'I was afraid of it': Gillian Anderson reveals her struggles with mental health and why dyslexia 'terrifies her'

She’s best known for her roles in The X-Files and The Fall, starring in both as a razor-sharp, right-hand of the law.

But the life of an actress hasn’t all been smooth-sailing for Gillian Anderson , 48, who has revealed she’s battled mental health problems throughout her career – and even fears she may be dyslexic.

Talking to The Sunday Telegrap h, the Hollywood star explained that she has been receiving therapy since she was 14-years-old, and that due to memory struggles she thinks she’s suffering from a learning disorder.

The actress, who shot to global super stardom playing Dana Scully in the ’90s smash-hit The X Files, explained her latest role in Voceroy’s House had left her feeling terrified, in case she forgot her lines – something she fears dyslexia is connected to.

She told the paper’s Weekend magazine : “I took notes, blah, blah, blah, but couldn’t remember a thing he taught me. Nothing. I’m not even sure, if you’d asked me the next day, I could have told you what I’d learned.”

She elaborated on her memory struggles, admitting that if asked about her favourite books she “couldn’t tell you what they were about”.

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The Fall - Episode 6
The Fall – Episode 6
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Opening up about her fears, regarding dyslexia, she said: “I’d always been afraid to look into it, because I was afraid that if I found something out, I would think that I couldn’t do anything that I wanted to do.”

Gillian, who has three children herself, also delved into her own battles with low self-esteem and the mental affects it has had on her.

Having just co-written a self-help book with close friend and journalist Jennifer Nadel, called We: A Manifesto For Women Everywhere, she described how she wished there had been something similar to help her.

Gillian Anderson
Gillian was a vision in white Jenny Packham
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“There were times when it was really bad,” she explained. “There have been times in my life where I haven’t wanted to leave the house.”

She also added that she had managed to find much solace in meditating, telling the publication she was able to “tap into” a sense of joy and contentment when practicing the technique.

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