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Carol Vorderman reveals she suffered from depression caused by the menopause

The 43-year-old told Lorraine Kelly there were days she didn’t “see the point in carrying on”

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Carol Vorderman has spoken to Lorraine Kelly about battling depression caused by the menopause. The 56-year-old gave a frank interview on Wednesday in which she admitted that there were days she didn’t see "the point in carrying on". The former Countdown star said her life had been normal right up until the menopause began. "I was powering on doing this and building houses, and flying a plane, and bringing up my kids by myself and all of those different things," she explained. "And then this depression hit me.


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Carol Vorderman has revealed she suffered from depression caused by the menopause

"I don't use the word depression lightly. This was a blackness where I would wake up – nothing else in my life was going wrong, I'm a very lucky woman, no money worries or nothing like that – and I would wake up and thought, 'I don't see the point in carrying on. I just don't see the point in life. I don't see it.' And there was no reason to feel that way, and the only reason I didn't do anything, and I've not admitted it before, is because I have two children." She added: "I thought, 'I just want this feeling to stop, I'd do anything for this feeling to stop, because I can't sort it.' And this went on for a number of months."

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Carol revealed she had sought treatment to help combat her depression, admitting, "I suspect we wouldn't be talking today" if she hadn't. "From the moment I took [the medication], I have never ever felt that way [depressed]," she said. "I've been fed up, and obviously at the moment my mum is not well, so I'm upset. But there is a reason for all of those things, whereas before there was no reason for it, and it was absolutely, categorically to do with hormones."

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