Duchess Kate’s brother opens up about battle with depression

James Middleton

"I couldn't communicate, even with those I loved best: my family and close friends", James wrote.

Alizee and James have been dating for six months, and they are said to be "deliriously happy".

"I'd finally confronted the fact that I couldn't cope any longer, that I wasn't all right; that I desperately needed help", he said.

At one point James thought about suicide, but instead chose to do something to battle his illness.

"Although I'd never say I am cured. now I understand it and, with professional help, have worked out strategies for coping".

His sister, brother-in-law Prince William, and Prince Harry started the charity Heads Together in the United Kingdom to help reduce the stigma around mental health. "It was impossible to let my loved ones know about the torture in my mind".

James also spoke candidly about his other struggles, which includes being diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) past year and being "severely dyslexic" as a child.

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He added that it was actually Kate's mental health campaign that had convinced him to come forward about his experiences.

Going on to say he believes his ADD is a gift and "accounts for my creativity and emotional intensity", Middleton hopes that in sharing his story others will feel the stigma of dealing with mental illness lift off their shoulders, so to speak. "I want to speak out, and they are my motivation for doing so". It explained what he described as a lack of focus in his work and also added explanation to his struggles with reading at school, having also knowingly had dyslexia at the time.

James also revealed that he asked his doctor to initially explain his condition to his family and he praised them for helping him "enormously".

"I recognize, too, the role my dogs - Ella, Inca, Luna, Zulu and Mabel - have played in my recovery", he wrote.

"Ella, particularly, has been my constant companion for ten years and she's been with me to all my therapy sessions".

Pop culture website Hello Giggles summed up the surprised reaction to James Middleton, writing: "We were today years old when we found out Kate Middleton has a hot brother who breeds dogs, looks like a bearded Jude Law, and just made his Instagram public". "I felt as if I was going insane". "Animals can provide a sense of calm, comfort, or safety and divert attention away from a stressful situation and towards one that provides pleasure".

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