Sandra Bullock says 2014 home invasion left her with severe PTSD
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Sandra Bullock revealed she suffers from severe post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following a terrifying home invasion that took place in 2014.
“I’m in the closet going, ‘This doesn’t end well,” the actress, 57, said on a recent episode of “Red Table Talk,” recounting the moment she discovered an unarmed intruder had entered her Bel Air mansion.
Bullock — who admitted watching “48 Hours” and “Dateline” intensified her fears — told co-hosts Jada Pinkett Smith, Willow Smith and Adrienne Banfield-Norris that she was grateful that her son, Louis, whom she adopted in 2010, wasn’t with her the night of the break-in.
“It was the one night that our nanny goes, ‘Let me just take him to my apartment which is up the street because you’re going to be out late,’” she said.
“Had he been home, I would’ve run to the closet, which is now my official closet but that was his bedroom, and it would have changed our destiny forever,” she elaborated. “The violation of that. I wasn’t the same after that. I was unraveling.”
The intruder was eventually arrested at Bullock’s home while she was there. She said on “Red Table Talk” that she hasn’t “been alone since the day” of the invasion.
Years later, Bullock’s convicted stalker, Joshua James, committed suicide in 2018 after a standoff with police.
“What’s sad is that the system failed him,” she said of the unfortunate string of events that led to his death. “There was an altercation with SWAT and he killed himself.”
The Oscar winner said she has sought treatment for her compounded trauma and found that EDMR therapy has been the “most healing” option for her.
EMDR, short for eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, is a form of psychotherapy used to address symptoms of PTSD.
Reflecting on what she learned from the encounters, Bullock admitted that she has “surrounded [herself] often with unsafe people and situations.”
She added, “I have no one else to blame but myself because that was the most familiar feeling that I had.”
To learn more about EMDR and other forms of psychotherapy, visit the National Alliance on Mental Illness’s website.
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