Cape Town – Kate Middleton’s younger brother, James Middleton is speaking openly about his battle with depression, calling it a “cancer of the mind.”
The 31-year-old published a personal essay on the Daily Mail, writing: “I know I’m richly blessed and live a privileged life. But it did not make me immune to depression.”
James wrote: “It is tricky to describe the condition. It is not merely sadness. It is an illness, a cancer of the mind.”
“It’s not a feeling but an absence of feelings. You exist without purpose or direction. I couldn’t feel joy, excitement or anticipation — only heart-thudding anxiety propelled me out of bed in the morning. I didn’t actually contemplate suicide — but I didn’t want to live in the state of mind I was in either,” he continued.
He goes on to say that he felt “compelled to talk about it openly” because of his brother-in-law Prince William, sister Kate and Prince Harry’s work with mental health charity, Heads Together.