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Porsha Williams Reveals She Contemplated Suicide as a Child While Struggling with Depression.

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Porsha Williams reveals that she considered suicide as a child during a time period when she was struggling with depression.

“I was too young to even understand what I was dealing with,” the Real Housewives of Atlanta star told PEOPLE. “It wasn’t until I was about 29 that I really identified with the word ‘depression.’”

“I developed different skills to survive. Like speaking positively to myself and not focusing in on all of the negative,” she continued. “My daughter has saved my life. She has truly saved my life,” she shared. “And in the end of my book, I actually call her my little lifesaver. It’s a great way for me to pull myself out of anything.”

The reality TV star opens up about her past brushes with suicide in her upcoming memoir, “The Pursuit of Porsha.” She also talks about her recent battle with postpartum depression following the birth of her daughter, Pilar, in 2019.

“I had to survive that in order to be a good mom for [Pilar], so when I was able to come out of postpartum depression, that was just another thing that let me know, this is my little lifesaver,” she explained. “I never have to get to a place where I don’t want to live anymore because I’m living for my daughter.”

While Porsha took a break from going to therapy while writing her memoir, she has every intention to return to it in the near future. She also noted that her fiancé, Simon Guobadia, has gone to therapy.

“He’s a big advocate for going to therapy, so he’s done a lot of work on himself, and I have been doing a lot of work on myself,” she said. “I knew very early on that he was the one for me.”

Season 14 of RHOA will likely premiere on Bravo in early Spring 2022.

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