Taraji P Henson from 'Empire' Opens up about Mental Health & Her Struggles with Menopause in a New Interview

Joe Akins
Dec 09, 2019
07:40 A.M.
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"Empire" star Taraji P Henson recently reveals some shocking details concerning her mental health and the challenges with Menopause. 


In the course of a recent interview, the actress discussed with "Self magazine" some issues she faced in her personal life, and how she overcame them. 

Taraji P. Henson visits People Now in New York, United States | Photo: Getty Images


At the end of this discussion, the actress shared some personal thoughts which could be intrinsically linked to the prejudice and brutality faced by the African American community in America.



 identified with the death of a young man named Trayvon Martin. The onscreen star explained that she started to suffer from being anxious and looking out for her child, Marcell Johnson, who is about the same age as Trayvon.

Taraji P. Henson attends the 8th Annual Breakthrough Prize Ceremony at NASA Ames Research Center | Photo: Getty Images


The Hollywood star said that her mental health was unsettled as she began to think of what might go wrong, and her thoughts centered on her child, who is not in the limelight.

The "What Men Want" star continued to express the point in her worry. She mentioned that it was inevitable and that it is associated with parenthood.

Taraji P. Henson attends the 2019 Global Citizen Festival: Power The Movement in Central Park | Photo: Getty Images


This situation, as explained by Taraji, is due to the inappropriateness of justice in the system, and how the African Americans are being mistreated because of their skin color.

Furthermore, she detailed how she battled depression and mood swings, which were caused by approaching Menopause. The mother of one shared how she sought medical help and was able to defeat the health complications.

Taraji P. Henson attends Tyler Perry Studios grand opening gala at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta | Photo: Getty Images


The 49-year-old didn't stop at that; she stated that the symptoms exhibited when she got anxious ranged from feeling nervous and helpless, heart palpitations, excessive sweating, and mind-boggling thoughts beyond her control.

Finally, on health issues, the TV star explained how delightful it would be to be able to effortlessly talk about this type of mental health issue and receive the help needed.

Taraji P. Henson arrives at the 71st Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles | Photo: Getty Images


The passion for rendering support fuelled her to begin a Foundation known as Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation.

The "Empire" star's charitable organization looks out for young African American students in schools in need of therapy. It also finances students who aim at pursuing a career in psychotherapy.

Taraji P. Henson is seen wearing an Alexander Wang dress with Brian Atwood shoes arriving at 'The Late Show with Stephen Colbert' | Photo: Getty Images

Taraji's advocacy for sound mental health was born out of her experience and her late father, who was a bipolar patient.  

The mother of one isn't doing this on her own as she expressed how her fiance, Kelvin Hayden, is supportive and always by her side to render help.