Kirsten Storms, who will be turning 38-years-old tomorrow, is a very known actress who appeared on the longest-run American television series, General Hospital. Always candid about her mental health, she sat down for a tell-all interview with host Maurice Benard.
Kirsten voiced the role of Bonnie Rockwaller in Disney’s animated series Kim Possible and also appeared on Disney’s Johnny Tsunami as Emily. Once she departed from her Disney years, the actress re-started her career in a different field, American soap operas. Let’s take a look at Kirsten Storms and how she battled with her mental health.
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Who is Kirsten Storms?
Kirsten Renee Storms was born on April 8, 1984, in Orlando, Florida to Karen Storms and Mike Storms. Her father was a famous sportscaster at an Orlando TV station. At the age of five, Storms was enrolled in acting classes and then was discovered by a talent scout. From there, Storms attended a children’s acting camp in the Catskills, New York
Best known for her current role as Maxie Jones on General Hospital, she became the third actress to portray the role on the ABC soap opera. She has also appeared on its spinoff, General Hospital: Night Shift.
The American actress has been on and off in the series due to suffering from endometriosis.
Kirsten was married to her on-screen co-star, Johnny Zacchara from 2013 to 2016. Both currently share a daughter.
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Kirsten battled with depression in 2017
It is not the first time that the actress has spoken publicly about her battle with depression.
According to Soap Opera, the actress stepped away several times from her role as Maxie Jones in General Hospital “due to health issues”.
Fans worried about the actress and her mental health. Also, how her sudden breaks were affecting the show’s plotline.
The actress revealed “I suffer from severe depression” as she answered a tweet from a viewer insinuating that she was consuming drugs.
“When I finally commented on my Instagram about my depression and how severe it had gotten,” she said in an exclusive with Soaps In Depth. “That helped validate what was going on with me.”
Just as she left in March 2017, the actress returned to the ABC screens in August 2017 to resume filming.
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Getting honest about her mental health status
On April 3, Maurice Benard sat down with Kirsten as they discussed the actress’ current state of mind.
For years, Kirsten has been going through a difficult journey where she had to prioritize her mental health. Although she is now in a better place, she revealed that “It was a really dark and bad time for me for a year and a half.”
“You went through hell,” said Maurice Benard towards the end of the talk. As the actress revealed that she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, her feelings were very “severe” and she “felt alone” during those times.
Below is the full interview: MAURICE BENARD STATE OF MIND with KIRSTEN STORMS