Gordon Ramsay's daughter Holly was hospitalised with PTSD after sexual assaults

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Warning: This article contains discussion around sexual assault.

Gordon Ramsay's daughter Holly has opened up about being hospitalised for PTSD following two sexual assaults she experienced when she was 18.

Now 21, Holly spoke on her new podcast 21 & Over - which charts her mental health journey - about facing her trauma, and leaving university to receive treatment in hospital for three months.

Holly was enjoying life as a fashion student but by the second half of first year, she was being affected by PTSD.

"I had no idea that this was happening," Holly said. “I was going out a lot, missing class because I’d been out. I wasn’t enjoying myself at all. I was struggling a lot."

Holly left university to receive treatment in London's Nightingale Hospital, a private mental health hospital, for three months.

“I didn't have any time to actually think about what was going on,” she said. “I left uni after my first year because I was admitted to Nightingale Hospital as an in-patient for three months... That was where I was diagnosed with PTSD, anxiety and depression."

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Photo credit: Maury Phillips - Getty Images

Holly explained the trauma causing her PTSD was experiencing two sexual assaults when she was a teenager.

“The PTSD was a result of two sexual assaults when I was 18. I didn’t tell anyone about it until a year afterwards. I just buried it in a box in the back of my mind," she said.

Now, Holly is working on her ongoing recovery out of hospital, with regular therapy.

“I now have these diagnoses that I carry around with me. It’s confusing and I’m trying to take control of my narrative and use that to make something good," she said.

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“It's going to be a journey,” Holly added. “There are still going to be bad days, great times and good days. I'll deal with them as they come.

"I hope that by speaking out I can help other people."

You can listen to Holly's podcast here.

For information and support about PTSD, visit the NHS and Mind websites and speak to your GP.

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