Sunday 26 February 2017

Pauline reveals battle with depression after series exit


Sligo-born actress Pauline McLynn, pictured here in character for the Channel 4 TV show 'Shameless'.
Sligo-born actress Pauline McLynn, pictured here in character for the Channel 4 TV show 'Shameless'.

Sligo-born actress Pauline McLynn has spoken about how she suffered from depression for two years after leaving a hit television series.

The 50 year old comedienne and author said she got the blues after being forced to quit her role as Libby Croker in the Channel 4 comedy drama, Shameless in January 2011 after a two year stint.

She said: "I've had the blues and I got help for them. There was a lot of bad stuff that happened around that and there's a lot of stuff I'm not allowed to talk about around that.

"It provoked some really awful depression and a mid-life crisis if you like. Because there was nothing wrong with the work, it was to do with other stuff which I'm not allowed to talk about.

"There was a lot of personal stuff as well, and the old being let down by people. And being a fool yourself and all those things. So I actually found it to be very hard to pull myself out of it.

"So I did go for help. And anybody who is depressed should go and ask. There are some lovely things that you can get and it doesn't mean you're going to be hooked on something mad.

"I took a nice little serotonin release tablet for as long as I needed. And. I've weaned myself off it now because if I'm depressed again I want it to work."

McLynn, who is married to theatrical agent Richard Cook, told RTÉ's The John Murray Show that she found it tough not being able to discuss the reasons behind her departure from Shameless.

"I was very proud of what I did (on the show) and I literally can't talk about it. When I left there was a deal made I wouldn't talk about it. And, I literally can't talk about it in Britain for another reason, a more legal reason. It's nothing to do with me, I didn't bring all that on."

Her husband was not so sure about her talking about her battle with depression but she felt it was best to let people know that she was feeling low.

"Actually, in many ways, oddly enough, work saved me," she said.

McLynn also found knitting was therapeutic and started making tea cosies. Branded 'Go Ons', she sells them on,

"If breathing or meditation is no good for you, try knitting. It's because it is so therapeutic and you have something to show for it afterwards," she said.

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