"Game of Thrones" Star Lena Headey Shared How She Manages Her Anxiety

Actress Lena Headey opened up on Twitter about her efforts to overcome anxiety and depression, calling them "beasts."

The actress took to Twitter to talk about her experience with anxiety and depression.

By Lynsey Eidell, Self

Game of Thrones actress Lena Headey is no stranger to struggles on the screen. But while her trials on the popular HBO show are related to the ongoing battle for the Iron Throne, her real-life tribulations stem from her battles with mental-health issues, the actress recently shared on Twitter.
After a fan asked Headey on Twitter if she ever gets insecure, Headey responded by opening up about her experience with both anxiety and depression. "I overthink for sure," she wrote. "I am familiar with depression. I get HUGE anxiety."

[post_ads]But just as Cersei ruthlessly takes down her opponents in Westeros, the actress conquers her anxiety by facing it straight up and head on. "Anxiety is a beast," she wrote on Twitter. "You have to talk to beasts. Release them back into the wild. Easier said than done, I know, but still. Good to practice."

Headey went on to deliver an inspiring speech detailing her methods for managing her anxiety and depression. "Anxiety. Depression. It's real and it's chemical. It's also spiritual...stay with me everyone (and before you ask, yes I'm ok)," she tweeted. "Globally, we see constant destruction of human lives. Which, no matter your belief, has an effect. If we scale it back to family and community, it's been lost to greed and aspiration. No wonder we have anxiety, no wonder we overthink...we're slammed with bullshit."

She continued: "[We're] tricked into thinking you don't have enough. You're not enough. Pretty enough. Thin enough. Rich enough. Capable enough. Successful enough. Well here's the truth. You are enough.... In fact, you're who you're meant to be which is BEAUTIFUL."

Headey finished her series of tweets with a directive for her followers who may be feeling the same way. (Anxiety disorders affect nearly 40 million adults in the U.S., according to the National Institute of Mental Health. That makes it the most common mental illness in the country.) "Try one conversation face to face without hiding your true self. You'll feel terrified maybe, for a second...and then BOOM," Headey tweeted. "Drop the mike [sic]. You f—king did it. Swagger home with some complex, f—ked up, shared human realness."

The series of tweets is not the first time that Headey has opened up about her personal experiences with anxiety and depression. She spoke to More magazine in 2015 about her history with depression, saying, "I think some people's brains are just wired that way if you're a thinker. People who never get anxious always amaze me."
If you suspect that you suffer from an anxiety disorder, licensed clinical psychologist John Mayer, Ph.D., recommends seeing a mental-health professional to get a proper diagnosis. Then you can learn how to manage it with the help of a qualified therapist. “Your therapy can teach you coping mechanisms that will control your anxiety so it will not be expressed or turn into an anxiety disorder,” he previously told SELF.



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"Game of Thrones" Star Lena Headey Shared How She Manages Her Anxiety
Actress Lena Headey opened up on Twitter about her efforts to overcome anxiety and depression, calling them "beasts."
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