Johannesburg - Author Zoleka Mandela opened up about her struggles with depression in a lengthy post on her Instagram page.
The star, who recently revealed that she is pregnant with her fifth child, did not hold back when addressing her depression, saying that she has been finding it difficult to "shower, be a wife, to be okay, to get out of bed, to leave the house, to stop crying, to be mom or to breathe."
"I'm drowning and I have been feeling numb and empty, it's all-consuming and heavy - sometimes I don't want to face the very things I know that I should," the star wrote.
Zoleka admits that being back in therapy after eight years, though not easy, has taught her to start making more positive changes in her life. One of which is being completely open about the illness.
"I think what I'm wanting to say is... I'm depressed and maybe if I'm more honest about these emotions that are representative of the rawness of my reality, the silence won't be bigger than I am."
The star ended off her post by saying that she feels "more determined to overcome" her feelings of "hopelessness and self-blame".
READ HER FULL POST HERE: