AnnaLynne McCord is someone you’ll recognize if you were a gay in the early-aughts because she was rich bad girl Eden Lord on Nip/Tuck and was the Kelly Taylor of the rebooted 90210. Well, it turns out that while AnnaLynne was busy being a hot actress, she was also busy dealing with mental trauma brought on through childhood sexual abuse and has now been diagnosed with a dissociative identity disorder which she sort of realized she had while working on 90210.
33-year-old AnnaLynne has been busy with her organization, The Love Storm, which “is a global initiative raising awareness on human trafficking in an educational and empowering way.” Back in 2019, AnnaLynne admitted to People that she was in treatment for PTSD and triggered memories of child sexual abuse from when she was very young which she’d previously mentally blocked out:
“I don’t have anything until around 5. Then from 5 to 11, I recount incidents throughout. Then when I was 13, I have a singled-out memory that was one thing, but I don’t have the sense of anything else at that time.”
AnnaLynne recently shared a conversation with Dr. Daniel Amen, where she opened up about being diagnosed with dissociative identity disorder diagnosis (DID was previously known as multiple personality disorder). AnnaLynne has no fucks to give when it comes to being shamed about her mental health:
“I am absolutely uninterested in shame. There is nothing about my journey that I invite shame into anymore. And that’s how we get to the point where we can articulate the nature of these pervasive traumas and stuff, as horrible as they are.”
AnnaLynne talked about how her acting career mirrored her undiagnosed mental trauma and she realized that the characters she played were emotional extremes as well:
The anti-trafficking activist revealed that her work as an actress helped bring her DID to light. “All of my roles were splits, but I didn’t even realize I was doing it at all until I did a project 90210,” she said of the Beverly Hills, 90210 spinoff, which ran on the CW for five seasons from 2008 to 2013.
It wasn’t until she filmed her 2012 horror movie Excision during a hiatus from the show that something was triggered. “I played a very cerebral, disturbed, strange little girl that was very close to who I feel I am on the inside. It was very exposing, very confronting, probably a bit re-traumatizing without realizing it,” she said of the role.
“The crazy thing about it was that I wrapped that film at 2 a.m. on a Tuesday and had to be happy, crazy Beverly Hills blonde bombshell on Wednesday at noon,” she recounted. “I couldn’t find her, she was not accessible. I was dark, I was very deep into this character Pauline, and I couldn’t get [out].”
AnnaLynne said that when she was a young teen at 13, she remembered being sort of aware of a split between her true self and a split personality she called “little Anna.”
“She was a balls to the wall, middle fingers to the sky, anarchist from hell who will stab you with the spike ring that she wears, and you’ll like it. Then she’ll make you lick the blood from it. She was a nasty little creature, but I have so much gratitude to her because she got me out of the hell that I was in.”
Here’s AnnaLynne talking to Dr. Amen about DID:
Good for AnnaLynne speaking out about this. It’s refreshing to see a young famous person bravely speak about real struggles and issues, unlike that time Kendall Jenner tried coming out as a stoner.