The tragic reason Taube Cameron started therapy at the age of 8

Dove Cameron is perhaps best known for being the squeaky clean star of Disney Channel’s “Liv and Maddie,” bringing joy to millions of children in the roles of twins Liv and Maddie Rooney for the show’s four seasons between 2013 and 2017, but beneath that happy personality lay a childhood strewn with tragedy.

Cameron has endured some unimaginable hardships in her life and has been very vocal about the work she has done on herself to get her to the happier place she is today. The star has shared a range of techniques to keep her strong and happy, including stopping saying negative things about herself. “I’ve realized that when I tell myself I’m worthless, I’m basically saying, ‘Everyone else is the best and I’m the worst.’ But who am I to decide that? Nobody knows better than me, just like I don’t know better than anyone,” she explained to BeatRoute in 2021. That same year, she shared on Twitter that she’d turned around turn off her text notifications and only view her messages if she chooses to.

Cameron has also been very vocal about her experience with therapy and the impact it has had on her life, revealing the shocking childhood incident that prompted her to seek help as a young child.

Childhood tragedies led Dove Cameron to seek therapy

One of the most harrowing tragedies of Dove Cameron’s young life occurred when Cameron’s father took his own life when she was a teenager, prompting the actor and singer to legally change her name in his honor. What you may not know is that Cameron was actually born Chloe Celeste Hosterman, but she explained the name change on Twitter after a fan asked her in 2017. “My father always called me dove. He took his own life when I was 15, I can’t say goodbye so I changed it in his honor,” she tweeted. That same year, she explained to Entertainment Weekly that her late father at the time of his “When I found that out, I thought everything was right. He was such a sensitive person,” she shared.

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But that wasn’t the only horrific incident Cameron witnessed in her youth. When she was 8 years old, Cameron’s best friend and sister were killed in a murder suicide by their father, according to Refinery29. It was this scarring incident that inspired Cameron to seek help for the first time, and she began her therapy journey that same year. “I witnessed so much pain early in life, and I remember thinking it’s so bizarre that we’re pretending the pain doesn’t exist,” Cameron explained to BeatRoute in 2021. “Those conversations help the people, so let’s have them! There is so much strength in vulnerability,” she added.

How Therapy Helped Dove Cameron

True to her word, Dove Cameron has been refreshingly honest about her mental health and her need to see a therapist. “I had the craziest childhood imaginable. It was so dark. Because of that, the light in my life has become a medicine for it,” she explained to Just Jared Jr. in 2017, explaining that she made the decision to walk past the darkness. “I knew what it was like to go to the darkest place. And because of that, it really makes you realize what’s important and what’s not. It was such a blessing,” she added, sharing that while she still deals with fear at times, she knows how to carry on in the darker moments.

The actress and singer has also expressed her hope that one day everyone can afford to consult a professional about their mental health. In 2019, she tweeted that she had just finished what she described as a “therapy/intense trauma session.” She added that she felt a little better afterwards, but noted that she was “strongly reminded of how much real work I have to do / pain I have to unravel. This life is hard, y’all. and mental health/needs help is nothing to be ashamed of.” She then followed in a second tweet by urging people to seek whatever mental health help they have access to. “Before you anyone “If you can help others, you must help yourself. You matter,” she wrote.

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If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by dialing 988 or 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

If you or someone you know needs mental health assistance, please contact the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741, call the National Alliance on Mental Illness Helpline at 1-800 -950-NAMI (6264) or visit the National Institutes of Mental Health website.