In the past, DAYS OF OUR LIVES star Linsey Godfrey (Sarah) has been honestly transparent on social media about her struggles with anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder. But in a new video posted to Instagram on March 9, the Emmy nominee bravely opened up for the first time about her dual diagnosis as Borderpolar — which means that she has both Bipolar Disorder II and Borderline Personality Disorder.
In the powerful video, Godfrey explained that as a result of her two mental health disorders, she suffers from depression, anxiety, and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. “Mostly what that means is that I have a tougher time regulating my emotions,” she shared. “With Bipolar, I can experience something called hypermania or severe depression, and that can last for days or weeks. With Borderline, I can have those kinds of switches within hours of one another in the same day.”
Thankfully, under the care of a psychiatrist for weekly therapy and daily medication, the DAYS star says “my disorders are very manageable for me. I am very grateful for my medication.”
In the Instagram caption surrounding her video, Godfrey admitted that she was “genuinely terrified to speak publicly” about her diagnosis but felt that it was an important conversation to have. “There is such a terrible stigma around those of us that may deal with mental health disorders. We aren’t broken, we aren’t unhinged, our brains just work differently. We aren’t any less capable of being anything that a person without these or any other disorders can be.”
Godfrey hoped that by opening up about her own struggles, other sufferers would know that they are not alone. “It’s time to destigmatize mental health and stop dehumanizing mental health sufferers,” she concluded in her post. “You are not alone. I’m here.”
You can watch Godfrey’s compelling video in its entirety by clicking here.