Carol Vorderman, 59, opened up to Lorraine Kelly on her show in 2017 about her mental health battle. At the time, the star, who launched The Maths Factor amidst the current coronavirus crisis, revealed her mother’s terminal cancer diagnosis and admitted there were times she struggled “to carry on”.
She said: “I was powering on doing this and that and building houses and flying a plane and bringing up my kids by myself and all of those different things.
“And then this depression hit me and I don’t use the word depression lightly, this was a blackness where I would wake up – nothing else in my life was going wrong.
“I’m a very lucky woman, no money worries or nothing like that – and I would wake up and I thought, ‘I don’t see the point in carrying on. I just don’t see the point in life. I don’t see it’.”
Carol went on to explain how many sufferers of depression find themselves feeling.
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She said: “There was no reason to feel that way and the only reason I didn’t do anything, and I’ve not admitted it before, is because I had two children.”
She continued: “I thought, ‘I just want this feeling to stop, I’d do anything for this feeling to stop because I can’t sort it’. And this went on for a number of months.”
Carol was able to get help, but admitted at her lowest point, things may have taken a drastic turn.
When asked what might have happened if she hadn’t reached out, Carol said: “I suspect we wouldn’t be talking today.”
The former Countdown star explained her mental health became worse during two particular weeks of the month, which left her wondering whether her feelings may be linked to her hormonal cycle.
Her doctor put her on medication to help. She said: “From the moment I took the medication I have never ever felt that way.
“I’ve been fed up, and obviously at the moment my mum is not well so I’m upset. But there is a reason for all of those things whereas before there was no reason for it and it was absolutely, categorically to do with hormones.”
What is depression?
Depression I swore than feeling unhappy or fed up for a few days, according to the NHS.
It explains: “Most people go through periods of feeling down, but when you’re depressed you feel persistently sad for weeks or months, rather than just a few days.
“Some people think depression is trivial and not a genuine health condition. They’re wrong – it is a real illness with real symptoms. Depression is not a sign of weakness or something you can ‘snap out of’ by ‘pulling yourself together’.
“The good news is that with the right treatment and support, most people with depression can make a full recovery.”
Symptoms of depression
The symptoms of depression range from mild to severe.
The NHS advises: “The symptoms of depression can be complex and vary widely between people. If you’re depressed, you may feel sad, hopeless and lose interest in things you used to enjoy.
“The symptoms persist for weeks or months and are bad enough to interfere with your work, social life and family life.
“There are many other symptoms of depression and you’re unlikely to have all of those listed on this page.”
Depression can manifest itself psychologically, physically and socially. For a full list of symptoms visit the NHS website.