Carol Vorderman Discusses Depression & Bioidentical Hormones With Lorraine Kelly
Carol Vorderman explains to Lorraine Kelly what she did to resolve her six-month battle with depression in 2015. During this insightful interview, she reveals how the depression was brought on by an imbalance in her hormones as a result of the menopause.
Now she wants every woman who is suffering from similar symptoms to know that there is an alternative. Watch the video to see her explaining the impact of bioidentical hormones on her life, or read the transcript below.
“I didn’t have any of those hot sweats and all of that kind of thing. I was surprised how it hit my emotions, I’m [usually] very stable. I spoke to a couple of people and I booked in to see a Professor who deals with bioidentical hormones, as opposed to a pharmaceutical. They are made from plants, you don’t have a massive dose of it, but it affects the receptors in the brain. Oestrogen, testosterone and progesterone.”
Speaking about her six-month battle in 2015, she revealed it was brought on by an imbalance in her hormones as a result of the menopause.
“I didn’t have any other symptoms that a lot of my friends have had with the menopause – I was just getting on with it and powering on, and then this depression hit me, and 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 I thought, “I don’t see the point in carrying on. I just don’t see the point in life. I don’t see it.”
‘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.
Even though life was good she still couldn’t shake the feeling, so much so that she considered ending her life, she added: ‘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.’
Carol, who recently revealed that her mum is suffering from terminal cancer, added: ‘From the moment I took it [the medication] I have never ever felt that way [depressed]. ‘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.’