Entertainment 'Big Bang Theory' star Mayim Bialik opens up about mental health struggles

05:11  11 may  2018
05:11  11 may  2018 Source:   thefix.nine.com.au

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Mayim Bialik is speaking out in support of mental health.

This month, the Big Bang Theory star, 42, joins a number of stars supporting Mental Health Awareness Month by joining the Child Mind Institute's #MyYoungerSelf campaign, which aims to open the discussion about mental health in a positive way.

Bialik recorded an exclusive video message on her smartphone where she revealed she has long struggled with mental health, but has found the right treatment plan to manage it.

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For the past 7 years, Mayim Bialik has starred as neurobiologist Amy Farrah Fowler, Sheldon Cooper's "friend who's a girl, but not a girlfriend" (except now she is) on The Big Bang Theory , one of the highest-rated comedies on television.

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"I think what I would have liked to tell my younger self about my mental health is that there are answers," the actress said in a May 10 clip shared by the Child Mind Institute. "For me, some of those answers I had to wait years to find and I needed to get different help, which ended up being really the right kind of help."

"But I had this notion when I was younger that if something didn’t work once, or if a therapist didn’t work, or if a medication didn’t work, that nothing would ever work," she continued.

Mayim Bialik wearing glasses and smiling at the camera: Mayim Bialik opens up about mental health struggles. © Provided by Nine Digital Pty Ltd Mayim Bialik opens up about mental health struggles. "I wish I could have told my younger self that something will work — it’s just going to take sometimes more research, sometimes more referrals, and really figuring things out like your life depends on it. Because for me, it did.”

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Along with Bialik, celebrities Kristen Bell, James Van Der Beek, Gabrielle Union, Brittany Snow, and Sarah Silverman have recorded personal message for the #MyYoungerSelf campaign.

The #MyYoungerSelf campaign isn't the first time Bialik has used her star power to raise awareness. A mum of two boys, the actress, who, like her Big Bang Theory persona Amy, is a neuroscientist, recently authored the book Boying Up, which explores social issues for teenage boys.


The book comes after her first best-selling book, Girling Up.

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