What Everyone Can Learn From Princess Diana and Winston Churchill's Struggles With Depression

Date August 27, 2018 17:24

Mental health issues are, unfortunately, a common thing many people face in their lives. It includes anxiety, depression, as well as other illnesses.

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In the last years, many celebrities started openly discussing their experience with mental health, which helps others recognize the troubling symptoms in themselves. Truth is, it's possible to lead a normal life as long as the person is aware of their mental tendencies and gets proper treatment.

However, in the past, public personas were much more secretive when it came to their mental health. For that reason, we want to reveal struggles with depression as experienced by Princess Diana and Winston Churchill.

Coping with 'the black dog'

Both Winston Churchill and Princess Diana were very open about their depression. Former UK Prime Minister even called it "living wth the black dog," which people close to him knew very well about. As recalled by his friends and family, it affected his mood so much that one day he was on top of the world, and the next he could feel the worst about himself.


Princess Diana also didn't shy away from discussing her mental health. She revealed to BBC1 Panorama that she struggled with post-partum depression. Diana was able to recognize that something was wrong and got proper help:

I received a great deal of treatment, but I knew in myself that actually what I needed was space and time to adapt to all the different roles that had come my way. I knew I could do it, but I needed people to be patient and give me the space to do it.

However, despite being treated and open with her family about it, they weren't very understanding and even gave her unflattering nicknames, such as "Diana's unstable" and "Diana's mentally unbalanced." But it wasn't the princess' only disorder – she also revealed her experience with bulimia:

I had bulimia for a number of years. And that's like a secret disease. You inflict it upon yourself because your self-esteem is at a low ebb, and you don't think you're worthy or valuable.


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According to Diana, she had a hard time dealing with being in a public eye and trying to hide the marital issues she had with Prince Charles. From her interview, we can see that she spent a great amount of time trying to resolve her mental problems, and understood their core. We can all learn from her approach, which is why her experience is now used to teach children about mental health.

Educating the youth

Princess Diana and Winston Churchill are now used as examples by schools with an intention to educate kids about depression and anxiety. Other public figures who shared their stories and are now introduced to kids include David Beckham and late Carrie Fisher.

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It's okay to admit to suffering from any kind of mental conditions. There's nothing shameful about needing help and striving to get better for the sake of a brighter life.

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