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National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month: Denise Welch opens up about her “thick, black suicidal depression”
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English actress and T.V. presenter, Denise Welch, recently opened up about her struggle with depression in a candid interview with Happiful magazine. The “Loose Women” star, who found her work schedule incredibly challenging, used alcohol and cocaine to keep pace with it. She shared how quitting alcohol and drugs helped her and how she feels that her “mental health is a million times better” now.

Blaming her battle with depression and alcohol abuse to have numbed her of the ability to love her family, the 59-year-old star has learned to live with her depression, calling it a very unwelcome guest, whom she tolerates because she knows that it will go one day.

A common but highly treatable disorder, depression affects over 17 million American adults annually with an estimated 16.1 million adults having at least one major depressive episode during the past year. A significant mental health risk, women are approximately two times more likely to suffer from major depression and dysthymia. When left untreated for a long time, it can result in worsening of the symptoms, longer hospital stays and delayed recoveries.

Battling depression, addiction and suicidal impulses

Loved by millions, the star of “Coronation Street” has battled depression, addiction and suicidal impulses. Welch’s mental health battles began a couple of days after giving birth to her first child, Matthew or Matty, 28.

Talking about her struggle with alcohol addiction, she admitted having won the battle against alcohol years ago. She added that while she still suffers from episodes of depression, they are shorter and less intense as she does not combine them with alcohol.

Recalling the incident when she smashed her partner’s flat, the star confessed that she never had a drink post that incident. “I never had a drink after that night. I don’t miss one thing about my life before then. I don’t miss anything about alcohol. I never ever want to have another drink. I feel so much better, mentally and physically, entering my sixtieth year than I did my fortieth and my fiftieth,” she said.

Talking about the all-night panic attack that she suffered after her newborn son, Matty, whimpered Welch said, “I remember sitting on the settee and blackness starting from my feet, working up my body, and I was immediately in a thick, black suicidal depression. It’s the most frightening thing that’s ever happened to me in my life.” She was later diagnosed with being on the verge of postpartum depression, a mood disorder characterized by erratic behavior, hallucinations and delusional thoughts that may make it difficult for new mothers to complete daily care activities for themselves or for others.

While there is no single reason to explain why a person may contemplate suicide, depression is the most common mental disorder associated with such feelings. Recognizing the need to talk about mental disorders and suicide, America observes the National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month in September every year, wherein people across the country come together to share their stories and experiences about suicidal thoughts and experiences. Not all mentally ill people commit suicide, but the possibility increases when mental disorders are left untreated and they self-medicate with substance abuse.

There is hope

A term used for someone experiencing mental illness and substance abuse problems simultaneously, co-occurring disorders, present a unique challenge for both the patient and the health care professional. With 8.1 million American adults suffering from co-existing morbidities in the past year, it becomes imperative to treat these with integrated therapy.

A leading women-only rehab center, Sovereign Health of Arizona helps its patients live their lives free of afflictions and addictions brought on by dual diagnosis. Our treatment team at dual diagnosis treatment center in Chandler, Arizona uses the latest, research-backed treatment modalities to help clients lead healthier and more productive lives.

Sovereign Health offers tailor-made treatment plans that seek to address any underlying mental illness and substance addictions, a patient might be struggling with. For more information about our dual diagnosis treatment facilities at Arizona or to know about our state-of-the-art rehab centers spread across the U.S., call our 24/7 helpline or chat online with our representatives.

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