Nicola Coughlan health: Bridgerton actress 'couldn't get out of bed' due to depression

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In a candid interview, Nicola Coughlan recalled the time she “had no money”, “couldn’t get out of bed” and felt like she “failed at everything”. It took her a long time to mentally recover, which was made possible by the continued support of family and friends.

Reflecting back on her experience, Nicola said: “I had to move back home to Ireland from London. I hadn’t had an audition in about a year.


“I had no money in my bank account, so I had to move back in with my parents.

“I was so depressed, and it was so hard. It was a very slow recuperation from that.”



The 33-year-old continued to tell Glamour magazine: “I couldn’t get out of bed.

“I felt like I failed at everything. I felt like I had nothing, and I had let my family down.”

During her depression, Nicola recognises that she thought “terrible things” about herself.

“I didn’t want to be around people because I didn’t want to make them feel down,” she added.

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Nicola Coughlan health: Bridgerton actress 'couldn't get out of bed' due to depression

Nicola Coughlan had a deep, dark depression (Image: Getty)

“I thought if I went out with my friends, I’d be the worthless person in the corner, but that’s such a dangerous way of thinking.”

While she was in the depths of depression, her sister would literally pull her out of bed and make her go for a run.

“Stuff like that gave me a sense of purpose again,” she commented. The continued support of her family enabled her to slowly shift her mindset.

“Everyone needs to know they’re loved,” she said. “There is always someone out there who cares about you, just reach out.

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“It’s so important to talk. The more open we are, we realise it’s not unusual and there’s a way out of it.”

Signs of depression


The NHS lists the following symptoms as signs of depression:

  • Continuous low mood or sadness
  • Feeling hopeless and helpless
  • Having low self-esteem
  • Feeling tearful
  • Feeling guilt-ridden
  • Feeling irritable and intolerant of others
  • Having no motivation or interest in things
  • Finding it difficult to make decisions
  • Not getting any enjoyment out of life
  • Feeling anxious or worried
  • Having suicidal thoughts or thoughts of harming yourself

In order for these signs to be considered depression, they persist for weeks or months.

In addition, they are “bad enough to interfere with your work, social life and family life”.

Nicola Coughlan health: Bridgerton actress 'couldn't get out of bed' due to depression

How cognitive behavioural therapy works (Image: Express)

There are physical symptoms to consider too, which are:

  • Moving or speaking more slowly than usual
  • Changes in appetite or weight (usually decreased, but sometimes increased)
  • Constipation
  • Unexplained aches and pains
  • Lack of energy
  • Low sex drive (loss of libido)
  • Changes to your menstrual cycle
  • Disturbed sleep – for example, finding it difficult to fall asleep at night or waking up very early in the morning
  • Social symptoms of depression can include:
  • Avoiding contact with friends and taking part in fewer social activities
  • Neglecting your hobbies and interests
  • Having difficulties in your home, work or family life

Depression tends to creep up on people, so “many people might try to cope with their symptoms without realising they’re unwell”, added the NHS.

People suffering from depression find it difficult to enjoy anything or be positive about the future.



Treatment for depression can involve self-help, talking therapies, medicines, exercise and support.

If you’d like more information on the support available to help someone who has depression, visit the NHS website.

Talking therapies are available on the NHS, but waiting times might be lengthy.

For confidential support call the Samaritans in the UK on 116 123 or visit a local Samaritans branch.

Nicola Coughlan will be on Channel 4’s Taskmaster Christmas Special, on Friday January 1, at 9pm.

Originally published here Daily Express :: Health Feed

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