Denise Welch opens up about her ongoing battle with clinical depression as she reveals she’s ‘in the midst of a mild episode’ in a candid video shared with her followers
She was diagnosed with clinical depression after her first son was born in 1989.
And Denise Welch, 61, opened up about her ongoing battle with the condition in a video shared to Twitter on Sunday.
The Loose Women star spoke candidly about her ‘unwelcome visitor’ and her struggle with trying to be ‘kinder’ to herself in the post captioned: ‘A mild episode of clinical depression’.
Honest: Denise Welch, 61, opened up about an episode of clinical depression in a candid video shared to Twitter on Sunday
Makeup-free and with a yellow towel wrapped around her head, she said: ‘As someone who professes to be a mental health advocate I have to share the bad times with you.
‘So I am in the midst of a mild episode of clinical depression and having the shower I have just had was very hard.
‘Trying to explain depression to those who are fortunate enough not to suffer is difficult. It’s kind of like it is what it says on the tin.
‘Depression depresses every single emotion that you have so that there is a flatness and a void there.
‘This started yesterday with feelings of slight unreality, the atmosphere around me starts to change and how I describe it is that the colour goes out of my life and people I’m around, that I love being with I don’t want to be around.
Happier times: The Loose Women star spoke openly about her ‘unwelcome visitor’ and her struggle with trying to be ‘kinder’ to herself in the post
‘The unwelcome visitor’: With a yellow towel wrapped around her head, she said: ‘As someone who professes to be a mental health advocate I have to share the bad times with you’
‘Things I have to look forward to I don’t want to be part of and even just things that I have to do this week I start stressing about maybe having to withdraw from something and letting somebody down.’
She added: ‘I’m always telling other people to be kinder to their selves when they’re in the midst of an episode but sometimes I don’t do it to myself. So I get a metallic taste in my mouth, a tingling my palms and the colour starts to go.’
‘And right now I’m going through the motions but I just want to be on my own and it’s hard.
Struggle: She said the condition ‘depresses every single emotion that you have so that there is a flatness and a void there’
‘But those who know me and follow me know that I describe it as the unwelcome visitor and he’s here […] and I have to wait for him to go. And I just have to do the best that I can.’
In 2017, the former Coronation Street actress released a 15-minute film Black Eyed Susan that chronicled her battle with the illness.
Discussing her decision to make the film – which ‘came from the heart’ – on Lorraine she revealed: ‘I did get a bit nervy before I did it.
‘It’s a bit like some people who love a drink aren’t good at playing drunks – probably because they can’t remember it – and I thought “am I going to be able to portray my depression truly.”‘
Mental health advocate: In 2017, the former Coronation Street actress released a 15-minute film Black Eyed Susan that chronicled her battle with the illness (pictured on Wednesday)
Denise turned to self medicating her depression with drink and drugs and spoke about how overcoming her addiction issues has helped create an open dialogue between her and her children, lead singer of band The 1975 Matt Healy, now 30, and Louis, now 18.
Despite declaring her teenage son Louis considers their sober household ‘a bit boring’, she insisted she has more fun now than she did when she was drinking.
She explained: ‘We’re very open about it. Obviously Louis grows up in a sober household which I’m sure he thinks is a bit boring sometimes, when I don’t want turn a blind eye to parties of 84 people traipsing through my house.
‘Ultimately, it’s got to be a good thing and being sober doesn’t mean being boring, I have more fun than I’ve ever had now than when I was drinking.’
Her rock: In the video, she said she usually talks to her husband Lincoln when she feels this way (pictured together last week)