Niall Aslam shared how he had to leave the show’s mansion in 2018 after suffering from stress-related psychosis and was subsequently rushed to a mental hospital.
The 25-year-old reality star diagnosed with Asperger’s confessed Tuesday that he was prescribed heavy medication after losing touch with reality and starting to hallucinate.
He also confirmed that when he left the hospital, he suffered from major depression and had to be monitored by a crisis team.
Shock: Niall Aslam shared how he had to leave the show’s mansion in 2018 after suffering from stress-related psychosis, and was subsequently taken to a mental hospital
In a candid Instagram video, he said, “I came out and talked about my Asperger’s and was diagnosed when I was 10 years old. That was basically why I left Love Island.
“But what actually happened to me, I saw Love Island in a psychiatric clinic in London, more precisely the Nightingale Hospital.
“What I later found out was that I had stress-related psychosis … Basically, you’re so overwhelmed that you lose touch with reality.”
Niall went on to explain the effects of stress-induced psychosis and admitted that he suffered from extreme depression after the incident.
Honest: The 25-year-old reality star diagnosed with Asperger’s confessed Tuesday that he was prescribed heavy medication after losing touch with reality and starting to hallucinate
He continued, “You are hallucinating, you do not know what is going on, you are not fully aware of your surroundings, you are not sure, you need other people to take care of you.
“It takes a lot of time to get off of it, but when you get off of it, you really get down, you get into a really deep depression.
“I was in the hospital for two weeks, but in my head I wasn’t fully aware of what was going on. I thought it was because of my Asperger’s.”
When he was released from the hospital, Niall said he still had difficulty understanding what happened when he had to deal with the aftermath of his exit from Love Island.
Recovery: After he was released from the hospital, he was still suffering from mental health as he thought, “I was really having problems … I was everywhere, I was depressed, I avoided things.”
He added, “I took so many medications that I got a lot of side effects. So I didn’t do any interviews as I got really blurry speech from the drugs.
“Then I had to stop the medication, I was on Xanax, really, really strong stuff. I just “made it cold”, that was terrible.
‘It was a really wrong time for me. I think it took me a long time to fully recover from the situation on Love Island.
“I tried to get back to reality and my reality was different. I really had problems … I was everywhere, I was depressed, I avoided things. ‘
According to Niall, everyone assumed he was having a great time after the ITV show, but he was kept under constant review by a crisis team.
Tragedy: Love Island has been heavily criticized in the past for neglecting aftercare for stars like Mike Thalassitis, who appeared on the 2017 series and committed suicide in 2019 (pictured 2018).
Love Island has been heavily criticized in the past for neglecting mental health and aftercare services for its stars.
Mike Thalassitis, 26, who was on Love Island in 2017, was found dead in a park near his home in North London in March 2019.
Sophie Gradon, who attended in 2016, died in June 2018 at the age of 32 after struggling with depression.
Her body was found at her home in Ponteland, Northumberland, by her friend Aaron Armstrong, who killed himself 20 days later.
Host Caroline Flack took her own life at the age of 40 in February this year after suffering from mental health and the stress of her impending trial for assaulting her boyfriend Lewis Burton.
Since the tragic death of the three stars, ITV has continued to develop its aftercare policy.
The bosses have promised to support the families of the participants both before and after the show.
Niall has since recovered from his psychosis and made a successful TV comeback in the 2019 American version of Ex on The Beach.
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Much Missed: Sophie Gradon, who starred in the ITV series in 2016, died in June 2018 at the age of 32 after struggling with depression