Best-selling author tells of dark days
IN THE January issue of her newsletter to fans, Irish writer Marian Keyes – author of best-selling novels such as Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married,
Watermelon and Sushi for Beginners – said she was the grips of a depression so bad she described it as “living in hell”.
Keyes, a self-confessed alcoholic, has spoken about her battle with depression in the past.
An estimated one in four people in the UK suffers from mental health problems, but many refuse to discuss their experiences owing to the stigma.
“I’m very sorry but this is going to be a very short piece because I am laid low with crippling depression,” Keyes wrote in her newsletter.
“I know I’m leaving myself open to stinky journalists saying ‘What has she got to be depressed about, the self-indulgent whiner, when there are people out there with real troubles?’ so I won’t go on about it.
“All I will say is that I’m aware that these are terrible times and that there are people out there who have been so ruined by the current economic climate that… every day is a battle for basic survival, and I wish I could make their pain go away.
“But although I’m blessed enough to have a roof over my head, I still feel like I’m living in hell. I can’t eat, I can’t sleep, I can’t write, I can’t read, I can’t talk to people. The worst thing is that I feel it will never end. I know lots of people don’t believe it, but depression is an illness, but… you don’t know when it’ll get better.
“So amigos, I’m sorry to abandon you for the moment. Full service will be restored at some stage, I hope.”
Speaking previously about her depression, Keyes said she had used her experiences in her writing: “ Rachel’s Holiday is about someone coming to terms with addiction, and Anybody Out There is about bereavement.” – The Belfast Telegraph