Gabrielle Union experienced suicidal ideation after a 'stupid argument' with her husband in 2020

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Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade attend Stance Spades At NBA All-Star 2020 at City Hall on February 15, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois. Photo by Johnny Nunez/ Getty Images for Stance
Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade attend Stance Spades At NBA All-Star 2020 at City Hall on February 15, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois. Photo by Johnny Nunez/ Getty Images for Stance

The actress and presenter – who is married to basketball star Dwyane Wade – revealed that many years in therapy helped her cope when she started struggling with suicidal thoughts after a “stupid argument” with her husband in December.

Gabrielle explained that she has been experiencing perimenopause – which can cause a wide range of symptoms associated with hormonal disruption since she was in her 30s, but "symptoms reached a fever pitch" last year.

Speaking to Gwyneth Paltrow during the Goop Health Virtual Summit, she said, "I thought I was losing my mind. I thought I had early-onset dementia, Alzheimer's. I gained 20 pounds overnight of water retention, inflammation, bizarre."

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"I couldn't think. Now, when I have to public speak in the last few months, I'm so anxious because I'm like, 'Am I going to remember words?'

"I've had more depressive episodes, but never for a long period. Maybe a couple of weeks. I fell into something so dark in December that it scared me. I had a stupid argument with D, and instead of my usual problem-solving immediately, my brain, that little inner voice, said, 'He's never going to get it unless you're dead.' Only because I've been in therapy for half my life that I was like, 'No, I don't know who is talking now, it's not my intuition," she explains.

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"I was able to get through it with talk therapy and diving into how I can regulate my hormones. Luckily, I was at home, and I alerted everyone," she added.

“Separating the symptoms from who you are to say that it’s a challenge, I don’t think I have the words, or I lost them, to describe what these last few months have been."

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