Kevin Smith, the renowned writer-director behind cult favorites such as “Clerks” and “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back,” has opened up about his experience with psychiatric treatment to heal from past sexual abuse and trauma.
Smith revealed after suffering from intensive therapy treatment at Arizona (Jan 2022) in an interview with People magazine “complete break from reality.“
Smith explained that he had created a larger-than-life persona as the comedic “other guy” to cope with his past trauma. He recalled being forced to perform sexual acts on a young girl by an older boy when he was just six years old. Smith had convinced himself that the trio was “just playing doctor in an alleyway,” but his therapist helped him realize that it was sexual abuse.
“Smith said, “This is sexual abuse when someone tells you to do anything that goes against your basic morals,” and I said “I had not protested if I stopped living”. Then I told a friend to come here and told him that I am afraid of darkness and I need to get outside “That I am in a scary place and need help to go outside place“.
Smith also took part in individual and group treatment sessions at the mental health center with people who suffered from PSTD. He also noted that there are many patients who were military experienced and it was also difficult for him to discuss his experience with them. However, he noticed and discovered that there is no difference between the human brain and that ” trauma is trauma.”
Since completing treatment, Smith has made changes to his lifestyle, including stopping smoking marijuana and using social media less. He hopes to become comfortable being alone with his thoughts, and he is releasing a first-person video account of his mental health journey.
“Smith said”” that I am worried about the reaction of everyone, but I know there is no one there who has an idea about this stuff, like me, who known about this”
Smith’s openness about his mental health journey and past trauma is a powerful reminder that anyone can struggle with mental health issues, regardless of their public persona or success. It is also a testament to the importance of seeking help and support when struggling with trauma and mental health issues.