Danielle StaubFormer 'Real Housewives of New Jersey' star Danielle Staub has admitted she was sexually abused as a child and is now seeking treatment for her psychological problems.

Staub told PEOPLE that it was childhood sexual abuse that caused her to have issues with low self-esteem. She is quoted saying, "I have addictions with love and low self-esteem, and I need help!"

The 48-year-old-reality-star continues, "My low self-esteem derived from childhood sexual abuse has messed with my mind and self-worth, and over the years I thought about getting help but pushed it deep into the depths of denial. For years I have had the suicide hotline on my cell phone and would like nothing more than to free myself from this constant pressure."