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Friday 18th October 2019

This Morning's Dr Chris opens up about his battle with depression

A brave man

Veteran daytime TV doctor, Chris Steele, has opened up about his battle with depression today.

Dr Chris told This Morning presenters, Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield, that he had  "had depression a couple of times, quite bad".

The problem is when you start the treatment you're on a low ebb. Most of the treatment takes a few weeks to kick in.

Dr Chris opened up about his depression (Credit: ITV)

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In a discussion about the effectiveness of anti-depressants, Dr Chris, 77, went on to detail his own experiences with the medication.

"I've had depression a couple of times, quite bad," he admitted.

"The problem is when you start the treatment you're on a low ebb. Most of the treatment takes a few weeks to kick in.

Dr Chris revealed the effects of anti-depressants (Credit: ITV)

"One day of depression is an eternity, and then another day and another day," he continued.

"The awful thing for me was you have sleep disturbance and can't get off to sleep.

"You have early morning awakening. It's 4am, it's dark, you're left with your mind that has dark thoughts. It's very difficult."

He went on to say that he was "living proof" that anti-depressants do work and the sooner a person opens up about their condition, the sooner it can be treated.

Viewers immediately took to Twitter to praise Dr Chris for his honesty.

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One viewer wrote on Twitter: "Dr Chris is such a lovely gentleman.

"I can't even deal."

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