Famous TV host and presenter has gone public and shared her experiences with depression. The effervescent TV and radio host always has a smile on her face, so it will be a surprise to many that Fearne Cotton used to take anti-depressants and has had her fair share of battle with depression and self-confidence issues.
Cotton has a new book on the market called Happy. She thought it was time to use her high profile to share with others how she overcame the affliction and how, sometimes, it’s possible to defeat it.
It was a few years ago that star Fearne was struck down with debilitating symptoms that made her realise something was wrong. “I had a real lack of energy,” she recalls. “I felt so drained and my lust for everything that I love wasn’t there any more.”
She says: “Since writing this book, lots of people opened up to me about being prescribed anti-depressants. After a few months, I felt that I was able to start, very slowly coming off them and looking for other options.”
Fearne was then able to review the way she was living her life and make some changes for the better, like cutting back on her social life
“Letting go of ‘perfect’ was important,” she says. “I was trying to do so many things and putting so much pressure on myself – and why? Perfect doesn’t exist. I cut back a lot on work, and focused a lot more on family.”
The book is available through major stockists and we recommend it highly as a ‘gateway’ book to begin to understand the effects of depression and it’s de-habilitating effects.
LYP says: It’s good to ease that someone as famous as Fearne Cotton can be so open and real in coping with her depression. Just because she’s famous it doesn’t mean she has to hide her feelings. We believe young people value other people who are willing to be vulnerable about their feelings, especially celebrities who are seen as perfect. Celebrities can bring more positive attention to issues like mental health and hopefully create more conversation to addressing these issues.