Actress Mvelo Makhanya celebrated her 21st birthday this past weekend. Whilst everything looks like it’s going well for the actress who seems happy, it hasn’t been all rosey for the 21 year old. Scandal’s Mvelo Makhanya opens up about struggling with depression.

In a touching letter posted to Instagram, the actress shares her struggles with anxiety and depression amongst other things.

“A year ago around this time, I was in a psychiatric hospital in a war fighting a battle with myself, a battle with my depression, a battle with my bipolar and anxiety,” she wrote.

Mvelo writes how she never thought she’d make it out of the war she was in with herself. ” Every thought was a bullet, every movement a punch and every word was a stab in the heart. I was alive but dead, unaware of what was going on,” she writes.

Now a year later, the actress is in a much better place sharing how she’s looking forward to more life. Glad she’s doing well now.