Transcript for ‘Riverdale’ star reveals she’s seeking treatment for depression
cover story. “Riverdale” star Lili Reinhart is opening up with her struggle with anxiety and depression and how she’s getting help. Letting others know they’re not alone. I’m asking you now, right now, if you love me, Archie? Reporter: Lili Reinhart is famous for her prickly turn as Betty cooper. Get out of my house. Reporter: She’s opening up about a struggle revealing to her nearly 16 million Instagram followers, I having an somedayty and depression. And today, I started therapy again. The 22-year-old hoping to remove the stig that surrounding mental health by sharing her story with the world. Adding therapy is never something to feel ashamed of. Everyone can benefit from seeing a therapist. It doesn’t matter ho you O you are or how proud you’re trying to be. Ryan hearth who is dating Cole Sprouse, has been vocal about this before. She said, I came to a point where I told my parents I wanted to see a therapist and psychiatrist to see if there was medication I could go on. You don’t need validation to feel like it’s okay to be sad. As long as you figure it out and try to make things better, that’s all that matters. Dr. Jen joins us from Massachusetts. We hear terms like anxiety and depression. Pop don’t understand the full scope. Can you medically tell us? Yeah, absolutely, robin. Let’s talk about the number. Over 40 million Americans suffer from anxiety. Over 16 million adults suffer from depression. Teens, just as common. We hear celebrities like this coming forward, not only does it try to destigmatize mental illness, it reminds us it does not discriminate. This can affect anyone. When you talk about the symptoms, robin, they can be occasional. They can be mooild. Anxiety can range from something like a feeling of impepding doom from trouble sleeping, feeling weak or tired. Subsequently avoiding things you feel trigger that. This could have a massive impact on day-to-day life and functioning. What are some of the treatments? That is the gad new. There are more treatment opgs than ever. The main stay is probably counseling and psych therapy. To be clear, dication, both short term and long term, can be life saving. There are a lot of complimentary therapies like medication. More it’s animals can be a source of ongoing long-term support for people. We really appreciate Lili doing this. If you’re a parent and feel your child or young adult is having these issues. What advise D you have? Access is a massive problem in this country. Only about half a million train and licensed mental health professionals in the country. A lot of them don’t ax September insurance. Hay can’t afford to. What you have insurance or not, kit be difficult to get in. Just the last month, I had threeurgent issues. It took us almost two weeks to get them seen by people. We have to do better. We do. Thank you, Jen. Michael? Now to the big change coming
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