Michelle Visage Opens Up About Family's Ketamine Therapy Experience

Michelle Visage candidly discusses family's mental health journey

by Nouman Rasool
Michelle Visage Opens Up About Family's Ketamine Therapy Experience
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Michelle Visage, Radio 2 presenter and an acclaimed figure from "RuPaul's Drag Race," recently shared some personal insights into her family's mental health journey. She divulged that her husband, David Case, and daughter underwent ketamine therapy, a treatment that has recently gained traction in the United States for its potential to treat severe depression.

Though traditionally recognized as a horse tranquilliser and popular illegal substance within the UK rave scene, its therapeutic benefits have made headlines recently. Discussing her family's experience on the "Where There's A Will There's A Wake" podcast with actress Kathy Burke, Visage shed light on the therapy's growing accessibility, noting, "It is popping up on every corner in dispensaries in Los Angeles."

Visage: Therapy a 'Game Changer'

The 54-year-old American celebrity, renowned for her stint on "Strictly Come Dancing" and her robust family life with daughters Lillie, 23, and Lola, 21, emphasized her personal distance from recreational drugs.

"Recreational drugs have never been good," Visage asserts, "I have never taken drugs in my life." Despite this, she describes the therapy, conducted stateside, as "a game changer." In 2019, Visage took to Instagram to provide a window into her family's battle with mental health, sharing a photo with her youngest daughter, Lola.

In her heartfelt post, Michelle narrated, "Photos many times hide truths. She was not in a great place mental health wise in this shot but she has fought through the darkest times to arrive where she is today." She continued by expressing admiration for her daughter's strength and resilience, urging followers to be supportive and understanding towards those grappling with mental health issues.

The same year, Visage unveiled another deeply personal detail, disclosing that her eldest daughter, Lillie, grappled with suicidal tendencies following an extended bout with depression. Recollecting that period, Visage admitted to taking a holistic approach, emphasizing the significance of both medication and therapy.

Commenting on the stigma around children's mental health, Visage remarked, "With mental health, children are often forgotten, told to 'man up and quit complaining.' " Through it all, Visage has been an unwavering pillar of support, educating her daughters on self-worth, embracing their unique identities, and fighting against the shadows of depression.