My day in style… An­drea Mclean

Closer (UK) - - Contents - By Olivia Bux­ton

re­la­tion­ship. It was a big part of my life, but it drained me. I wasn’t in a good place. I turned to food to make my­self feel bet­ter. I much pre­fer be­ing sin­gle. I’d never be with any­one just for the sake of be­ing with some­one.”

DEAL­ING WITH DE­PRES­SION

Frankie – whose younger brother Joey also shot to fame on TOWIE – has al­ways been re­fresh­ingly open when dis­cussing men­tal health. She’s strug­gled with anx­i­ety and de­pres­sion ever since los­ing her mum to sui­cide at just 13 years old. Frankie has been tak­ing anti-de­pres­sants for the past two years and says she has used them to cope in­ter­mit­tently since her teens. De­spite see­ing a ther­a­pist once a week and be­ing on an­tide­pres­sants, she ad­mits it’s a con­stant bat­tle. She re­veals, “Life can stress you out. Some­times I’m on top of the world and some days I’m sad – but I’m al­lowed to be like that. I didn’t want to go out one night re­cently be­cause I was feel­ing anx­ious, but my friends per­suaded me. I did have a lot of fun, but then peo­ple were com­ment­ing on pictures on­line, say­ing, ‘Oh, you don’t look de­pressed’. I mean, what’s a de­pressed per­son meant to look like?” She adds, “It can be hard with trolls as you feel like you can’t win. But I’m not afraid to bite back; I won’t let them win.”

‘Neg­a­tive at­ten­tion can bring on eat­ing disor­ders’

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