Taraji P. Henson opens up about mental health struggles and menopause

The “Empire” actress and December digital cover star gets candid in an exclusive interview with SELF magazine.
2:15 | 12/03/19

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Taraji P. Henson getting candid about aging, her mental health and menopause in an exclusive interview with "Self" magazine and linsey Davis is back with Good morning again to you, she is of course beloved for her character cookie and many fans are finding taraji P. Henson real-life frank talk refreshingly honest and helpful. She's opening up and quite vocal about her struggle with what she calls the dark place and how she deals with it. She may play one tough cookie and she knows what men want. But off screen taraji P. Henson says don't let the strong black woman facade fool you. Sometimes the weight is just too much to put on that facade like you're strong all the time. It's exactly what it is, a facade. That's whack. Reporter: The 49-year-old actress gracing the digital cover of "Self" and opening up like never before telling the magazine about her struggles with mental health and going through menopause. I struggle with depression and anxiety. I realize that about two years ago. I noticed the mood swings like one day I be up. Reporter: At first she didn't realize some of those mood swings could be related to menopause saying, quote, I would get so low, really, really low, beaten like never before. She said she would usually be the life of the party but she wouldn't want to go out and see her friends and her friends started noticing a change in her behavior. With her anxiety she would get heart palpitations and understood it was more than yoga and meditation could fix. Reporter: The actress learned how to manage those highs and lows with regular la check-ins with her therapist and herself. I talk to myself. I think more people need to talk to themselves because you work things out. Reporter: Now through her nonprofit, the Boris Lawrence Henson foundation she is working to help others struggling with mental health issues especially young children. Well, she says sometimes she calls on her friends to pull her out of the dark place she sometimes finds herself in. Having a therapist is so important and for the many people who suffer from depression and anxiety I imagine that her honesty is going to be so helpful to them. So candid about it. All right. Thanks so much, linsey.

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