‘Diagnosed with depression’ Fearne Cotton on this ‘excruciating’ period

Hugely popular TV and radio presenter, Fearne Cotton, made the decision to discuss her depression diagnosis in her new book Happy, and in a recent column for Glamour magazine she offered an insight into the motivation behind it.

"The book Happy was born from a huge personal shift in perspective and pivotal point in my life," the mother-of-two began.


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In words which are bound to resonate with millions, she continued: "I used to believe that life worked in a certain way and that particular moments should be reached or achieved, and along with that would come happiness."

Fearne reveals that this particular approach was thrown into freefall when she was diagnosed with depression, continuing: "Although excruciating, this explosive yet short period of my life lead me to soul search in new ways I hadn't before."

The presenter, who first hit our screens way back in 1996, is eager to remind the public that depression does not discriminate.

"There might be assumptions made that if you are on TV or have experienced a certain journey in life then you should be immune to depression or sorrow."

Fearne chose to use her book to share the techniques which help her to navigate the condition – something which she also touched on in the recent column.


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"Simple pleasures like being with my family, getting out in the fresh air, eating healthy food and music are all small things that impact my happiness daily," she wrote.

"For me it's all about those small steps in the right direction rather than huge leaps where there are no guarantees."

Reflecting on Happy, which is set for release in February 2017, Fearne added: "It's an honest book which I hope brings solace to others knowing they're not alone and also includes practical exercises to help tap up that happiness daily."