EXCLUSIVE: Courtney Stodden, 22, reveals she is addicted to prescription drugs - which she mixes with CHAMPAGNE - after turning to them to cope with anxiety and depression after her miscarriage
- Courtney Stodden, 22, said she has resorted to prescription drugs to cope
- She said she suffers from anxiety and mixes her medication with champagne
- The aspiring actress said she thinks she is headed down a destructive path
- Stodden made headlines when she married actor Doug Hutchinson in 2011
- The blonde beauty was 16 years old at the time and he was 50 years old
- The young woman suffered a miscarriage in 2016 and used a reborn baby
At the tender age of 16 in 2011, Courtney Stodden was thrown into the spotlight by marrying then-50-year-old actor Doug Hutchinson.
Six years later, at 22, she has suffered a miscarriage and is in the midst of a bitter divorce from her senior husband.
Now, she reveals the grief and pressure have driven her to become dependent on prescription drugs.
Last night Stodden spoke exclusively with DailyMail.com about how she resorted to dangerous methods - such as mixing pills with champagne - to 'numb' her emotions after experiencing a series of 'traumatic experiences'.
And today the aspiring actress will appear today on The Doctors, seeking help from the on-set experts to explain her personal torment and discuss how to move forward.
Stodden admits on the show that it was 'crazy' to marry 56-year-old actor Doug Hutchinson when she was 16 years old and he was 50 years old.
She said it's difficult to talk about last year's miscarriage and recognized that mixing champagne with anti-anxiety medication would lead her down a slippery path.
Now Stodden said she is moving forward in her battle against her 'demons' of anxiety and depression, and is trying to focus on finding herself.
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Last night, ahead of the episode, Stodden spoke exclusively with DailyMail.com (pictured on FaceTime), about how she resorted to dangerous methods - such as mixing pills with champagne - to 'numb' her emotions after experiencing a series of 'traumatic experiences'
She said she drinks champagne while on her medication and added she is worried this would lead her down a dangerous path. Pictured: A tweet from Stodden after her miscarriage in 2016
Courtney Stodden, 22, has revealed her addiction to prescription drugs in order to cope with her pain after having a miscarriage last year (right) and to deal with current divorce from Doug Hutchinson
DANGERS OF MIXING ALCOHOL WITH MEDICATION
Doctors advise against drinking while taking certain medication.
Mixing the two may worsen the symptoms that the medication is working to overcome.
Risk factors of taking prescribed medication while drinking include feeling more depressed or anxious.
Drinking can counteract the benefits of the medication, making symptoms more difficult to treat.
Alcohol may seem to improve moods in the short term, but its overall effect increases symptoms of depression and anxiety.
When combined with certain types of alcoholic beverages and foods, antidepressants called monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) can cause a dangerous spike in blood pressure.
The combination of certain medication and alcohol will affect coordination, judgment and reaction time (motor skills) more than alcohol alone.
Stodden said she knew she needed to get help when she saw herself becoming more dependent on her anti-anxiety medication and was drinking while on it.
Speaking to DailyMail.com, Stodden said: 'I didn't want to get comfortable and keep doing that and then not wake up one day.'
Stodden said she always dealt with anxiety and suppressed her depression.
She said something shifted two years ago and her anxiety worsened began to 'spiral out of control'.
It was during this time period Stodden announced she was separating from her husband following a heartbreaking miscarriage at 13 weeks pregnant.
Stodden added: 'I was prescribed anti-anxiety medication about a year ago.
'I was suppressing my emotions and finding distractions, partying with friends and having a different persona.'
Stodden said she could see herself getting to the point of reliance on the pills and said: 'Right now I'm trying to dig myself out of that hole.'
Appearing on the medical show, Stodden opened up about her addiction to her pills to calm herself down.
She said: 'I want some sense of normalcy now. I don't know if I'm coping in the most healthy way.
'I'm partying too hard probably. I have been taking anti-anxiety mediation, otherwise I feel like I'm going to jump out the window.'
Stodden added: 'I don't want to get into a self-destructive pattern. If I continue down this path then I'm going to end up there.'
Stodden was thrown in the public eye when she was 16 years old and became an overnight household name due to her controversial relationship with Hutchinson.
She said they fell in love while he was giving her acting classes and eight months later they were married in 2011.
Her mother signed off on the marriage because in California the legal age to marry is 18 unless there is parental consent.
Stodden said her relationship with her mother is now estranged due to 'shattered trust'.
She added: 'Throughout the years lots of things has happened. I wonder how a parent can sign off a 16-year-old to a 50-year-old?'
Stodden said she always dealt with anxiety and suppressed her depression. She said something shifted two years ago and her anxiety worsened began to 'spiral out of control'
Stodden was thrown in the public eye when she was 16 years old due to her controversial marriage to Hutchinson, who was 50 years old at the time
After her miscarriage Stodden used a reborn doll to help her work through her emotions
In July of 2016, Stodden, who was 21 years old at the time, suffered a miscarriage of her first child who was 13 weeks old.
She went through the heartbreak in a very public manner, shaving her head, photographed clutching her stomach and carrying a reborn doll.
Following the news of the miscarriage, Stodden and Hutchinson announced in early 2017 they were separated and headed towards a divorce.
Stodden said: 'A split is really hard. Doug and I are on really good terms but it's just hard, you know, because we're trying to hang on to our friendship because we are best friends and we don't want to part in a disastrous Hollywood way.'
Stodden said the thing she fears most is losing Hutchinson in the process because he is her 'rock'.
In the meantime, she said she was dating around and spending time figuring out who she was.
In the United States, around one percent of all pregnancies end in stillbirth, around 24,000 yearly.
A stillbirth is the death or loss of a baby before or during delivery. If the baby dies before the 20th week of pregnancy, it is characterized as a miscarriage.
After 20 weeks it is called a stillbirth.
Research at Imperial College London found that nearly four in ten women who experience a miscarriage have symptoms similar to post-traumatic stress disorder.
They experience intrusive or unwanted thoughts about their miscarriage, as well as nightmares or flashbacks, according to the study, which was published in the journal BMJ Open.
There have been calls for more psychological support for women who miscarry.
Many women who miscarry their baby feel so ashamed they can’t even talk to their husbands about it, a study from a baby charity found in 2015.
A survey found that 70 percent of women who miscarried felt guilty, 79 percent felt a failure and 35 percent said they didn’t feel they could share their pain with the baby’s father.
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