Atomic Kitten's Liz McClarnon and Natasha Hamilton share their emotional experiences of mental health problems
‘My depression and panic attacks started about a year into Atomic Kitten. I remember I’d get depressed, then anxious, then depressed,’ Liz, 31, tells us.
‘But I didn’t tell anyone – not Natasha or Kerry [Katona] – and struggled alone.
‘When my mum Janet was diagnosed with cancer three years ago, depression hit me hard.
‘I felt out of control and finally went for counselling.’
Liz still has panic attacks but shares her feelings with bandmate Natasha.
‘I’ve been to hospital so many times with chest pains but I know what’s happening now,’ she explains.
‘Depression isn’t a dirty word. I can’t stress how great it is to confide in someone.
‘And talking about it makes your life easier.’
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