American actress Delta Burke's spell in hospital is the result of a lifetime battle with anxiety and depression.
The 51-year-old star checked herself into a clinic earlier this month to battle obsessive compulsive disorder and "hoarding".
Speaking for the first time since, Burke reveals she has suffered anxiety attacks since she was in kindergarten and has been depressed since she was 13.
She claims her problems escalated after doctors prescribed her a number of drugs to combat her symptoms.
Burke tells Entertainment Tonight, "I was on five different kinds of medication. After a couple of years the meds stopped working. I needed an adjustment under a physician's care. I was being proactive. Now I'm on two medications."
She reveals she contemplated suicide during her darkest time, on the set of U.S. sitcom Designing Women: "It was a very desperate time. I was parked in the car in the Hills with a gun and a bottle of Xanax beside me, trying to recover from harsh words said in the tabloids. I just wanted the pain to go away. I didn't want to die. If I ever really wanted to be dead, I'd be dead."
She adds of her OCD, "At one time I had 27 storage units. I don't have a big enough house! My mom had it, it's my mother's fault! She saved the diaper I came home from the hospital in!
"I want people to pursue mental help the same as they would pursue physical help, like cancer. I will be the face of depression."
LATEST: A representative for beloved American TV star Delta Burke has denied she checked into a psychiatric hospital to seek mental health treatment.
The 51-year-old actress - who is famed for her role in 1980s U.S. comedy Designing Women - was reported to have checked into hospital to help cure her acute obsessive compulsive disorder and "hoarding".
However, Gerald MCRaney, a spokesman for the star, insists she is not in a psychiatric institution.
He tells People.com, "Delta is in a clinic - not a psych ward - to adjust medication. This is something she does one or twice a year. The tabloids have blown it up as if she's landed in a mental institution.
"It's not true."
And MCRaney is unsure how long the actress will remain at the facility.
He adds, "Based on past experience, it's anywhere from three days to two weeks. They eliminate everything and then monitor her as they reintroduce the same drugs or new drugs, then see how she responds."
Beloved American TV star Delta Burke has checked into a psychiatric hospital in a desperate bid to conquer her obsessive-compulsive disorder and "hoarding" issues.
The 51-year-old actress - who is famed for her role in U.S. comedy Designing Women in the late 1980s - admits she feared becoming one of those sad women who die under a pile of collected newspapers and bric-a-brack.
She tells TMZ.com, "I was on so many medications and they just weren't working and I knew I needed to get my meds worked out. I was on five (different medications).
"We were thinking the mania hadn't been properly diagnosed.
"I have severe depression. I knew I had general anxiety and I knew I had problems with obsessive compulsion and the hoarding, which I really want to work on.
"Have you seen those shows where they don't find the body for days? And they go in to clean up, and it's stacks of newspapers up to the ceiling? That's hoarding, and I hate it."
A Nashville CBS affiliate has canceled the appearances of actors Delta Burke and Leslie Jordan on a local talk show in order to avoid offending the show's "very conservative viewership," TMZ.com reported Thursday. According to the website, the two performers were to have appeared on WTVF's Talk of the Town to promote two gay-themed plays in which they are appearing in Nashville. However, they later received an email saying that the producers, "after closely reviewing the subject matter of the two plays ... have decided that it would not be in the best interest of Talk of the Town to [have] an actor come on the show to discuss the plays." The two plays, Southern Baptist Sissies and Sordid Lives, by writer-producer-director Del Shores, have won numerous awards.
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