There was a lot of joking at the time that Donald Trump “broke” so-called comedian Kathy Griffin after she opted to pose for a photo while holding a bloodied, decapitated mock-up head of the former president.
Turns out, she remains broken to this day, according to an Instagram post she shared over the weekend.
It is clear that Griffin was ill-prepared to handle the onslaught that came her way after the shocking photo was released. Trump said in a tweet at the time, “Kathy Griffin should be ashamed of herself. My children, especially my 11 year old son, Barron, are having a hard time with this. Sick!” Griffin countered by claiming she “didn’t do anything wrong,” and eventually played the victim, citing her age at the time — 56 — to say, “I will not be convinced this was not a straight-up case of sexism and ageism. I really think Trump went for me because I was an easy target.”
Fast forward to today, and Griffin has publicly expressed that she has an “extreme case” of “complex PTSD.”
“I have been diagnosed with complex PTSD and for the last year and a half I have been plagued with terrifying panic attacks,” she wrote on Instagram. “Sometimes they last a few hours or more typically, they last at least a full day if not multiple days in a row. I feel silly even telling you this, because I always thought PTSD was just for veterans and stuff.”
In the accompanying video, Griffin explained that she had an anxiety attack the day before that lasted 8 hours and that she spent that time “freaking writhing in pain in the bed.” She further explained that she felt like another attack may be coming in and that she opted to take a walk on the beach, which is where she is recording the clip.
Appealing to her followers for a sense of kinship, she added in the caption, “During my attacks, I typically vomit quite a bit and often have to go to the ER just to get IV fluids. Anybody else?”
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Griffin also talked about her stated “diagnosis” in a TikTok post, asking her followers for advice on how to deal with anxiety and depression.
“Let’s talk about PTSD. Never talked about it publicly,” she said in the video. “You can laugh or whatever, but I’ve been diagnosed with complex PTSD, and it’s called an extreme case.”
“If any of you know my story, you’ll understand that this really started for me about 5 ½ years ago,” Griffin added, this being a reference to her ill-fated decision to pose with the bloodied mock-up of Trump’s head.
@kathygriffin Never talked about this publicly. I have lots of tools, but it is extremely intense. I’ve never experienced anything like this in my life. If you’re someone who also deals with this, I am sending you lots and lots of #love. ##PTSD##Depression##Anxiety##ComplexPTSD ♬ original sound – realkathygriffin
In yet another post that may have been targeting those who book events, Griffin felt compelled to add this: “I don’t have anxiety about performing, but I have anxiety about life.”
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