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"I Used To Think About Suicide A Lot", Says Sophie Turner, When She Was Battling Depression At 17

"I Used To Think About Suicide A Lot", Says Sophie Turner, When She Was Battling Depression At 17

The British actress made an appearance on Dr. Phil, where she spoke about her struggle with depression during the emotional interview.

Sophie Turner has cemented her name in the industry after all the success that has come with Game of Thrones. However, the road has not always been easy for her. Like many celebrities, Sophie Turner decided to open up about her mental health issues and all that she dealt with in the past. Celebrities opening up about their issues often influences fans to get help if they need it.

Recently, the British actress made an appearance on Dr. Phil where she opened up about all the criticism that came with Game of Thrones and her battle with depression. She even spoke about how she once considered taking her own life away. The 23-year-old actress shot to fame when she was just a teenager, and everyone knows that there is always a price to pay with fame. That path is not an easy one, especially when it comes to mental health. 

During the interview with Dr. Phil on his podcast Phil in the Blanks, the actress mentioned that she has been suffering from depression for about "five or six years". She further added that when she turned 17, her depression started to peak. It apparently became so overwhelming that she “used to think about suicide a lot.” She opened up to Dr. Phil about how difficult it was growing up in front of the camera. She explained that her experiences were only made worse because of "social media scrutiny" and the criticism that came from GOT fans.



 

 

The 23-year-old mentioned that she wasn't just suffering from depression but also had body image issues. However, despite all her struggles through the years the actress said that she was doing "much better" now, and has finally learned how to "love herself". During the podcast, she mentioned that she was very interested in mental health especially because “suffered from depression for about five or six years now.” She further explained what she felt during those five or six years.

 



 

 

Turner explained that the hardest challenge of them all was “just getting out of bed and getting out of the house, and learning to love yourself.” She added that her depression worsened at age 17 when her friends went off to college and she stayed at home to continue working on Game of Thrones. At the time she felt very lonely. “I had no motivation to do anything or go out … I would cry and cry and cry,” she explained. 



 

 

Going through puberty during depression only made everything worse for her. Her thoughts became more negative and these thoughts became more frequent. “Everything was incredible. It only started to go downhill, I think, when I hit puberty at like 17 and my metabolism was slowing down massively and I was gaining weight,” she said. “And there was the social media scrutiny and everything and that was when it kind of hit me.”  Turner told Dr. Phil that she believes puberty “was a bit of a catalyst” for her depression.



 

 

Social media was no friend of hers either. “You see 10 great comments and you ignore them, but one negative comment and it just throws you off,” she said, noting that it was particularly hurtful when viewers would write comments like, “‘Damn, Sansa needs to lose 10 lbs. or Sansa got fat.'” Explained Turner, “I would just believe it. I would say, ‘Yeah, I am spotty. I am fat. I am a bad actress. I just believed it.'” This is what drove her depression to a point where she began thinking about suicide on a regular basis.



 

 

 “It’s weird. I say I wasn’t very depressed when I was younger, but I used to think about suicide a lot when I was younger,” said Turner. “Maybe it’s just a weird fascination I used to have, but yeah, I used to think about it. I don’t think I ever would have gone through with it. I don’t know.” However, she won her battle against depression and is in a much happier place now. The British actress mentioned that medication and therapy helped her deal with her mental health issues.



 

 

She told Dr. Phil, “I love myself now, or more than I used to, I think. I don’t think I loved myself at all.” Referencing her fiancé Joe Jonas, she added, “I’m now with someone who makes me realize I do have some redeeming qualities, I suppose. When someone tells you they love you every day, it makes you really think about why that is. And I think it makes you love yourself a bit more.”

If you or someone you know needs help, call 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. You can also text HOME to 741-741 for free, 24-hour support from the Crisis Text Line.



 

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