Fearne Cotton reveals battle with depression: 'Everything was a drag and felt heavy'
TV presenter Fearne Cotton has opened up about her battle with depression, saying: "Everything was a drag and felt heavy."
Fearne (35) revealed that depression struck several years ago when she was working as a DJ at BBC Radio 1.
"I had a real lack of energy," she revealed in her new book, Happy.
"I felt so drained and my lust for everything that I love wasn't there any more."
'I'm very optimistic by nature, I wake up in the morning and I'm very excited about my day, I'm so pumped and enthusiastic about the smaller things in life and that was dead."
Fearne, who has two children, Rex (three) and Honey (one), with husband Jesse Wood, said that she experienced several warning signs signifying that she had to do something about how she was feeling.
"Everything was a drag and felt heavy. I felt anti-social, cut-off, alienated and they were massive warning signs. Everyone has that lightbulb moment that they need to do something differently, but for me it was feeling stuck."
'It was a tough time. But it was probably quite helpful, getting out the house, communicating with people, even if it is on a surface level and I think that slowly does help you."
"Having one thing that feels quite normal, when everything else is chaotic, is quite healthy."
After going to her doctor and being diagnosed with depression, Fearne was prescribed anti-despressants.
"I decided it would get my head above the clouds for a moment. I'd never taken them before so it felt like it be worth a go."
Fearne, who married Jesse, the son of The Rolling Stones star Ronnie Wood, in 2014, said that she is "exceptionally lucky" to have met him.
"I'm exceptionally lucky that I met someone who's so unbelievably free-spirited and curious about life and open-minded."
"He's constantly a good soundboard and has a very positive outlook."
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