the Sierra Tucson treatment center in Arizona earlier this year. The 52-year-old filmmaker, who has always struggled with self-loathing, revealed that he had a “complete break from reality” in January, which led him to seek help.
Smith has spent his life trying to compensate for the psychological trauma he experienced as a child. At just six years old, he was forced to perform sexual acts with a young neighborhood girl by an older boy he didn’t know.
His therapist later framed the incident as sexual abuse, which had a lasting impact on Smith. At nine, Smith’s fourth-grade teacher made fun of the size of his “gut” in front of the class, which led him to create a public persona he calls “the other guy.”
Smith’s work became his refuge, and he became famous at 24 when his indie film “Clerks” became a hit. However, he realized he had lost his sense of self and needed to change. Smith spent hours a day in private and group therapy sessions at the Sierra Tucson treatment center.
At first, it was difficult for him to open up, but he soon learned that trauma is trauma and there is no differentiation between levels of trauma to the human nervous system. He learned about the healing power of self-acceptance and mindfulness exercises.
Smith has also stopped smoking pot and reduced his social media use. He hopes to slow down his work schedule and learn to be comfortable sitting alone. Smith wants to spread the message about caring for one’s mind and is determined to get the word out to others who could benefit from hearing his story.
He has released an intimate, first-person video account of his mental health journey, despite being terrified of everyone’s reaction to it. Smith’s experience is a reminder of the importance of seeking help and taking care of one’s mental health.
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