Lark Voorhies and 5 Bipolar Stars

PHOTO: Lark Voorhies is shown in in Los Angeles, Aug. 3, 2009.
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Lark Voorhies' life has taken a downturn since her days as Lisa Turtle on "Saved by the Bell." Her mom, Tricia, recently told People magazine that the 38-year-old actress is battling bipolar disorder.

"There are things that have traumatized her," she said. "I care deeply about my daughter and I want her to resume her life."

People also interviewed Voorhies, who shares a home with her mother and denied that she has a mental disorder. "Oh no," she said, when asked if she's bipolar. "We're alive in a major time of all-in-all prophecy."

According to the magazine, Voorhies stared into space and mumbled "to herself or to others who weren't there" during the interview. When asked to explain her behavior, Voorhies said, "I have a strong spiritual sense. You caught me in moments of pray."

Asked whether or not she's bipolar, Voorhies told, "no comment."

If she is bipolar, she's in good company. Many Hollywood stars have dealt with the condition and opened up about it:

PHOTO: Catherine Zeta Jones attends the Michael Kors Spring 2013 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Theatre at Lincoln Center, Sept. 12, 2012 in New York City.
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In 2011, Zeta-Jones revealed she was getting treatment for bipolar II, a form of the disorder that's characterized by longer low periods. "There is no need to suffer silently, and there is no shame in seeking help," she told People magazine. "If my revelation of having bipolar II has encouraged one person to seek help, then it is worth it."

PHOTO: Demi Lovato poses in the press room at the iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Sept. 21, 2012 in Las Vegas.
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When the new "X Factor" judge was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2011, she embraced it. "I felt relieved when I found out," Lovato told Cosmopolitan. "Like I'm not completely crazy; there's a medical reason for all of it. It's a daily thing; you don't get time off from it. And if I feel myself slipping back into old patterns, I have to ask others for help, which is hard for me to learn, because I really like doing everything on my own."

In the 2008 documentary "Acting Class of 1977," Gibson revealed he had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. "I had really good highs but some very low lows," Gibson said. "I found out recently I'm manic depressive." The "Braveheart" star was interviewed for the documentary by one of his National Institute of Dramatic Art classmates in 2002, four years before his 2006 DUI arrest, in which he spat anti-Semitic slurs that he later said were "blurted out in a moment of insanity." He's rarely brought up his bipolar diagnosis since.

PHOTO: Carrie Fisher speaks onstage at the Comedy Central Roast of Roseanne Barr held at Hollywood Palladium, Aug. 4, 2012 in Hollywood.
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Fisher chronicled her battle with bipolar disorder and electroconvulsive therapy in her memoir turned one-woman show, "Wishful Drinking." "I used to think I was a drug addict, pure and simple -- just someone who could not stop taking drugs willfully," Fisher told ABC News in 2000. "And I was that. But it turns out that I am severely manic depressive."

PHOTO: Richard Dreyfuss speaks on how an informed electorate can better engage in political dialogue, at The National Press Club, Jan. 25, 2011 in Washington.
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Oscar winner Richard Dreyfuss opened up about being bipolar in a 2006 television documentary called "The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive" by British actor Stephen Fry. The "Jaws" star said he's been on lithium and other medications to level his mood.

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