David Walliams, 48, has become known for his children's books over the years, with his latest release being The Buckingham Palace Beast. In addition to providing hours of entertainment for young children, Star's books have also helped him personally in his struggles with depression.
“It was not just the terrible elemental sadness I felt, but the fear.
“Fear of death, fear of life, fear of love, fear of everything. This lasted six months.
But earlier this year, the funny guy revealed that becoming a father helped depression.
Opening in an episode of Bear's Mission, David admitted: “I've had struggles with depression in the past.
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"There have been periods throughout my life when I've been very, very depressed and lasted a long time."
But he added, "I'm certainly in a better place now and a great thing about being a dad.
"Your whole life starts to revolve around them and you stop thinking so much about your own problems because you don't have time for it."
Revealing what triggered his depression, David added: "A variety of things, end of relationships … all sorts of things can take you to a very dark place."
Explaining how to deal with a mental health crisis, David said, "Seek help and don't be ashamed … I did it and it really helped a lot."
But he added that writing his children's books also helped: "I don't like being alone with my thoughts for a long time … when you're writing, you're not alone.
"You have the characters, they're like – it seems a bit tragic – but they're like friends."
What is depression?
Depression is more than just feeling unhappy or fed up for a few days, explains the NHS.
“Most people go through periods of discouragement, but when you are depressed you feel persistently sad for weeks or months instead of just a few days.
“Some people think depression is trivial and not a genuine health condition. They are wrong – it is a real disease with real symptoms. Depression is not a sign of weakness or something you can "get out of" by composing yourself.
"The good news is that with proper treatment and support, most people with depression can fully recover."
Symptoms of depression can range from mild to severe, but most people experience feelings of stress, unhappiness, or anxiety in difficult times.
If you think you may be depressed, consult your doctor.