Former Countdown and Loose Women personality Carol Vorderman has spoken about her depression.
Carol presented Loose Women for ITV.
Carol, who shot to television fame on Channel 4’s words and numbers quiz Countdown in the ’80s, has spoken to Lorraine Kelly about having depression caused by the menopause, admitting there were days she did not see ‘the point in carrying on’.
In a frank interview on ITV’s Lorraine show, Carol who has also hosted Tomorrow’s World for the BBC, described how her life had been normal until the menopause began.
“[I was] powering on doing this and building houses and flying a plane and bringing up my kids by myself and all of those different things. And then this depression hit me and I don’t use the word depression lightly, this was a blackness where I would wake up – nothing else in my life was going wrong, I’m a very lucky woman, no money worries or nothing like that – and I would wake up and I thought, ‘I don’t see the point in carrying on. I just don’t see the point in life. I don’t see it.’ And there was no reason to feel that way and the only reason I didn’t do anything, and I’ve not admitted it before, is because I had two children. …. I thought I just want this feeling to stop, I’d do anything for this feeling to stop because I can’t sort it. And this went on for a number of months.”
Lorraine later asked Carol what she thinks would have happened if she hadn’t got treatment and Carol admitted: “I suspect we wouldn’t be talking today.” Carol realised that she was feeling worse during two weeks of the month and thought it may be linked to her hormonal cycle. She then got medication that helped her.
“From the moment I took it [the medication] I have never ever felt that way [depressed]. I’ve been fed up, and obviously at the moment my mum is not well so I’m upset. But there is a reason for all of those things whereas before there was no reason for it and it was absolutely, categorically to do with hormones.”