She told The Times at the time: “It was six months. It was a complete nervous breakdown.
“I was pretty badly shaken up. My nerves were gone. I didn’t dare go to the shops.
“I had a really ropey old time. I was spending all day thinking, ‘How will I get through the day?’
“I had those panic attacks when you think, ‘Breathe in, breathe out, just keep breathing in. Study the flowers. What colour are the flowers?’
“Anything to stop your mind going mad. And I thought, ‘I’ve got to get out of this, how do I?’”
Ms Lumley, who also spoke about animal rights issues during the interview, then went on to cite a short poem, reportedly by Adam Lindsay Gordon.
“Life is mostly froth and bubble / Two things stand like stone / Kindness in another’s trouble / Courage in your own,” it reads.
“And if you think of that, just, get a grip! Do you know what I mean?
“Of course, some of you are going to feel bloody awful, and some of you may well be suicidal or mentally depressed – that’s a different thing – but anybody who just goes, ‘oh, burr’, you just go, ‘get over it’,” the personality added.
The comments, aired on Friday, have since divided the Internet, with some praising the star’s remarks:
LOVE this\u2026 \nOf course, when I\u2019ve regularly said similar stuff, I\u2019ve been branded a heartless monster. \nPerhaps now a national treasure like Dame Joanna\u2019s said it, people may understand it\u2019s actually a good thing to show mental resilience & a bit of \u2018stiff upper lip.\u2019 https://twitter.com/isabeloakeshott/status/1486995523219427334\u00a0\u2026
Got sick of saying this especially as a Cop. Bereavement, relationship problems, not getting promotion, your own way or the job you wanted etc are life issues. "Man the **** up." indeed. BZ Joanna Lumley.\n https://uk.news.yahoo.com/joanna-lumley-mental-health-bandwagon-142244866.html?soc_src=social-sh&soc_trk=tw&tsrc=twtr\u00a0\u2026 via @Yahoo
Whilst there is a distinction between the two, it\u2019s really not for Joanna Lumley to determine or make sweeping pronouncements about who is \u2018clinically ill\u2019 and who is \u2018remotely sad\u2019, esp as most experts agree #MentalHealth issues exist on a complex & subtle spectrum.https://twitter.com/mhmediacharter/status/1487386715581042691\u00a0\u2026
Done with Dame Joanna Lumley.\n\nMental illness is more prevalent in people with harder lives. As they're more often stretched to breaking point. Working class people tend to have harder lives than people with Dame in their title.\n\nSo this attitude to those with less is just gross.pic.twitter.com/wvf8nmWLP3
Love Joanna Lumley but do not agree at all. It\u2019s quite easy to sit and tell people to \u201cget a grip\u201d when you come from Lumley\u2019s position. People with financial struggles, nurses, single parents, immigrants etc., I don\u2019t think they need someone tell them to \u201cget over it\u201d
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