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|Posted: Tue Jun 05, 2012 11:00 am Post subject: 'Sometimes I want to slash my throat'
|Stephen Fry talks of his depression
|Stephen Fry has spoken about the depths of his depression that meant he has ‘wanted to die’ while recording episodes of QI.
The comedian acknowledged that he lived a charmed life and had nothing to be unhappy about – but that his illness did not recognize that.
‘When we talk about depression we are not taking about being in a bit of a bad mood where a nice bit of poetry and nature can help, I am talking about being a de-energised lump,’ he told the Telegraph Hay festival.
‘It is unreasonable for me to be unhappy. I have had one of the luckiest careers of my generation. There is no one I have not met, nothing I have not done. I am overpraised and overpaid. I have no reason to be unsatisfied with my life and all it has given me, indeed most of the time I am happy – but there are times when I want to slash my throat.’
‘I have done whole episodes of QI where I have wanted to die. My lips are moving but I do not want to be.’
He was speaking at a session in aid of the Samaritans to try to lessen the stigma attached to the illness, and said employees should not be allowed to sack people for being depressed.
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