RTÉ star Emer O’Neill has opened up about her struggle with depression in a candid new interview.
The Today Show presenter revealed she suffered from postnatal depression following the birth of her first child Ky, but admitted her mental health struggles “had been brewing” for years prior, following the death of her father in 2009.
Speaking to the Irish Times, Emer said: “It was hard to admit that I needed help. I was always very, very embarrassed about it. I would never have told anybody that I suffered with depression because I felt people would look at me differently.”
Following the birth of her second child Sunny Rae, Emer once again suffered with postnatal depression, but this time she sought out help.
Speaking about being a mother, the former PE teacher said she loves watching her children grow: “Seeing them go from being so vulnerable, not being able to do anything for themselves to saying, ‘oh, does this T-shirt match these trousers?’ and you’re going like ‘wait, what? Where did those last seven years go?’”
“And seeing their little personalities come into fruition, I just sometimes look at them and think, ‘How did I get so lucky?’ Life was nothing before them. They have changed my entire world. I don’t think I was ever truly happy until I met my two kids,” she added.
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