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Demi Lovato Admits She Struggled With Suicidal Thoughts at Age Seven

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Demi Lovato has always been open about her struggles with depression and self-harm, and recently, she's shared more about her journey that makes her story even more heartbreaking. During an appearance on Dr. Phil that is set to air Tuesday, Demi revealed that she had suicidal thoughts as early as age seven, and even being that young, she felt that killing herself might be a viable way of ending her pain.

“The very first time I was suicidal was when I was seven. I had this fascination with death,” Demi told Dr. Phil. “I have experienced things that I have not talked about, and I don't know if I ever will talk about. But at seven, I knew that if I were to take my own life, that the pain would end.”

Sadly, that wasn't the end of her suicidal thoughts. In the interview, she added that they have come back during times in her life where her depression is particularly difficult to cope with.

But today, it seems like she's doing so much better, and as Demi told Dr. Phil, she's continuing to grow and work on herself, especially where food and eating are concerned.

“I feel like I've conquered my addiction and alcoholism, where I don't even think about it anymore,” she said. “But my struggles with my food issues are something that I still deal with. But I'm growing, and I'm in a really good place today.”

Over the last several years, Demi has shared so many personal things about her battle with an eating disorder, mental illness, and addiction, and last week, she celebrated six years sober. It's amazing to see how far she's come, and it's even better for fans to see her living a healthy and happy life now that she's managed to overcome so many of the issues that plagued her for so long.

Demi's openness is huge when it comes to reducing the stigma around mental illness, and even by sharing really dark stuff like the fact that she considered suicide at just seven years old, she's being the change she wants to see in the world. Talking about it is so important, even if it makes some people uncomfortable. Keep doing you, Demi — we're so glad she's still here.

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