Denise Welch candidly opens up about her ongoing battle with depression in new autobiography
BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS
The Unwelcome Visitor is the name that TV star Denise Welch gives to the episodes of clinical depression she has suffered from over the past 30 years.
In her typically candid style, Denise brings humour and honesty to the conversation that seems more urgent than ever right now. She shows readers how brave and courageous it is to be open and vulnerable with mental health struggles and how it can help you to gain back control.
The book was prompted by the massive response she got after she impulsively tweeted a video of herself during an episode of clinical depression.
Denise says: “Though we have come a long way this crippling, debilitating, often terminal illness is still shockingly misunderstood. This is my story that you have asked me to tell. Those who suffer from depression will understand and those who don’t will hopefully learn how to.”
Within these pages Denise reveals her ongoing journey from breakdowns to breakthroughs and through self-destruction to self-acceptance.
This is the book Denise has always been wishing for each time she finds herself exhausted and defeated after another visit. It’s not a self-help book, but a guide to how Denise herself deals with the Unwelcome Visitor. It’s a tell-all account of heartbreaking revelations and traumatic moments that have occurred during Denise’s mental health journey, with one depressive episode leaving her unable to speak.
For so many people, understanding the effect that depression has on their lives is a hugely unchartered territory. Denise is no stranger to mental illness and has never been afraid to open up about her struggles, but in this autobiography she digs deeper into her past.
Now more than ever, we need to be opening up about mental health and having these conversations with the people around us. Denise’s new book couldn’t have come at a better time and it’s certain to help so many who are struggling. This is an excellent account of how an individual copes with depression and hopefully people suffering, as well as their loved ones, can be consoled by it.