Sheridan Smith: I’m in a good place after years of being wrongly diagnosed
The actress said it had been difficult to tell people ‘I’m struggling and I need help’.
Sheridan Smith has said she is “finally in a good place” after struggling with her mental health.
The actress hit the headlines when she pulled out of a number of shows for West End musical Funny Girl, later saying she “just couldn’t continue – I lost my mind”.
The 37-year-old has now told BBC Breakfast that she was wrongly diagnosed for many years.
“The More You Ignore Me”. Written by Jo Brand. My latest adventure. Release 6th July dare you to go see it. 💋👌🏻 pic.twitter.com/JPcLcI0ZdN— Sheridan Smith (@Sheridansmith1) June 20, 2018
Smith, who plays a mother struggling with schizophrenia in a new film, told the programme: “It’s taken me years to get to a place where I felt like I could own it and then say it. It was speculated that I was struggling.
“There were different doctors giving me different medication but I’m finally in a good place.
“It did take a massive thing to come out and actually say ‘I’m struggling and I need help’, so I understand that it is hard for people.”
Asked what helped her most, she said: “Eventually, I opened up to family members and people could see as well that I was gradually declining and struggling.
“Eventually, after years of going on different medication and just being wrongly diagnosed, I’ve got the right doctor now and I’m in a great place.
“It’s perseverance but you do get there.”
Smith stars in 1980s-set film The More You Ignore Me, penned by comedian and former psychiatric nurse Jo Brand.
“It’s a very hot topic at the moment and a very important topic so I’m thrilled to be part of it,” she said.
“We have come a long way (but) I think we can go further.”