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Kathy Griffin diagnosed with 'extreme case' of PTSD following 2017 backlash

Ben Thompson

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Kathy Griffin diagnosed with 'extreme case' of PTSD following 2017 backlash

Featured Image Credit: TikTok/Instagram/kathygriffin

Kathy Griffin has revealed that she has been diagnosed with an 'extreme form' of PTSD, following the fall out from her controversial 2017 photo shoot.

The 62-year-old comedian opened up about her diagnosis on TikTok, while asking fans for advice.

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The Primetime Emmy Award winner addressed her fans openly as she said: "Let's talk about PTSD. Never talked about it publicly."

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Griffin continued: "You can laugh or whatever, but I've been diagnosed with complex PTSD, and it's called an extreme case.

"If any of you know my story, you'll understand that this really started for me about 5 ½ years ago. Wink."

Kathy Griffin opened up about her diagnosis on TikTok. Credit: TikTok/@kathygriffin
Kathy Griffin opened up about her diagnosis on TikTok. Credit: TikTok/@kathygriffin

This is a reference to the controversial photo shoot that Griffin staged in 2017, in which she posed with a replica of then President Donald Trump's head, doused in fake blood.

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In the aftermath of this picture being shared online, Griffin's career prospects took a huge hit.

Griffin was fired from hosting CNN's New Year Eve's special, several of her gigs were also cancelled and she was investigated by the Secret Services and put on a 'No-Fly' list.

Griffin appealed for help from her followers as she said: "I would love to hear from you guys about depression or anxiety or stuff like that."

Fans were quick to offer her love and support in the comments section, for which Griffin thanked them as she revealed she was going to look into Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR).

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This diagnosis of PTSD isn't the only health concern that Griffin is attending to currently.

The comic was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2021 and says that this diagnosis hasn't helped with her mental health.

Griffin posted a picture of herself getting a MRI on Easter Sunday. Credit: Instagram/@kathygriffin
Griffin posted a picture of herself getting a MRI on Easter Sunday. Credit: Instagram/@kathygriffin

Griffin has been having a tough few years since her controversy in 2017, which she wrote about in an opinion piece for Newsweek in 2022.

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She penned: "Now, we're in such a time, exacerbated by social media, where we really have this universal lack of forgiveness.

"I realized I had better not leave my house for a couple of months, until everything slowed down.

"I started taking any prescription pill I could get my hands on. I was taking a lot of Valium, which is very addictive, and Xanax.

"I then overdosed on June 25, 2020 and went to the hospital on one of those psychiatric holds.

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"But I got the help I needed. And now I go to AA, even though I'm a pill girl."

Just recently, Griffin shared a snap of herself to Instagram as she revealed she was getting a MRI scan done on Easter Sunday.

The image shows her sat in a hospital hallway wrapped in a blanket and wearing a face mask.

Topics: Celebrity, Politics, TikTok, Mental Health

Ben Thompson
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