Christopher Eccleston ‘nearly lost everything’ during mental health struggles

By Obiajulu Chiagoziem

Christopher Eccleston 57, has opened up about his experience in his struggles with mental health, revealing how he almost lost everything.

Christopher, a former Doctor Who actor, was hospitalized over diagnosed clinical depression and mental health challenges.

While sharing his experience with Plymouth-based Big Issue magazine vendor Clive, that’s a publication the actor is an ambassador for, he said: “I think the received idea about people who sell The Big Issue is that they’ve never had a ‘successful life’.

“But I discovered that when I had a severe clinical depression and I was hospitalised… I nearly lost everything.

“There was one night I thought I was going to die. I was running down Euston Road with a suitcase. Now, if anybody has seen me they’d have gone, ‘Oh, there’s Doctor Who’.

“My point is, I don’t think people understand how quickly it can happen. Particularly in times of economic recession.”he said.

Christopher first experienced the mental break down while he was filming the first series of The A Word on BBC, which aired in 2016.

He shared that it has been “fight or flight for a couple of years and could no longer fight or fly”.

According to him, he has been experiencing a different reacting result from his brain as it gives him to fearful part that he’s going to die.

“I don’t know whether it would be called psychosis, I was just convinced that I was about to die all night,” he said.

He’s gradually recovering steadily.