“Saved by the Bell” star Lark Voorhies’ is finally opening up about her battle with mental health. On Wednesday the 90s sitcom star appeared on the Dr. Oz show and shared her diagnosis after years of questions about some of her behavior.
The Shocking Interview In 2012
In 2012 speculation first arose about Voorhies’ mental health after an interview she did on Entertainment Tonight. She sat down with the show again in 2015, but that time with her then husband Jimmy Green and appeared even more bizarre and out of sorts.
At the time, her mother Tricia came out and said Voorhies was bipolar, though she denied the diagnosis. She also said Voorhies was being taken advantage of by Green whom she also claimed was a gang member. They both denied the claims.
The Aftermath & Diagnosis
Prefacing the interview by saying Voorhies’ disorder can cause her to have trouble articulating her thoughts, Dr. Oz then asked her to share her official diagnosis.
“Schizoaffective thought disorder and that was a perfect example of what it does and how it behaves and what it creates around and about it,” she said, referring to the ET interview. She added that she has never taken drugs.
Dr. Oz said he initially wanted to have Lark on his show two years ago, but “it became evident to my team she was still not well” when they did a pre-interview with her. “The first order of business was to get Lark some off-camera support,” he said, revealing he hooked her and her mother up with psychiatrist Dr. Modir.
In 2016 Voorhies divorced Green after only 6 months of marriage and moved back in with her mother. Her mother said she initially said Lark was bi-polar in an effort to explain her daughters behavior at the time.
“Lark hadn’t defined to herself what was going on, so therefore she resented the fact I came forward to put a label that she herself hadn’t accepted,” she explained. “She was upset with me about that.”
The ‘Saved By The Bell’ Snub
Voorhies also said she was hurt that she was not invited to be apart of the Saved By The Bell reboot.
“I have to admit I did feel a bit slighted and hurt when I was not invited to be part of the Saved by the Bell reunion as well as other cast members’ events,” she said reading from a journal. “Yet of course, I also realized that having this puzzling disorder may have played a major part in that factual decision. With that in mind, I am truly thankful for having had the chance to work on a show that has been so successful.”
Dr. Modir used that moment as an example of how well she can read a script, saying she believes Voorhies would “shine” if she began acting again.
She said that, with treatment, she hoped to work in front of the camera again and be included in a reunion, saying “It’s the work that I love.”
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