GoT's Lena Headey opens up her mental health struggles

Louise McCreesh
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From Digital Spy

Lena Headey has opened up about her experiences of anxiety and depression.

The Game of Thrones star was engaging with fans on Twitter when she made candid revelations about mental health.

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The matter was broached when one fan asked whether Lena ever had to cope with feelings of insecurity.

"I overthink for sure," Lena replied. "I am familiar with depression.

"I get huge anxiety."

The actress then went on to offer how she has learnt to cope with the difficulties that are caused by such struggles.

So – while there won't be any redemption for Cersei in the next series of GoT – these revelations certainly show a more thoughtful side than those offered up the character she plays in the hit HBO show.

"Anxiety is a beast," she said.

"Anxiety. Depression. It's real and it's chemical. It's also spiritual.

"We're slammed with bullshit; tricked into thinking you're not enough – well here's the truth.

"You are enough. In fact you're who you're meant to be which is beautiful.

"Don't be afraid to let someone really see you."

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Readers affected by the issues raised in this story are encouraged to contact Samaritans free on 116 123 (www.samaritans.org) or Mind on 0300 123 3393 (www.mind.org.uk).

Readers in the US are encouraged to contact the National Suicide Prevention Line on 1-800-273-8255.

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