Broadcaster Nicky Campbell has credited his dog with getting him through his emotional breakdown. The presenter explained how his Labrador knew something was wrong long before he did
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Nicky Campbell has credited his dog with getting him through his emotional breakdown.
The BBC and Long Lost Family star has been open about his own struggle with his mental health and previously recalled how one day he collapsed on a patch of grass outside London’s Euston train station and started sobbing.
And Nicky admits that his pet Labrador, who he credits with helping him through the toughest of times, has included much of his journey to get better while he writes a new book about having his dog a part of the family is.
Speaking to Susanna Reid and Ben Shepherd on ITV’s Good Morning Britain, Nicky explained how his dog just knew something was wrong and was immediately the one to comfort him.
Speaking on the ITV show, he said: “Think about the mental health aspect because we’ve talked about it – you’ve seen my best and my worst because we’ve been friends for a long time.
“I had a breakdown and was diagnosed with bipolar and Maxwell was amazing. He absolutely got me through. When I had a breakdown and started breaking down and crying outside Euston station my wife said come home to the girls and come home to us. “
He added: “And I didn’t want to — with depression, you really don’t want to articulate or talk to anyone, and I was lying on the bed. I heard the clink of his collar and he got up and laid his head on me and honestly he knew I wasn’t right.”
Nicky has previously opened up about his bipolar diagnosis.
“When the psychiatrist said, ‘You’re bipolar, is anyone in your family bipolar?’ it kind of clicked. That’s what an adopted child is looking for their whole life, a connection with someone they don’t have, an acknowledgment of the longing for a genetic connection, and I’ve found it,” he explained in an exclusive interview with The Mirror last year.
“She would have these manic episodes and sometimes talk about the depths of despair.”
Nicky also praised his wife for helping him through such a difficult time.
“She’s my savior, she had seen it coming and realized it had come to a head,” he added, as he recalled her sorting him out with a doctor’s appointment and seeing a psychiatrist after his fight.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-news/nicky-campbell-credits-dog-getting-26373728 Nicky Campbell credits his dog with getting him through his emotional breakdown