On the heels of Ke$ha checking herself into rehab for an eating disorder, Pretty Little Liars star Troian Bellisario opens up about her struggles as a teen with an eating disorder and harming herself.

In the February 2014 issue of Seventeen, L.A.-born Bellisario opens up about her stressful upbringing.

“I was the youngest daughter, the perfect little girl. My school was a very intense college prep school. So it was about wanting to please my father and mother and wanting to be perfect to everybody. I just thought if I ever expressed to [my parents] any sadness or anger or anything that’s going on with me, they would disown me. I kept a lot of it bottled up inside, and it turned into self-destructive behavior.”

She added that she “started self-harming” during her junior year of high school. “I would withhold food or withhold going out with my friends, based on how well I did that day in school. Being a teenager is chaotic because you’re kind of coming into your own, but you’re not an adult; you’re fighting with your parents over responsibilities and freedom. I didn’t know what was right and what was wrong, so I think I created this bizarre system of checks and balances to create order in my world. But it really backfired.”

This just breaks my heart. I know they’re so many teens who have these same struggles and are hurting themselves. If you need someone to talk to you can always reach out to me here at AMP! You can also find help and support by CLICKING HERE.

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