Sophie Turner just got real about mental health. Speaking with Dr. Phil today on his podcast series, the actress discussed living with depression, and how social media affected her outlook on life while filming Game of Thrones.
The 22-year-old explained that she began feeling depressed when she hit puberty at age 17, at which point she’d been acting on the hit show for four years. She started to notice negative feedback on social media. “It was just a lot of weight comments,” she said, “or I would have spotty skin, because I was a teenager, and thatâs normal, and I used to get a lot of comments about my skin and my weight and how I wasnât a good actress.â
Turner noted that while social media wasn’t necessarily a cause of her depression, it was a “catalyst.” The resulting depression manifested in sense of self-consciousness, and lack of motivation; Turner had a hard time getting out of bed, and once contemplated suicide. “I don’t think I viewed myself as worthy of anything that I was doing,” she admitted.
The British beauty has since found refuge in therapy sessions and medication, as well as her relationship with her fiancÃ©, Joe Jonas. “When someone tells you they love you every day,” she said, “it makes you really think about why that is and I think that makes you love yourself a bit more. So yeah, I love myself.â
With her hit show coming to a dramatic end this year, Turner has decided to take some time off, and is considering studying psychology, she says. “I’m just really passionate about it.” And sheâs already made an impact by starting a candid conversation around mental health.
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