Lena Headey Opens Up About Her Struggle with Depression and Anxiety

"Magic happens when you are vulnerable and truthful and HUMAN."

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She may play the unshakable Queen Cersei on HBO's Game of Thrones, but in real life, Lena Headey is a human woman that's subject to the same emotional and mental challenges many others face.

On Thursday, one of her fans asked her if she ever feels insecure.

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Three minutes later, she provided an intimate response in which she admitted she's struggled with anxiety and depression in the past.

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Then she offered some wonderful, concrete ways to deal with your inner demons, especially in the current political climate.

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She even took questions like a virtual psychotherapist.

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Wise words.

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Diana Bruk
Diana Bruk

My writing has regularly appeared in The New York Times, The Paris Review, Salon, VICE, Guernica, The New York Observer, BuzzFeed, Cosmopolitan, Seventeen, Esquire, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, and many more publications.

I was previously the Senior News Editor at Best Life Online and the Viral Content Editor in the Newsroom of Hearst Digital Media. My portfolio consists of a vast and diverse body of work that includes personal essays, lifestyle articles, breaking news posts, and viral content. My areas of expertise, however, are Russia, sex and relationships, and mental wellness.