Sophie Turner may be an OG star on Game of Thrones — one of the most beloved television shows of this generation — but she still navigates life's ups and downs just like the rest of us. The actress recently joined Dr. Phil for his Phil In The Blanks podcast to discuss the importance of mental health.

During the conversation, she also opened up about the personal experiences she's had to overcome during her own mental health journey. 

Note: This a trigger warning that Sophie Turner describes her depression and suicidal thoughts in detail in the text ahead. 

Turner began by explaining how important mental health is to her. 

"Since I was like really young, we’ve had a whole mental health thing in my family," she explained. “It’s been something that’s just been of the utmost importance in the past five years of my life.”

She's also been a mental health advocate to her millions of fans. 

"I understand your pain. Trust me, I do," she wrote to her Twitter fans in 2018 for World Mental Health Day. "I’ve seen people go from the darkest moments in their lives to living a happy, fulfilling life. You can do it too. I believe in you. You are not a burden. You will NEVER BE a burden.”

Turner explained that she is so passionate about mental health awareness because she herself has struggled with it for at least five years. 

“...I think the biggest challenge, and I’ve had it for the longest out of all my mental health problems, is my depression," she explained to Dr. Phil. "I’ve suffered from depression for like five or six years now. The biggest challenge just for me is getting out of bed and getting out of the house. Learning to love yourself is the biggest challenge.” 

Turner has dealt with depression since she was 17, three years into her run with the Game of Thrones series.

“I don’t think I really had any issues with it until I was, yeah, around 17, and then all of a sudden it just kind of hit me," she said. "I think it was a combination of social media [being] on the rise at that time, and also my friends were all going to university and I wasn’t going to university. I was working, but I was still living at my parents’ house, so I felt very alone. And my brothers were away at university as well, so I think that was mainly it."

She also shared that social media taunting from cyberbullies began just as she was hitting puberty.

"It only started to go downhill when I started to hit like 17, and my metabolism was slowing down massively and I was gaining weight and then there was the social media scrutiny and everything, and that was when it kind of hit me."

She revealed that people tirelessly ragged on her weight and skin in her online comments sections.

"The character that I play on my show is called Sansa, and people used to write like, 'Dang, Sansa gained 10 pounds,’ or ‘Sansa needs to lose 10 pounds,’ or ‘Sansa got fat.’ It was just a lot of weight comments, or I would have spotty skin because I was a teenager, and that’s normal, and I used to get a lot of comments about my skin and my weight and how I wasn’t a good actress and things like that."

According to Turner, she internalized every mean comment she read.

"I would just believe it. I would just say, ‘Yeah, I am spotty. I am fat. I am a bad actress,’ " she revealed. This is definitely confirmation — as if we needed any more — that social media trolls can have terrible effects on people in real life.

Sophie Turner also revealed that the comments even affected how she did her job on Game of Thrones.

"I’d get them to tighten my corset a lot… I just got very, very self-conscious…," she explained. "I would be concerned about angles. I’d be concerned about my face. I have a big nose, and everyone used to love to tell me that. So I would be like, ‘I don’t know how to angle myself,’ and it would just affect me creatively and I couldn’t be true to the character because I was so worried about Sophie."

The actress even opened up about how she and her costar and best friend IRL, Maisie Williams, struggled through similar bullying together.

Williams was the only person who Turner ever opened up to about her experience with depression. They also experienced similar bullying together, according to Turner.

"Being friends with each other was quite destructive because we were going through the same thing," Turner explained. "We used to get home from set, go to a Tesco across the road — like a little supermarket — and just buy food and go back to our room and just eat it in bed. We never socialized for a couple of years. We didn’t socialize with anyone but ourselves."

Turner went into more detail about the severe isolation she experienced while enduring depression.

"I had no motivation to do anything or go out. Even with my best friends, I wouldn’t want to see them. I wouldn’t want to go out and eat with them. I would cry and cry and cry over just getting changed and having to put on clothes and be like, 'I can’t do this. I can’t go outside. I can’t. I have nothing that I want to do.'” 

She also experienced suicidal thoughts.

“It’s weird. I say I wasn’t very depressed when I was younger, but I used to think about suicide a lot when I was younger. I don’t know why though,” Turner explained. “Maybe it’s just a weird fascination I used to have, but yeah, I used to think about it. I don’t think I ever would have gone through with it. I don’t know.”

These days, Sophie Turner says she's "feeling much better."

"I feel much better. I’ve been doing therapy. I’m on medication and I love myself now. Or more than I used to I think," she confirmed.

She also credited her relationship with singer Joe Jonas with being good for her mental health.

"I’m with someone that makes me realize that I do have some redeeming qualities I suppose," she said. "When someone tells you they love you every day, it makes you really think about why that is and I think it makes you love yourself a bit more. So yeah, I love myself."

As for her sensitivity to social media trolls, Turner says that it's still there but she makes the right efforts to not let it affect her.

She mostly avoids the comments section of her social media. She also has her settings fixed so that she doesn't see any tags. The professional help she's received along with the personal measures she's taken to keep negativity away seem to be doing great things for Sophie Turner. 

Note: If you or any of your loved ones are struggling with suicidal thoughts, you can always reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by calling 1-800-273-8255. They are available 24/7 by phone or online chat.