Patsy: I had depression

EastEnders actress Patsy Palmer told how she felt like she was in a 'blackout' during the worst of her depression - and urged other sufferers to talk about their condition.

The 36-year-old star, real name Julie Harris, told BBC's Missing Live programme that she felt anxious during her first stretch playing Bianca Jackson in EastEnders.

Patsy, who was just 20 when she joined the soap, said she got caught up in the showbiz lifestyle soon after appearing in the show and found it hard to keep up.

The mum-of-three said she struggled to talk about her feelings and acknowledge that she was suffering with depression.

Patsy said: "It was quite a few years ago, when I was working at EastEnders before, and I wanted to change my life for the better, become healthier, stop drinking, stop the party lifestyle.

"After a couple of months I started to suffer from anxiety, and it went on for quite some time.

"It kind of just built up and built up, and because I wasn't talking about it - I tried all different kinds of ways, but that's the point, keeping it to yourself is really not a good idea.

"It was very confusing not being able to accept that there was something going on mentally - I was suffering from depression."

The star, who recently appeared in Comic Relief Does The Apprentice, said in the end it was her older brother who helped her get treatment.

Patsy's brother took her to a treatment centre to help her through her 'blackout' after she said she couldn't face going in to work.

The EastEnders star has since urged other sufferers to talk about their feelings and seek help

Source - The Sun

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