Why Linsey Godfrey Really Took A Long Break From Days Of Our Lives

Linsey Godfrey has become a favorite of soap opera fans. The actress has had roles on TV shows such as "One Tree Hill” and "CSI: Miami" over the years (via IMDb). However, it was her role as Caroline Spencer on "The Bold and the Beautiful” that got her into soap opera acting. Godfrey joined the sudser in 2012 — she left the show in 2018 and was later killed off-screen due to a sudden blood clot (via Soaps).

Godfrey went on to join the cast of "Days of Our Lives" in the role of Dr. Sarah Horton. Upon coming to Salem, Sarah immediately brought the drama with her romantic life, having relationships with characters such as Rex Brady (Kyle Lowder) and Eric Brady (Greg Vaughan), per Soaps in Depth. She also met the love of her life, Xander Cook Kiriakis (Paul Telfer). In addition to her love life, Sarah's also had shocking storylines, such as a baby switch with Kristen DiMera (Stacy Haiduk) and a kidnapping plot that had her off the canvas for quite some time.

Due to the fame she's found in her career, Godfrey has also used her voice to speak out about the mental health issues that she suffers from.

Linsey Godfrey has been candid about her struggles with mental health

In March 2022, Linsey Godfrey opened up about her personal life and revealed that she had been diagnosed with borderpolar disorder, a term used for a person who has both bipolar and borderline personality disorder, per People. "I had been struggling for so long, and I knew I wasn't okay," Godfrey told the outlet. "Even though it was a big, awful pill to swallow, I was relieved to finally have an answer and not just, 'You're a s***** person.'"

Following her diagnosis, Godfrey shared her story on social media, where she was comforted by others who suffered from similar mental health issues. Currently, the actress is managing her borderpolar disorder by taking medication, going to therapy, and building a strong support system of friends and family members who are there for her when she needs them (via ET Canada).

Although Godfrey has been very candid about her mental health journey, she was unhappy when online speculation began to pull her medical issues into conversations about her absence from "Days of Our Lives." Of course, the actress set the record straight about why she really took some time off from the soap opera.

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Linsey Godfrey sets the record straight

Linsey Godfrey has dealt with mental health issues for many years, and has admitted to being diagnosed with Bipolar II when she was 21 years old, per Soaps in Depth. Over the years, she's spoken out about her experience in hopes of breaking the stigma surrounding mental health and to help others. Recently, Godfrey's "Days of Our Lives" character Sarah Horton was off the canvas for months due to being kidnapped. Viewers certainly missed her presence in Salem, but the actress wanted her fans to know that she didn't leave the NBC soap opera due to mental health related issues.

Despite being open and honest about her mental health status in the past, Godrey was clearly unhappy that her medical history had been used to fabricate reasons for her TV absence, per Michael Fairman TV. "I wanted to be clear, me choosing to be open about my mental health has always been as a means to help normalize the conversation around mental health. I want to help destigmatize these issues. Not because I'm taking a break from acting for my own mental health," the actress wrote in a now-deleted tweet.

Godfrey went on to reveal that she's an actor, which means sometimes she's working and other times she's auditioning for roles. "I appreciate it but I'm not taking a break from acting. I'm not on a mental health break," she added. It appears that Godfrey was simply written off the sudser for a bit, which is a common practice on soaps.