The eccentric manager and wife of Ozzy Osbourne made the admission to her co-presenters on chat show The Talk, during which the panel discussed comedian Wayne Brady’s recent comments about his struggles with depression.
Osbourne, 62, told them she had been taking medication to help her cope with the same condition for well over a decade.
“You never talked about that!” co-host Aisha Tyler exclaimed, to which Osbourne replied: “Nobody ever asked!”
“Some days are better than others, and some days you feel like you just want to pull the sheets over your head and just stay in that bed and not do a damn thing - except rot,” she continued.
Osbourne has battled with ill health for a number of years. In 2002, she was diagnosed with colon cancer and underwent a double mastectomy in 2012.
“Sharon is the strongest woman I know,” Ozzy Osbourne told The Sun recently about his wife.
“When I saw the scans of the colon, I thought, 'No way'. The cancer was so aggressive.
“She had three chemotherapies a month and after nine months the side-effects got worse and worse.
“She was having seizures - she was like The Exorcist, bouncing around the bed. I thought I was going to lose her.”
According to the most recent statistics from the Mental Health Foundation, clinical depression affects 1 in 5 older people in the UK.
Quotes on depression
Quotes on depression
1/14 Alistair Campbell
Alistair Campbell: "One day, we will look back and wonder how on earth we used to believe that depression was a lifestyle choice, only to be debated and taken seriously when an A List film star took his life, and the world filled with people saying how shocked and saddened they were. "
2/14 On living with depression
Stephen Fry: "Depression is as real as the weather…it’s all about a kind of mental umbrella. 'Hey-ho, it’s raining inside: it isn’t my fault and there’s nothing I can do about it, but sit it out. But the sun may well come out tomorrow and when it does, I shall take full advantage.'"
3/14 On living with depression
Ernest Hemingway: "The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places." (He also said "happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know")
4/14 On living with depression
Jonathan Davis: "A lot of people don't realize that depression is an illness. I don't wish it on anyone, but if they would know how it feels, I swear they would think twice before they just shrug it."
5/14 On passing judgement on depression
Geoffrey Boycott: "Until you've had depression I don't think you're qualified to talk about it."
6/14 Jack Dee
Jack Dee: "I have had issues with depression all my life, and it's probably true to say there was a tendency towards it even when I was very young, during my schooldays. There was often - and this is quite common with comics - a sense of not feeling as if I belonged anywhere."
7/14 On living with depression
Jason Manford: "The world needs you even if you don't think it does. I promise, we need you here, now."
8/14 Author Jeanette Winterson
Art saved me; it got me through my depression and self-loathing, back to a place of innocence.
9/14 On life and depression
Agatha Christie: "I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know that just to be alive is a grand thing."
10/14 On living with depression
Albert Camus: "In the midst of winter, I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer."
11/14 On dealing with low mood
Dolly Parton "The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain."
12/14 If you're feeling depressed right now..
Annabel Giles: "If you’re depressed right now, then let's remember that we only have to do today, that's all. Nothing more. We can do just a day, can't we? And don’t forget, we haven't always been like this. The good days will come back. We've just go to do as much as we can, when we can."
13/14 Helen Keller on looking for the positive
Helen Keller: “When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.”
14/14 On it happening to all of us
Mariella Frostrup: "Only those with skin as thick as elephant hide can hope to sail through their teens unscathed by self-doubt and bouts of depression."
Mental symptoms of the disorder include feelings of deep hopelessness, anxiety, guilt, low self-esteem and sometimes suicidal thoughts. Physical symptoms can include disturbed sleep, unexplained pains, changes in weight or moving or speaking slower than usual.
There are also grave social implications for sufferers, whose relationships with their family and friends are often tried and who find it difficult to perform well at work.Reuse content