Sophie Turner Says She’s Taking A Break From Acting To Focus On Her Mental Health

Sophie Turner has opened up about how social media trolls have impacted her mental health since stepping into the spotlight via Game of Thrones.

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During her appearance on Dr. Phil’s podcast, Phil in the Blanks, the actress explained how the negative comments have affected her.

“I would just believe it. I would say, ‘Yeah, I am spotty. I am fat. I am a bad actress.’ I would just believe it. I would get [the costume department] to tighten my corset a lot. I just got very, very self-conscious,” she explains to the host.

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She says that the bullying led to symptoms of depression, including the desire to isolate one’s self and lacking motivation.

“I had no motivation to do anything or go out. Even with my best friends, I wouldn’t want to see them, I wouldn’t want to go out and eat with them.”

Sophie adds, “I just would cry and cry and cry over just getting changed and putting on clothes and be like, ‘I can’t do this. I can’t go outside. I have nothing that I want to do.’”

She goes on to say that she used to think about suicide as a child.“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. I don’t know why though. 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.”The actress eventually sought therapy and treatment, which helps to make her “feel much better.”

“I’m on medication and I love myself now, or more than I used to, I think.”

Turner revealed she’s taking a break from the acting world now that the final season of Game of Thrones is done filming to “focus” on what is “more important” to her: mental health.

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