Lili Reinhart talks mental health and body dysmorphia in new book

The "Riverdale" star has coped with these issues through poetry and documented her journey in her new book, "Swimming Lessons."
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Now to riverdale star Lili Reinhart revealing her struggles with mental health and body dismorphia. Reporter: She rocketed to fame in her role as Betty cooper in riverdale. 24-year-old Lili Reinhart known for being candid about her struggle with depression and body It took me a long time to be vulnerable. I'm a romantic and express my emotions easily. I think that's something to be proud of. That's where the book stems from. Reporter: Now she's sharing her emotional outlet, her passion for poetry in her new book "Swimming lessons." Do you feel your platform is helping to destigmatize mental health? I heal myself and find catharsis through speaking and talking about it. I wrote these poems in moments I was feeling a specific emotion and released that emotion and helped get it out of my body. I'm not someone who can hide. I can't pretend to be happy or fake. I do that for my job. When I have the opportunity to be real and authentic and tell people about my actual life, I take advantage of that opportunity. Has it been tough to deal with mental health and mental illness in the limelight? When it comes to body image specifically I've faced more backlash than any other aspect, whether depression, anxiety. Body image is manage that people find hard to understand, how if you look a certain way you can complain. Several of the concepts in the book deal with missing someone or longing for someone. Whether it be grief or heart ache, the two go hand in hand. My goal for "Swimming lessons" were to create poems that were more universal in the sense that the reader could put themselves in the narrator's position and take each poem and interpret however they wanted to. Reporter: As for riverdale -- I'll tell you everything, but we need your help. Reporter: -- She's finally back onset for the fifth season. We do a seven-year time jump. We're jumping ahead and seeing these characters in their mid 20s. It's definitely not what you expect. I think people will be very surprised. Reporter: For "Good morning America" erielle reshef ABC news, New York.

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