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Lark Voorhies from 'Saved By The Bell' Shines a Light On Her Mental Health

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By Nicholas Vrchoticky

With Saved By The Bell hitting the news due to it's confirmed reboot, old fans are growing nostalgic over Zach's perfect hair, Jessie's superior brains, Kelly's perky attitude, Screech's cringe-worthy voice, and AC Slater's use of the word "preppy." But, it hasn't been Lisa's "school boy's crush" persona that fans have been thinking about as Lark Voorhies makes headlines.

The real buzz-worthy news isn't about whether Voorhies' will return to the screen or her odd behavior and the slowing of her acting career, but her bravery to come forward about her struggles with mental health

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Lark Voorhies was more than just 'Lisa'

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Though Voorhies is best known for her role as "Lisa" in *Saved By The Bell", she plenty of guest-starring roles throughout the 90s, appearing in episodes of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Days of Our Lives, The Bold and The Beautiful, and more.

In 2001, the former teen-comedy actress starred in the movie How High alongside Method Man and Red Man. By the time the film came out, her acting career had already begun to slow down, with Lark amassing only a few acting credits after 2001.

Rumors of substance abuse

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After her acting career slowed, Voorhies dropped from public light and it took a while for her to resurface. When she did, fans noticed that her appearance and behavior had changed. Rumors spread, as they do, that she'd been battling a substance abuse problem.

Lark's mother set the rumors straight in a 2012 interview with PEOPLE magazine, where she explained the decline in her daughter's mental health, saying:

"There are things that have traumatized her."

Lark claimed her mother was "over-loving" and there was no need to worry about her.

Bipolar disorder and Lark's odd behavior

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Tricia (Lark's mother) used her interview with PEOPLE to explain to the world that Lark had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. The news cleared up some of Lark's odd behavior that had been previously rumored to be a sign of drug use, such as the 2012 Yahoo! video that showed Voorhies repeatedly spacing off.

Voorhies, at the time of the interview, was reportedly hesitant to seek treatment, and her behavior grew more out of place.

In a 2015 Las Vegas wedding, the actress married a known gang member, who her mother claimed was taking advantage of her mental health, only to divorce six months later. Lark denied her mother's claims along with having bipolar disorder in an interview with Entertainment Tonight.

Lark to appear on Dr. Oz

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After struggling through difficult times, the former Saved By The Bell actress is ready to open up about her mental health issues.

Lark announced on Instagram that she'd be appearing on the Dr. Oz show to discuss what it's like living with bipolar disorder and thanking everybody who supported her through her struggles, asking followers to "Please tune in this Wednesday to the Dr Oz show to learn about living with a mental disorder that many people do not understand."

The actress is set to appear on the show on Wednesday, February 19.

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