depression is no laughing matter

When stand up comedian Jack Dee talks about suffering from depression in an interview with The Telegraph columnist Bryony Gordon, he was very serious about how hypnotherapy has helped him;

“I was on various anti-depressants, but not for long – I didn’t function very well on them. I felt sort of flattened out. Plus I found another way… hypnotherapy.”

“It’s very good. I mean it’s only really talking. I always think of it as being a bit like a brain massage. It just sort of resets you. Sometimes you have to switch the computer on and turn it back off again. I try and do it once a month and no more, because you can end up depending on things. I don’t want to come off stage and think I did a good gig just because I was wearing red socks. Life would become intolerable.”

As Bryony Gordon says in the full interview, Jack Dee “earned his living making mirth out of his own misery.” His whole onstage persona is built on being downcast and melancholic. So it’s good to know that thanks to a little ‘brain massage’ he’s the antipode of the jester or comic; Jack Dee’s unhappy on stage and cheerful in life.

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