Saved By The Bell star Lark Voorhies battling bipolar disorder: Mother says the actress is mentally ill
01:19 GMT, 4 October 2012
09:32 GMT, 4 October 2012
Lark Voorhies of Saved By The Bell fame has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, according to her mother.
The 38-year-old played fashionable teen Lisa Turtle on the hit Nineties show.
Lark has largely shied away from the spotlight following her tenure on Saved By The Bell, which wrapped in 1993, unlike her co-stars.
Troubled: Lark Voorhies of Saved By The Bell fame, pictured in April 2011, is suffering from bipolar according to her mother
And her mother claims that the reason behind her laying low and recent bizarre behaviour is mental illness.
Tricia told this week's issue of People Magazine: ‘There are things that have traumatised her. I care deeply about my daughter and I want her to resume her life.’
The 64-year-old shares a home with her daughter, who found fame aged 15, in Pasadena, California.
But it seems Lark is not willing to face up to her condition.
When asked by the magazine if she is suffering from any chronic condition including bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, she responded: ‘Oh no. We’re alive in a major time of all-in-all prophecy.’
All grown up: Lark found fame playing the fashionable Lisa Turtle on the popular Nineties show
The Jehovah’s Witness also said her long lapses of silence during conversations were merely moments in which she is praying, and added: ‘I have a strong spiritual sense.’
Lark’s mother explained how the end of the actress’ four year marriage to Miguel Coleman ‘caused a kind of break’ for her daughter.
However Tricia added: ‘She feels whatever challenges he has, she can handle herself.’
Tricia described the blinkered life Lark is now living.
She shares a place with her mother, has a few friends, drives only close to home and largely works on personal projects.
Those were the days: Since Saved By The Bell wrapped in 1993 Lark has shied away from the spotlight, unlike her co-stars
But Tricia reflected on a time when her actress daughter’s future seemed a lot brighter.
She said: ‘When Lark got on the stage a whole different side of her came alive.’
While grandiose speech and delusional behaviour are signs of severe bipolar disorder, Lark appears to be set in her ways when it comes to avoiding seeking psychiatric help.
The star offered: ‘They don’t explain it. They can’t treat it. They don’t know about it.’
But Tricia hopes one day things will get better for her only child. She said: ‘She’s trying so hard. She says she’s delayed, but she’s going to get there.’