NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 23: Actor Ewan McGregor and daughter Clara Mathilde McGregor attends The Cinema Society with Ketel One and Robb Report host a screening of Sony Pictures Classics' "Miles Ahead" after party at The Blond at 11 Howard Hotel on March 23, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
Ewan’s daughter Clara has opened up in a lengthy message (Picture: Jim Spellman/WireImage)

In the hope of inspiring others, Clara McGregor – the daughter of actor Ewan – has opened up about her struggle following rape, abortion, mental health issues, abuse and drug addiction.

Through a candid Instagram post on Saturday, the 23-year-old model laid it all out to her 40,000 Instagram followers.

‘I want to take this time to talk about mental health,’ she wrote in a screenshot of text. ‘I’ve been so ashamed of some of my mental health issues that I haven’t even wanted to tell friends.’

She continued: ‘I’ve suffered from crippling anxiety since I was 4 years and gone to therapy since I was a kid and I am so grateful for what therapy and psychoanalysis has done for me.

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‘I’ve worked on myself and continue to do so. I deal with past trauma, some more recent than others.

‘My anxiety has stopped me from living the life I wanted to lead. It was a cage I was stuck in and still struggle to get out of. I got on medication such as Lexapro which helped a great deal. I opened up about it and got the help I needed.

‘I was told by a doctor ”you don’t have to live this way” and he was right. I’ve also struggled with substance abuse, due to my anxiety it led me to Xanax and I’m proud to say I’ve been clean and sober off of pills for 110 days.

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Clara McGregor opens up about her struggles with mental health and drug addiction.
Clara McGregor opens up about her struggles with mental health and drug addiction. (Picture: Broadimage/REX)

‘I went to Cirque Lodge for a little while to get myself on track and met the most wonderful people who changed my life. I was so ashamed of my addiction, of my anxiety and depression.

‘I was ashamed of the abuse I had let happen to me. I blamed myself for the bruises, the black eyes the rapes and for the attacks a man did to me.

‘But I’m regaining this power now.’

NARITA, JAPAN - SEPTEMBER 04: Ewan McGregor and daughter Clara McGregor are seen upon arrival at Narita International Airport on September 4, 2018 in Narita, Japan. (Photo by Jun Sato/GC Images)
Ewan McGregor and daughter Clara. (Picture: Jun Sato/GC Images)

She then wrote in the caption of the two screenshots: ‘This was really hard for me to open up about so go easy on me.

‘Lil moment of honest[y] in hopes that it can help others feel less alone. This past year I dealt with addiction, I got sober, and I dealt with a great deal of depression and anxiety I had an abusive relationship, I had an abortion the list goes on.

‘Anxiety has been something I’ve lived with since I was 4 years old. I’ve been having panic attacks since I was a child and I didn’t know that I could live my life without this crippling fear. I didn’t know there was a way to get better.

‘But there is. Help yourself so others can help you too. And never be ashamed to talk about it.’

Ewan and wife Eva Mavrakis split after 22 years of marriage last year, and, not long after, he began dating his Fargo co-star Mary Elizabeth Winstead.

Clara previously voiced her unhappiness at the split and slammed Mary Elizabeth as a ‘piece of trash’ on social media, before later admitting it ‘wasn’t her finest hour’.

Need support? Contact the Samaritans

For emotional support you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, email jo@samaritans.org, visit a Samaritans branch in person or go to the Samaritans website.

Worried about drugs?

Frank offers confidential advice about drugs and addiction (email frank@talktofrank.com, message 82111 or call 0300 123 6600) or the NHS has information about getting help.

Adfam has local groups for families affected by drugs and alcohol and DrugFam offers phone and email support to people affected by other people's drug or alcohol misuse.

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