Malika Haqq, known for being one of the twins in ATL, is opening up about her battle with anxiety. She once took Xanax to manage her symptoms but has ditched the medication and replaced it with CBD oil.
Managing that mental illness is so easy task.
“Anyone who truly does have anxiety knows that it’s a problem,” Haqq told Page Six. “The majority of our issues start in our head and the way we think about things … but real stresses in life they’re not really going to go away.”
Haqq says the Xanax, along with therapy and meditation, was helpful but she became more concerned about what it was doing to her body.
“It isn’t that those things didn’t help me, but I actually needed to be on medication,” she told People. “But the older I’ve gotten, I’ve gotten wiser and more protective of myself and the things I put in my body.”
CBD, short for cannabidiol, is the non-intoxicating chemical in the cannibals plant and has been shown to have anti-inflammatory qualities. More research is being done on how effective it is for treating anxiety, but for Haqq it is her go to.
“It’s the way you process them and why not have a natural solution to help you deal with it.”
The 36-year-old added that it helps her manage her busy schedule and filming Keeping Up With The Kardashians.
“I’m constantly dealing with like — and this is not a complaint it’s a blessing — to be dealing with deals and contracts and a thousand personalities when you’re around productions all the time,” she said. “Those things can become highly overwhelming and because I’m always in a very busy setting that continues to change I’m often very anxiety stricken.”
Haqq made it clear that attending psychotherapy has been a priority since her childhood.
“I’ve had a therapist since I was a child. Not the same one, but I’ve always been into realizing if there’s a problem there is a solution, so I think taking care of yourself mind, body and soul is a very big deal. It’s something I’m huge on, and I also believe no matter how much people tell you to breathe and count to 10 sometimes you do need additional help.”