Tuesday 22 August 2017

Gillian Anderson reveals battle with depression: 'There have been times in my life where I haven’t wanted to leave the house'

US actress Gillian Anderson arrives for the screening of the film
US actress Gillian Anderson arrives for the screening of the film "Viceroys House" in competition at the 67th Berlinale film festival in Berlin on February 12, 2017. / AFP / Tobias SCHWARZ (Photo credit should read TOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Actress Gillian Anderson attends the 'Viceroy's House' premiere during the 67th Berlinale International Film Festival Berlin at Berlinale Palace on February 12, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Gillian Anderson attends a pre BAFTA party hosted by Charles Finch and Chanel at Annabel's on February 11, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by John Phillips/John Phillips/Getty Images)
Gillian Anderson attends Harper's Bazaar Women Of The Year Awards at Claridge's Hotel on October 31, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
Jamie Dornan and Gillian Anderson attend the screening of BBC Two drama 'The Fall' to launch series three at BFI Southbank on September 7, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images)
Actress Gillian Anderson visits at SiriusXM Studios on March 23, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images)
Gillian Anderson attends "The X-Files" Fox premiere at California Science Center on January 12, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Araya Diaz/Getty Images)
Actress Gillian Anderson attends the 2016 Weinstein Company and Netflix Golden Globe Awards After Party at The Beverly Hilton on January 10, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Randy Shropshire/Getty Images)
US actress Gillian Anderson poses on the red carpet as she arrives to attend the 61st London Evening Standard Theatre Awards at the Old Vic Theatre in London on November 22, 2015.
US actress Gillian Anderson arrives on the red carpet for the Lawrence Olivier Awards for theatre at the Royal Opera House in central London on April 12, 2015. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
Actress Gillian Anderson attends The Weinstein Company & Netflix's 2014 Golden Globes After Party presented by Bombardier, FIJI Water, Lexus, Laura Mercier, Marie Claire and Yucaipa Films at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 12, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ari Perilstein/Getty Images for The Weinstein Company)
US actress Gillian Anderson, shortlisted for the best actress award, poses on the red carpet as they attend the 60th London Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2014 in London on November 30, 2014. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
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Gillian Anderson has opened up about her struggles with mental health.

The Fall star (48) has just penned a self-help book entitled We: A Manifesto for Women Everywhere in which she covers her personal battle with depression and anxiety, recalling days where she couldn't leave the house.

"There were times when it was really bad. There have been times in my life where I haven’t wanted to leave the house," she wrote.

As for tips with coping, Anderson, who shot to worldwide fame on The X-Files, and said she finds comfort in no longer focuses on her appearance.

Gillian Anderson attends a pre BAFTA party hosted by Charles Finch and Chanel at Annabel's on February 11, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by John Phillips/John Phillips/Getty Images)
Gillian Anderson attends a pre BAFTA party hosted by Charles Finch and Chanel at Annabel's on February 11, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by John Phillips/John Phillips/Getty Images)

"All I know is that when I meditate, one goes beyond the physical, and it is possible to tap into a sense of absolute contentment and joy in that place. So if that’s where you’re starting, then actually none of this means anything, really."

And her biggest fear relates to her troubles with memory, saying her biggest fear is not remembering her lines.

"I’d always been afraid to look into it, because I was afraid that if I found something out, I would think that I couldn’t do anything that I wanted to do," she added.

"But of course that’s terrifying for me, thinking, well, what if this problem that exists in the rest of my life shows up in that respect, too? Then I’d be buggered."

Jamie Dornan and Gillian Anderson attend the screening of BBC Two drama 'The Fall' to launch series three at BFI Southbank on September 7, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images)
Jamie Dornan and Gillian Anderson attend the screening of BBC Two drama 'The Fall' to launch series three at BFI Southbank on September 7, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images)
Gillian Anderson attends Harper's Bazaar Women Of The Year Awards at Claridge's Hotel on October 31, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
Gillian Anderson attends Harper's Bazaar Women Of The Year Awards at Claridge's Hotel on October 31, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)

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