Tallulah Willis was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder after seeking in-patient treatment.
The “Whole Ten Yards” actress wrote in an essay for Vogue that her parents, Bruce Willis and Demi Moore, stepped in and sent her to Driftwood Recovery in Texas in June 2022 after her fiancé, Dillon Buss, ended their engagement and she started struggling with anorexia again.
It was there that she was diagnosed with BPD.
“I was introduced to a variety of therapies, my medication was retooled, and I was given a new diagnosis: Borderline Personality Disorder, an illness that impairs the ability to regulate emotions and find stability in relationships,” the 29-year-old explained.
According to the Cleveland Clinic, borderline personality disorder is “mental health condition” that causes people to have “extreme mood swings, unstable relationships and trouble controlling their emotions.”
Tallulah said she was treated and left Texas four months later feeling “a lot better.”
“I realized that what I wanted more than harmony with my body was harmony with my family—to no longer worry them, to bring a levity to my sisters and my parents,” she explained.
Now that she’s in a better headspace, Tallulah said she can focus on her famous father’s health as he battles frontotemporal dementia.
“In the past I was so afraid of being destroyed by sadness, but finally I feel that I can show up and be relied upon,” she shared.
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“I can savor that time, hold my dad’s hand, and feel that it’s wonderful. I know that trials are looming, that this is the beginning of grief, but that whole thing about loving yourself before you can love somebody else—it’s real.”
Elsewhere in the essay, Tallulah revealed the early signs of Bruce’s dementia that she and her family missed.
“It started out with a kind of vague unresponsiveness, which the family chalked up to Hollywood hearing loss,” she wrote.
She recalled her family members telling Bruce, 68, to “speak up” because his hearing had been affected after acting in his “Die Hard” film series.
As time when on, her father’s unresponsiveness “broadened” and she mistakenly “took it personally,” believing that her father had “lost interest” in her when he welcomed two children with his current wife, Emma Heming.
Bruce shares daughters Tallulah, Rumer, 34, and Scout, 31, with ex-wife Moore.
He married model Heming in 2009, and together they welcomed two daughters: Mabel, 11, and Evelyn, 9.
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