Sophie Turner Reveals Mental Health Struggles Over 'Game of Thrones' Criticism

The actress spoke to Dr Phil on his podcast about the struggles of dealing with trolls throughout her time on 'Game of Thrones'.

When Game of Thrones premiered in 2011, Sophie Turner -- who plays Sansa Stark -- was just a teenager.

And while the show's huge popularity brought the star legions of adoring fans, it also brought trolls who criticised the star incessantly over social media to the point where it was affecting her mental health.

"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 told the host.

She added that her insecurity soon lead to depression, where she began to isolate herself from friends.

"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 added, "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.'"

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She added that while she never considered suicide as a way out of her depression, she used to think about frequently.

However, after seeking therapy and receiving treatment, Turner said she feels "feel much better."

"I'm on medication and I love myself now, or more than I used to, I think."

Sophie is set to marry fiancee Joe Jonas later this year in France.

If you need help in a crisis, call Lifeline on 13 11 14. For further information about depression contact beyondblue on 1300 224 636 or talk to your GP, local health professional or someone you trust.

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