Monday 19 November 2018

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 (Jonathan Brady/PA)
Sheridan Smith (Jonathan Brady/PA)

By Sherna Noah, Press Association Senior Entertainment Correspondent

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.

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.”

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