Christopher Eccleston opens up on the trauma of nervous breakdown
Christophe eccleston said he “lost almost everything” after suffering a nervous breakdown that took him to hospital.
The old one Doctor Who star – who has previously spoken about battling depression and an eating disorder – spoke to The big problem magazine salesman Clive, telling him that trying to carry on with his normal life had become too much for him one night.
Eccleston, 57, said: “I think the misconception about people selling The Big Issue is that they never had a ‘successful life’.
“But I found out that when I had severe clinical depression and was hospitalized… I lost almost everything.
“There was one night I thought I was going to die. I was running on Euston Road with a suitcase.
“Now if anyone saw me he would have left: ‘Oh, there is Doctor Who‘.
“What I mean is I don’t think people understand how quickly this can happen. Especially in times of economic recession.
Eccleston – a divorced father of two – likened his depression to a psychotic episode, revealing it happened while filming the first series of The word A, which aired on BBC One in 2016.
He said: “I was playing a character called Maurice, who was comedic and bluff. I would spend 10 hours a day being him, then I would go back to my hotel room and not sleep.
“I later found out that I had fought or fled for a few years and could no longer fight or fly, my brain chemistry was telling me I was about to die.
“I wasn’t necessarily going to kill myself. I don’t know if it would be called psychosis, I was just convinced I was going to die overnight.
“But at 7 am I was going to work and there was Maurice’s costume.
“And I swear, Clive, I put it on and I was fine.”
Eccleston starred alongside Lee Ingleby, Morven Christie and Max Vento in The word A as the grandfather of a young boy adjusting to life after being diagnosed with autism spectrum.
The third series aired earlier this year.
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