Bella Thorne recently opened up about her mental health, sharing that she has previously struggled with depression. While some fans were praising the Famous In Love actress for opening up a conversation about mental illnesses, others were concerned that Bella was using the term lightly and had never received an actual clinical depression diagnosis from a doctor.
In a new interview with Yahoo Style, Bella said that she never intended to make it sound like she had.
"I wasn’t saying that I clinically went to a doctor," she said. "I took [my tweet about] it down because maybe some people were hurt by what I said in some way. I just wanted to say, 'You’re not alone.' The people you think have the most perfect lives, don’t."
"In my family, we never went to doctors growing up. I don’t like medication. I don’t even take birth control," Bella shared. "I won’t even take Advil or Tylenol. I power through. I’m all natural."
Bella still wants to encourage her fans to talk about their emotions and experiences that they are going through.
"It’s so OK for you to be unhappy, or to think these things. You’re only making it more sad, the more you don’t talk about it. It’s OK for your mind to naturally wander and for you to be sad. Sometimes, you’re just sad," she said. "Your arc in life is to be a happier, better person, the more you grow. If you’re shutting yourself off, you’re never just saying it or getting help for yourself in that way."