Comedian and radio host PJ Gallaghers spoke about his struggles with mental health issues and how he spent nearly three months in the hospital for treatment.
At the beginning of this year, Mr. Gallagher took a leave of absence from his presentation duties on Dublin Radio Nova because he had suffered what he described as a “breakdown”.
The naked camera The star said he was admitted to St Patrick’s Hospital because he “has become a real threat to myself”.
Mr. Gallagher shared his experiences on a special episode of Radio Nova Glory Days Podcast with host Jim McCabe.
He said he has been diagnosed with depressive anxiety and recurrent depressive disorder.
“Which was news to me because I suppose I’ve had fits of it before, but it’s something I’ve never talked about, no matter how long I’ve been standing or the radio, and I’ve never said or told anyone about it,” he said. It’s always practical.”
The comedian has struggled with mental health issues in the past, however, he said that situations at the time meant they weren’t fully dealt with.
“I’ve had fits that were big,” he said. “I had one really bad fit as a teenager, and to be honest, that was dealt with at the time.”
“It was the ’90s so it was handled differently, the GP first told me to put the runners on and do some exercises.
“It’s different now fortunately. After that, all waves would come every so often but I knew what I had to do.
“I’m going to my GP, taking these SSRIs and in a month or so I’ll start feeling better. I have a way to manage it, so it’s never been a big deal.”
Mr. Gallagher said his illness returned before the start of the year and that things had gotten so bad that even though “I was a real danger to myself”.
He described going out for a walk with his dogs and falling to his knees due to a “complete and utter mental breakdown”.
“As bad as I was before, this unbelievable, unbearable, inescapable fear gripped me… All I could think of for the next two months was, ‘I don’t want to be alive.'” I could think of nothing else but not wanting to be alive.”
“The only way to get rid of it was to not be around anymore. Fear of nothing, just crazy things running through my head.”
“It feels very stupid when you say it now but the fear of homelessness, the fear of poverty, the fear of not having money, the fear of not having skills, the fear of being useless, the fear of being a burden to people, the fear of all of that… feeling like you On the way to the world.
One night things went well and Mr. Gallagher drove to his friend Stephanie Pressner’s house at 4 am because he said he knew, “I will not survive today, today today.”
He called Ms Pressner “the greatest person I’ve ever met” and said she went out and sat with him in his car.
Mr. Gallagher said at the time that it was a “life-or-death situation” and Ms Pressner saved his life.
He said, “I got out and got into the car and was physically shivering in a ball, physically shivering, hands clenched, my head down, and it saved my life that day,” he said.
“No *** you saved my life that day… I went and brought something to eat and put her hand on my arm and said, ‘Whatever it is, I promise it will pass.’”
With the help of his close friend, Mr. Gallagher sought the necessary help and said St. Patrick’s Hospital was “the best place in the world”. He urged others who find themselves in a similar situation to reach out for support.
“I wish you had been in hospital three weeks ago,” he said. “You learn how to manage it afterward.”
“I will never be sick again, and never will because now I have the tools, and you have to work on being healthy… I will get sick again but it will never be like that again. I hope I will never be like this. In the hospital again.”
“Hopefully I never have to take time off from work again. I’m in a really good place…I’ve never felt better. This is the best year of my life, without a doubt. I learned to say no.”
He added, “The hardest thing in the world when you feel like that is to say it to someone, but you have to say it to someone.
“Again I was lucky, I have health insurance, I was going to cancel it last year… Thank God I didn’t cancel it. Get in to your GP. If you’re feeling really desperate, get into the hospital, go to A&E, have someone help you.”
“I know it’s going to sound crazy to anyone with depression and I know it seems impossible, but give yourself a chance, talk to your friends, and tell everyone around you that you’re not feeling well, because you’re going to get help. I know it sounds silly when you’re in it but there is a way out. “.
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