Fiona Phillips reveals terrifying ‘brain fog’ that made her too scared to go on TV out of fear for her career

FIONA Phillips has admitted that she’s too scared to return to TV due to the ongoing battle with “brain fog”.

The former GMTV presenter, 61, has suffered from depression since entering menopause.

Fiona Phillips has been paralyzed by'brain fog' caused by menopause


Fiona Phillips has been paralyzed by ‘brain fog’ caused by menopauseCredit: Getty
Lorraine and former GMTV star too scared to return to TV


Lorraine and former GMTV star too scared to return to TVCredit: Rex

Fiona admitted it Mirror that she had been “crying thousands of rivers” for the past few weeks and was ‘fearing for her sanity’.

She told the publication: “God, it’s horrible, I haven’t worked for the first time in my life, I can’t do TV work because I’m so nervous and scared of everything and I’m not the type people like that. people at all.

“I intend to do everything I’ve ever done, but your body, your brain, won’t let you.”

Fiona added: “I hope God is not the end of my career.”


Fiona began her career as a reporter for a local radio station in Surrey and Sussex.

She then moved into television, working for BBC South East’s Weekend as a co-host before climbing the ranks at CNN.

In 1993, the mother-of-two joined GMTV (predecessor of Good Morning Britain) as an entertainment reporter.

Within five years, she became the main presenter on the ITV breakfast show.

Fiona presented her final episode in 2008 before being given a regular appearance in place of Lorraine Kelly on her daily morning show, Lorraine.

But she hasn’t worked for a year, after being ‘overtaken’ by her crippling menopause symptoms.

Fiona told The Mirror it had left her “stricken with anxiety” and “a shadow” of her former self.

She believes that the root cause of her ‘brain fog’, which causes confusion, blurred thoughts and poor concentration, is the constant fear she is experiencing as a result of her hormones. element.

The journalist and TV star, who is married to This Morning editor Martin Frizell, also worries her mind after caring for both her deceased parents as they battled the disease Alzheimer.

Martin is said to have urged his wife to contact Dr Louise Newson after she appeared on This Morning last week.

Raising awareness about menopause, Dr Newson emphasizes in his eye-opening section that the symptoms of menopause are more than just “hot flashes”.

She said it can affect memory, concentration and cause depression and anxiety. Dr Newson added that some women are even convinced that they have dementia because they are so badly affected.

“I talk to a lot of women who are really struggling with their mental health,” she adds. “A lot of these women have been misdiagnosed with other symptoms because, as healthcare professionals, we often don’t have the proper training.”

More than 7,000 women are said to have contacted This Morning after Dr Newson phoned the audience later in the show.

Fiona has worked on GMTV for 15 years


Fiona has worked on GMTV for 15 yearsCredits: Rex Features
Her husband Martin put her in touch with This Morning's Dr. Louise Newson


Her husband Martin put her in touch with This Morning’s Dr. Louise NewsonCredit: Rex
Fiona Phillips and Eamonn Holmes presenting GMTV 2004 Fiona Phillips reveals terrifying ‘brain fog’ that made her too scared to go on TV out of fear for her career

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