Sophie Turner Says Joe Jonas Helped Her Through Deep Depression
She opened up to Dr. Phil.
Sophie Turner is the latest star to open up about her depression. During an appearance on Dr. Phil's podcast, Phil in the Blanks, she was frank about her experience with depression, as well as struggles with body positivity and the pressures leveraged by social media. While Turner's story is sure to alleviate some of the stigma associated with mental health and the treatments for it, the most heartwarming detail may just be how she mentions that Joe Jonas, her fiancé, helped her through her treatment.
However, Jonas was not the first person she turned to — that was her Game of Thrones co-star, Maisie Williams. Because the two were dealing with similar criticism online and were going through the same pressures at work, it was only natural for the pair to lean on one another.
"I had no motivation to do anything or go out," Turner said of her depression. "Even with my best friends, I wouldn't want to see them ... I would cry and cry and cry. Just having to change and put on clothes, I said, 'I can't do this. I can't go outside. I have nothing that I want to do.'"
She added that she sought help from a professional and they worked through her depression together. And then there was Jonas, on whom she also leaned. Recently, she's taken a break from working to get a handle on her mental health, and that break includes plenty of quality time with the Jonas brothers and her new sister-in-law-to-be, Priyanka Chopra. That's a support system anyone can get behind.
"I love myself now, or more than I used to," she noted. "I'm now with someone that makes me realize, you know, that I do have some redeeming qualities, I suppose, and when someone tells you they love you every day, it makes you realize why that is, and I think it makes you love yourself a bit more."
Dr. Phil commended her for opening up, adding that her frankness will "save a thousand lives in America." Turner got emotional when he mentioned that young women are hurting themselves because they're feeling alone while dealing with issues related to depression and bullying. Turner stressed the importance of taking time for self reflection and being unafraid to look for someone to talk to.
Dr. Phil noted that her story, along with others, will make it easier for anyone who needs help to seek it without feeling even more alienated.