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Fans boost Marian in depression battle

Bestselling author Marian Keyes has been inundated with messages of support from her fans following her admission that she is battling depression once again.

Hundreds of fans have posted messages to the author, praising her for her bravery in talking publicly about the condition, and sending their best wishes for her future recovery.

"Wishing for brighter days soon, and know so many are thinking of you. Stay strong and brave," one fan wrote.

"Marian, I am so sorry to hear that you're going through this. I'm thinking of you and sending you every best wish. Please know that you are much loved and we're all hoping you feel better soon," another fan posted.

The best-selling novelist this week published her monthly online newsletter, using it as a medium to reveal details of the "crippling depression" she is currently suffering from.

Keyes claims that she has been prone to bouts of depression on and off for years, but says that what she is battling at present is in "a totally different league".

The author, who has written 11 hit books to date and sold millions of copies worldwide, is hoping to draw awareness to the devastating mental illness, which affects thousands of people from all walks of life each year, by sharing her story with the public.

Speaking about the life-changing effects of depression, Keyes revealed that she has been unable to eat, sleep or even write in recent months.

"I can't eat, I can't sleep, I can't write, I can't read, I can't talk to people," she explains.

"The worst thing is that I feel it will never end.

"I know lots of people don't believe it, but depression is an illness, but unlike say, a broken leg, you don't know when it'll get better.

"I've been trying to read helpful, comforting and inspiring bits and pieces because I can't manage novels," she adds.

The writer continues that she does not wish to burden people with her troubles, given that the country is currently facing such extreme economic difficulties.

Keyes explains that she didn't want to go into too much detail about her woes, for fear that some people might feel she was being "a self-indulgent whiner, when there are people out there with real troubles".