'Depression left me unable to wash or change my clothes' - 6th Dec 06
Hollywood star Emma Thompson has spoke candidly about her battle with depression. The actress, 47, said that during her darkest days she had been unable to wash or even change her clothes. It's incredible that such a wonderfully talented actress should reach such lows - but is it? Actors in particular achieve incredible highs when their careers are hurtling along at breakneck pace, with all the trappings. One minute you are on an incredible rush, then the next minute you are back to being just another human. What is amazing about this story is that Emma wrote the incredible Nanny McFee
Thompson explained to Easy Living magazine: "I've certainly been there, in various depressions, when you never wash, and wear the same things all the time. "It's the sort of depression that doesn't necessarily make you want to kill yourself - you just don't want to be, you want to switch it off and stop. "That's not the same as saying 'I'm going to kill myself'. But it's a feeling I know well."
The double Oscar-winner, who has a six-year-old daughter Gaia with her second husband Greg Wise, added: "The work I've done since Gaia was born has been quite intense at times, and it fed into a sort of postnatal depression that sent me right off the edge."
The Sense and Sensibility star went through four cycles of IVF, three of them after Gaia's birth, which contributed to her depression. She told the magazine: "It was hellish after Gaia was born, trying to have another baby through IVF. "That was terrible - I blamed myself, and no-one could persuade me that it wasn't my fault - and that led to another depression."
Thompson, currently playing a struggling author in Stranger Than Fiction, said: "It was bad. I counted other people's children for years. But I'm fine about it now."
The actress, who unofficially adopted a 16-year-old Rwandan orphan into her family four years ago, said she was now able to "balance" herself rather than "disappear into a kind of fantasy world".
She also told how Wise, her actor husband, thought he was destined to marry Kate Winslet after a friend, "who was a bit of a witch", told him he was going to meet his future wife on his next film.
Thompson was also in the movie, Sense and Sensibility, but married to Kenneth Branagh at the time. She said: "Of course, I was still married to Ken, so it didn't occur to Greg that it was me, he thought it was Kate. "And he took Kate to Glastonbury - not the festival, the town, because we were filming nearby - and if I am a Victorian at heart, she's a modern and Greg is a hippie.
"So she was just so bored by Glastonbury! If he'd wanted to get into her knickers, he should have taken her to Barcelona. But Glastonbury just wasn't going to do it. All those crystal shops." The pair got together later when Wise accompanied Thompson to Cannes on a private plane to open her film Carrington.
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