Lark Voorhies’ Mom Says She’s Bipolar: “There Are Things That Have Traumatized Her”

October 3, 2012  |  

Earlier this year, we caught a video of Lark Voorhies that made us wonder if everything was OK with her. We thought the problem was mostly physical, concerned with her ghostly skin appearance and wondering if she might have had some work done, while other outlets speculated she might be on drugs. Now People is reporting that the issue is far more serious. The magazine says the mother of the childhood actress most known for her role as Lisa Trutle on “Saved By The Bell,” has told them her daughter is battling bi-polar disorder.

In a series of interviews with PEOPLE, it was clear something wasn’t right. Voorhies, 38, would frequently stop mid-sentence and stare off, often mumbling to herself or to others who weren’t there.

“There are things that have traumatized her,” says Tricia, 64, who shares a home with her daughter in Pasadena, Calif. “I care deeply about my daughter and I want her to resume her life.”

Voorhies says her “over-loving” mother worries about her, but there’s no need. She says she is not sick and keeps busy by working on low-budget indie productions, recording music and self-publishing her own books.

But what about the vacant stares and rambling moments?

“I have a strong spiritual sense,” she says. “You caught me in moments of pray.”

I’m not sure if the use of the word pray is a typo on People’s part or illustrates some of Lark’s mental instability, but we’re definitely sad to hear this news. Bi-polar is definitely a manageable disease but from Lisa’s mother’s point of view the actress seems to be in denial about her disorder, which means she can’t get the help she needs. People has more on what caused Lark’s mental decline and the reaction from her “Saved By The Bell” castmates in this week’s issue. What do you think about her mother speaking out?

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