Ranaka's emotional update on her condition: "I reverse the curse, I am not suicidal."
By Lehlohonolo Lehana.
Media personality Dineo Ranaka has given her fans an update on her well-being, after sharing her struggles with mental health.
Ranaka took to social media to thank her fans, friends and family for the calls, the texts, the prayers and the well wishes.
"For the calls, the texts, the prayers, the well wishes… THANK YOU! I've recently been diagnosed with Severe Chronic Depresion," she wrote on Instagram on Friday.
The media personality added that she feels like she needs to re-introduce herself.
"I've been a high-functioning person with depression. And this is dangerous! VERY DANGEROUS! I've been physically sick. REALLY physically sick. I've suspected myself to not be well for a bit over two months now. And eventually, I know why!"
Dineo added that she feels relieved to finally know what has been making her feel physically and mentally ill.
"My symptoms have been in-sleep seizures, trouble waking up, trouble controlling my bladder, confusion, thoughts of harming myself, trouble with energy to do anything, and meaningful deep empathy/sympathy with those that have taken their lives.
"At the end of it all… I am here now. Trying to learn how to move forward without thinking I'm a fraud," she wrote.
Dineo first opened about her mental health struggles in early 2023, revealing that she has been dealing with anxiety.
But no one could have imagined that she was having suicidal thoughts. Dineo confessed that she has thought of taking her own life in the past, but is not anymore.
"... to break the curse I have to believe and say that I’m NOT! Have I thought of taking my own life? The answer is yes. But I reverse the curse by declaring I AM NOT SUICIDAL!"
Ranaka hasn't been on her morning show 959 Breakfast with co-host Sol Phenduka for about a month now, with Sizwe Dhlomo standing-in for her, Thomas Msengana and Skhumba Hlope hosted Dhlomo's drive time show.