'Benefit Street' star says depression isn't taken seriously

Deirdre Kelly, otherwise known as White Dee on TV programme 'Benefits Street', has spoken out about her depression in the hope that people will realise how serious it is.

According to u.tv, the star spoke to 'This Morning' about the criticism she received after appearing on 'Benefit Street'. One person told her she didn't look depressed and many believed she was lying about her condition in order to claim benefits.

"The filming was nearly every day for 18 months, they could show you a whole week where I haven't done anything and I just can't move and someone else is looking after the children," she explained.

Ms Kelly's depression began after her mother died. She says she was too afraid to leave the house and she did nothing but cry for 24 hours a day. It was her friend who really helped her, as they took her to see a GP, who put her on antidepressants, reports dailymail.co.uk.

Dr Chris Steele, a GP who regularly appears on 'This Morning', says that he has had depression himself three times.

"You can't just 'pull yourself together' - you need help, so see a doctor," he states. "You will get better if you take treatment and medical advice."

Almost a fifth of adult Brits suffer from depression, making it the most common mental health condition in the UK.