Child star Jake Lloyd diagnosed with schizophrenia

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There’s always been a burden for actors that start their star-studded fame as a child star. Some actors can actually grow from their initial rise to fame, however, some can’t carry the load and disappear into the ether. 27-year-old Jake Lloyd, who played young Anakin Skywalker from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, seems to be battling his own personal demons in adulthood. Recently, he has been diagnosed with schizophrenia and is currently in being held in a psychiatric facility to rehabilitate.

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In an interview in 2012, he expressed the issues he had to deal with during the height of his fame.

Other children were really mean to me, they would make the sound of the light saber every time they saw me. It was totally mad. My entire school life was really a living hell — and I had to do up to 60 interviews a day.

Stardom can be an extremely heavy case to carry, especially when you’re only 10 years old. Before being transferred to the psychiatric facility, Jake Lloyd was held in jail after being arrested for leading police on a high-speed chase in South Carolina. Sometimes we’re all quick to blame the star for getting themselves into trouble, however, sometimes we don’t understand the reason that leads them to that path of destruction. Luckily for Lloyd, he’s soon to be getting the help he deserves and his mother, Lisa, is there to assist him. Let’s hope that all the old wounds properly heal for Jake as time passes.

Source: Daily Mail

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