Sunday 25 September 2016

Kieren Fallon begins battle with depression with 'three to four week' hospital stay

Nick Robson

Published 05/07/2016 | 14:42

Jockey Kieren Fallon
Jockey Kieren Fallon

Kieren Fallon will undergo initial treatment that lasts "three to four weeks" as his battle to beat depression begins in hospital.

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The 51-year-old admitted on Monday that his career in the saddle had come to an end and the six-times former champion jockey will now receive the best care possible as a new chapter of his life begins.

Dr Adrian McGoldrick, the man to whom Fallon turned to announce the news and reasons for his retirement, said: "The next step in his treatment is that he'll be going to hospital, and after that we'll just be guided by the consultants and specialists.

"As yet, we haven't spoken to those and when we do it will all be kept private anyway.

"What most people are unaware of is that in Ireland anxiety and depression is the second most common illness seen by GPs every day.

"It is exceptionally common - only alcohol in Ireland is a bigger problem.

"When somebody high profile admits to it and speaks out then the more awareness it gets the better.

"It has an awful stigma surrounding it so when someone speaks out that is in the public eye that can only be a good thing.

"Kieren will have an initial treatment of three to four weeks and then we'll take it from there."

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