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PremierLeague-News.Com - By and large, Alastair has handled the pandemic well despite his depression. He talks My London through what it has been like living through a national crisis with a mental illness
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! The 12 - our new FREE email with all the news you need Invalid EmailSomething went wrong, please try again later.I'M INWhen you subscribe we will use the information you provide to send you these newsletters. Your information will be used in accordance with ourPrivacy Notice.Thank you for subscribingWe have more newslettersShow meSee ourprivacy notice"I'm very conscious of it," Alastair Campbell says. "I've really got to watch it this week". Alastair is talking about his depression. He has just reached the end of a week where he presented one of the UK's biggest breakfast television shows - ITV's Good Morning Britain - with a 3am wake up call to boot. He is also simultaneously in the process of promoting the new paperback edition of his latest book. The irony is all of this mentally depleting work is in the name of mental health. Alastair was chosen to present Good Morning Britain for three days in the name of Mental Health Awareness week, and his latest book, entitled Living Better, is about his personal struggle with depression and how he tried to overcome it. But depression, as Alastair notes in the book, isn't something to overcome, you can only learn to live with it. He is proof of that and is worried about the intensity of his recent work becoming a manic period and leading to what he calls a "plunge" all too soon. "I've really got to watch it because even last night I didn't sleep very well, even though I didn't have any reason to get up," he said. Alastair mentions how he has to keep an eye on his sleep, because this can be an indicator of when things start to get bad.
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. "I'd say, over the period of the pandemic, it's been pretty good actually. I have had one period of several days - maybe about 10 - which were bad bouts of depression."
On his depression scale, which goes from one (the best you can feel) to 10 (wanting to commit suicide), Alastair says it once reached seven/eight - "nine means you're incapable of getting out of bed," he says. "So I was still getting out of bed everyday but I didn't feel right and I wasn't motivated. Then I had another [bad period] a month later, which was also about a seven. "I did have a manic episode too, where I did something a bit daft on social media - which often happens to people." The "something a bit daft" was filming himself singing a version of the national anthem in which he changed the words to "God Save Our Dom" (in regards to the Dominic Cummings scandal). The song included lyrics such as "Send him to face the press, like Prince Andrew's Pizza Express." But what was more important is that he donned his brother's military medals as part of the joke. This offended a great deal of people. In Alastair's words: "Cue meltdown." A good friend phoned Alastair and told him to turn his phone off for a week, which was helpful, but he still went into a massive plunge almost instantly.
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