THE Wiggles have been hit by a new personal tragedy today with Blue Wiggle Anthony Field revealing he is suffering from depression.
Field has revealed his depression began in his early 20s and his decision to now go public will drawn more public focus on the so-called Black Dog condition.
His admission follows Yellow Wiggle Greg Page's departure last December from Australia's biggest-earning entertainment group after being diagnosed with the chronic illness orthostatic intolerance.
Field has revealed he has been seeing psychologists and a counsellor while amassing a fortune of nearly $100 million with the Sydney-based children's group.
"I remember once . . . my wife made a funny comment about me leaving a mess in the room and I couldn't talk for nearly 24 hours," he said.
"It makes me catatonic; I was thinking I'm not a good husband and just crazy stuff.
"That is what it can be like, it's illogical."
Field said even his children could not bring him out of what is known as the "black dog" of depression.
"I remember sitting in the lounge room with my beautiful children around me and they weren't even bringing me out of the darkness," he said. "It is really very scary."
Field said staying physically healthy and avoiding alcohol helped keep his depression at bay but he had to be careful during the rigours of touring with The Wiggles.
"People look at you and say, 'What have you got to be depressed about?'," he said. "(Depression) is a physical thing that sometimes I just can't reason my way out of."
The group is now on tour in Britain, playing 20 concerts in 11 days.
Depression killed my husband in 1995. He had been a person with a great sense of humor who was intelligent, had a good job, a wife (myself), five wonderful, adult children and four (at that time) grandchildren. He became so sad, withdrawn, afraid, etc. He saw doctors and was on various medications but in the end he couldn't escape and he took his life. I will never "get over it" or forget him. I am now remarried and have a great life - but - I miss him every day and when I think of him I am filled with sadness and pain. Now, my son-in-law has depression as bad as my husband did and it is SO scary.Posted by: Sandra L. Sigler-Marcoe of Tucson AZ 3:08pm December 16, 2007
If you think you might be suffering from Depression or know someone who might be just google "The Black Dog Institute" I was recommended to this site about 2 years ago when suffering from Non- Melancholic depression and it was an excellent resource.Posted by: Gopher of CBD Sydney 1:44pm June 06, 2007
Anthony, its FANTASTIC that you have come out, you will help people whom also suffer "Depression"..Posted by: Donna of Sydney 12:10pm June 06, 2007
There is good and bad about Anthony revealing this. Depression is hard enough to deal with at the best of times little lone in the public eye but also on the upside as a parent it makes e realise that he is just human.Posted by: Tania of penrith 11:26am June 06, 2007
I really feel for Anthony. I too suffer from depression and it's just like he said. People would say to me "your only young, why would you be depressed, you have your whole life ahead of you" but you can't help it. You just have it. And you can't do anything about it but keep positive and stay away from situations that can trigger an attack. I always thought that there was something wrong with people who have depression, but my doctor explained that it a chemical imbalance in your brain, that we don't have control over. Hang in there Anthony.Posted by: Bob of Sydney 11:07am June 06, 2007
My boyfriend also suffers from Depression and it is really sad and hard to watch. As a person who doesn't suffer from it I had to learn to deal with the fact what he was thinking wasn't my fault or anyones and he doesn't actually mean what he says but when they are in the Black Dog part of it, doesn't matter what you say you can't fix them. It's heart breaking seeing someone you love not love you or themselves. But I think an education system should start at schools with sex education classes, because a lot of people don't say anything. There is always a reason to live some people just need help staying positive.Posted by: sarah of cbd 10:56am June 06, 2007
Depression is a nasty, nasty piece of work and men who get it are often ostracised and persecuted for it - which of course only exacerbates the problem. Then an average of 5 a day in Australia go and 'cap' themselves because they can't get help. Wake up Australia and start taking this "black dog" seriously - the illness itself is treatable - it is how society treats those afflicted with it that causes a lot of the serious damage. My heart goes out to you Anthony.Posted by: roger that of bondi 10:52am June 06, 2007
Anthony, you are a strong person to be so candid about your illness. Not everyone will be understanding but remember it is about what is going on for you and not them. Your family sound like that are committed to helping and supporting you, so hang in there. Lots of love, fellow suffererPosted by: Amanda of Mid North Coast 10:50am June 06, 2007
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