RHONY's Leah McSweeney admits she 'didn't realize how bad her depression' was & says daughter didn't let her 'give up'

REAL Housewives of New York City star Leah McSweeney recently admitted she "didn't realize how bad her depression" was.

The Bravo star added her daughter didn't let her "give up" in a new Instagram post.

Leah opened up about how her daughter Kier, 13, helped her stay in good spirits as she dealt with mental health issues.

She shares the teen, who goes by the nickname Kiki, with ex-boyfriend Rob Cristofaro.

On Tuesday, the 38-year-old reality star wrote in an Instagram Story post: "Didn’t realize how badly I was suffering from depression on and off for the past year until a couple weeks ago when I told my mom and Rob if it wasn’t for Kiki I’d feel like giving up.

“I feel guilty for feeling like that because of how blessed of a life I have. But depression does not discriminate.”

Leah told her Instagram followers that she adjusted her medication “a couple times throughout the last year," while she also relies on exercise to stay both mentally and physically healthy.

The RHONY star wrote: “[I] am forcing myself to work out everyday which is a huge part of getting my brain to feel better.

“As well as doing spiritual work.”

She promised to keep her fans up to date about her mental health journey and said she was looking forward to “writing more about Mental health in detail in the near future.”

The Bravo star has been open about her struggles with mental health in the past and has discussed her past drunken tirades on the reality show.

During an August 2020 episode of RHONY, Leah broke down in tears while reflecting on her past behavior while drinking.

When her mother, Bunny, came to visit Leah's NYC apartment, she was confronted about saying she “doesn’t like” Leah in the past. 

Earlier in the season, Leah’s sister told her their mother admitted she “did not like” her daughters.

Bunny confessed: "One day I might not like you, another day I might not like Sarah."

She then stated: "The one thing I don't like, and I'll say it to the day I die, is drinking. If you want me to change my thoughts on that… I won’t."

Leah appeared frustrated as she said through tears: ”I still carry a lot of guilt for everything that happened when I was a teenager.

"Sometimes I feel like I can't let go of the f**king teenager. Sometimes I feel like that's who I am."

Leah revealed during the season 12 premiere that she had been sober for nine years, but began drinking six months before filming began. 

She said in the episode: "Me and alcohol have a very weird relationship. 

“I am someone who actually enjoys like, completely like, going crazy.”

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