Breaking News US/Australia ll This Morning’s Dr Chris speaks out on his battle with depression


This Morning’s resident doctor Chris Steele spoke about his experience with depression live on the ITV show on Tuesday During a segment about antidepressants, Dr Chris, 77, told hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield that he has ‘had depression a couple of times, quite bad ‘Viewers praised the doctor for sharing his own experience, as he told Holly and Phil that he was ‘living proof’ antidepressants do work   The popular resident doctor recalled his own experience with depression as he advised how the drugs work   Share this article Share 32 shares He said: ‘I’ve had depression a couple of times, quite bad The problem is when you start the treatment you’re on a low ebb Most of the treatment takes a few weeks to kick in.’One day of depression is an eternity and then another day and another day.He went on to describe how he felt at his lowest ebb early in the morning, explaining: ‘The awful thing for me was you have sleep disturbance and can’t get off to sleep You have early morning awakening. It’s 4am, it’s dark, you’re left with your mind that has dark thoughts It’s very difficult.Chris said one major sign for him that he needed to seek help was when he experienced a loss of interest in previous passions: ‘Loss of interest in family, friends, hobbies, reading, work I found a loss of interest in humour,’ he explained. ‘I love Billy Connolly Going through this spell of depression I didn’t find him funny at all You just don’t care. No interest.’But he was quick to add that ‘the antidepressants start working They didn’t suddenly bring me back.’ The doctor advised viewers to speak to someone and seek help, saying: ‘The earlier we intervene with education the quicker you get back to normal Antidepressants do work. I’m living proof.’Fans were quick to praise Dr Chris on Twitter with one writing: ‘Thank You Dr Chris for being honest about Antidepressants Unfortunately some of us will be on them for life and must stop being ashamed as if we were unclean’ For confidential support call the Samaritans on 116123 or visit a local Samaritans branch, see www samaritans.org for details.   

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