Lark Voorhies: Saved By The Bipolar Disorder & Lupus
According to multiple websites, in December 2014, Lark captioned the above left image with “Pray for me,” although she has since changed the caption. Her friends responded by letting her know that they would indeed be keeping her in their thoughts.
The former teen star, known to a generation of fans as the adorable, fun-loving character Lisa Turtle, denies anything is wrong, but after a series of bizarre pictures and video, some begin to question if the once child star was sick, suffering from some disease or even if drugs were at play. Voorhies adamantly denied it. Instead, her mother says, she has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
In a series of interviews with People, the magazine inferred that it was clear something wasn’t right with Voorhies. The magazine said during the interviews, she would frequently stop mid-sentence and stare off, often mumbling to herself or to others who weren’t there.
“There are things that have traumatized her,” says her mom Tricia, who shares a home with her daughter in Pasadena, Calif. Tricia says her daughter suffers from bipolar disorder.
“I care deeply about my daughter and I want her to resume her life,” Tricia says deeply.
But Voorhies says she is not sick and keeps busy by working on low-budget indie productions, recording music and self-publishing her own books.
When asked about her far-off stares, she simply says that she is a spiritual person and they caught her “in a moment of prayer.”
Signs and symptoms of bipolar disorder include:
- Depressed mood most of the day, nearly every day, such as feeling sad, empty, hopeless or tearful (in children and teens, depressed mood can appear as irritability)
- Markedly reduced interest or feeling no pleasure in all — or almost all — activities most of the day, nearly every day
- Significant weight loss when not dieting, weight gain, or decrease or increase in appetite nearly every day (in children, failure to gain weight as expected can be a sign of depression)
- Either insomnia or sleeping excessively nearly every day