April 13, 2017 at 10:34 am EDT | by Mariah Cooper
‘Stranger Things’ star gets candid about anxiety over her sexuality

(Shannon Purser as Barb in ‘Stranger Things.’ Screenshot via YouTube.)

Shannon Purser, who plays Barb on the hit Netflix series “Stranger Things,” opened up on Tuesday that she’s been struggling with her faith and sexuality.

In a series of tweets, Purser, 19, revealed to fans she has experienced anxiety over understanding her sexuality.

The actress admitted in an interview with Us Weekly that she has also battled depression and self-harm.

“I felt so isolated and so unworthy of love,” Purser told Us Weekly. “I just had to go to my parents and say, ‘I think I really need help or I’m going to continue to fall apart.'”

She says that she hasn’t self-harmed since she was 15 but emphasizes the pain of mental illness.

“The most evil and insidious thing about mental illness is that it isolates us and makes us feel so different that we think no one can possibly relate,” Purser says. “In the end, that can be how it destroys us if we don’t let people into our struggle. And as cliché as it sounds, if you really make the effort, you can get better and you can live not just a hard life, but a beautiful life.”

Purser currently appears in the CW’s “Riverdale” as Ethel Muggs.

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