On Wednesday, the actress got candid with her Instagram followers about her 30-year battle with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), as well as her struggles with anxiety and panic attacks, which began after she was sexually assaulted as a teenager
Union, 49, shared a video in which she demonstrated how her anxiety and "triggers" manifest.
Union added, "When we tell y'all what we are experiencing, please believe us the 1st time we mention it. No, it's not like being nervous and everyone experiences and deals with anxiety differently, and that's OK.
The "Cheaper By the Dozen" actress who was raped at gunpoint by a robber in the backroom of a Payless shoe store when she was 19 concluded her post by explaining what inspired her to open up to her followers.
New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said, "Wow 💞 your voice and story just created so much space for others. Your courage heals! Thank you for your bravery, strength, grace, and voice.
Union added arrows and text on top of the video, with the first arrow being pointed at herself.
In the post's caption, the "L.A.'s Finest" star began, "As a rape survivor, I have battled PTSD for 30 years.
"Leaving the house or making a left hand turn at an uncontrolled light can fill me with terror," she shared. "Anxiety can turn my anticipation about a party or fun event I've been excited about attending (Met Ball) into pure agony."