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Dove Cameron shares struggles with depression, dysphoria

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Dove Cameron shares struggles with depression, dysphoria
Dove Cameron discussed her issues with identity and self-hatred in a candid post. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

May 19 (UPI) -- Dove Cameron is opening up about her struggles with depression and dysphoria.

The 26-year-old singer and actress discussed her issues with identity and self-hatred in a candid post Wednesday on Instagram.

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Cameron shared a slideshow of tearful selfies and described how she has been "struggling lately with the concept of self" and feeling "terrorized" by her identity and image.

"sexuality and performative gender norms, societal rewards and identity are really throwing me for a loop," she wrote. "social media and mirrors and branding and the constant broadcasting of self and visibility of ourselves and everyone everywhere is not optimal for mental health."

Cameron said she is "investigating" and "struggling more than half of the time" with questions about who she is versus her "outer perceivable self."

"we all deserve a life unburdened by the societally created identity, we all deserve to unlearn self abuse and self hatred. i am on that journey now, and i'm sharing so that we may all feel more comfortable in a conversation that may be confusing," she wrote.

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In the caption, Cameron said she most often feels "pulled towards no identity at all."

"i feel most natural as something imperceivable to myself, an energy and a presence," the star wrote.

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Singer and actress Kristin Chenoweth was among those to show support for Cameron in the comments.

"Darling One. Remember: 'when the wind did not blow her way in the storm. What does she do? She adjusts her sails,'" Chenoweth wrote.

Cameron is known for playing the title characters on the Disney Channel series Liv and Maddie. She also portrays Mal in Disney Channel's Descendants film series.

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