Mental health takeover: Great Yarmouth DJ keeps friends and family close to cope with depression

Stefano Delgado. Photo: Stefano Delgado

Stefano Delgado. Photo: Stefano Delgado - Credit: Stefano Delgado

A DJ whose job forces him to go out and socialise has told of how living with depression and bipolar can make every day difficult.

Stefano Delgado. Photo: Stefano Delgado

Stefano Delgado. Photo: Stefano Delgado - Credit: Stefano Delgado

Stefano Delgado, 31, lives in Great Yarmouth and is also a meteorologist.

He said: 'I have had depress and bipolar since 2002, so I have had this now for 15 years.

'It affects me because I don't always want to go out and socialise, I prefer to stay in the house and not see anybody.

'I also lack motivation to do other things in life, simple things like shopping.'


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Stefano said the conditions can make him feel 'worthless', but that it was key to hold on to family and friends.

'It has also cost me friends that I have had in the past - and past relationships. Whenever I have a bipolar episode, this can and will affect other people in my life,' he said.

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But he said keeping those people close was important.

'Talking to your friends and family can have a real impact and can be a great help. If they are your true friends they will always stand by you and help you,' he added.

'In terms of coping, I find driving in my car helps,' he said.

'I find it soothing and relaxing - and free from trouble! I don't have the motivation to do exercises sometimes however, going to a spa helps me for the couple of hours I spend there.'

And he said being open and honest with a doctor was key too.

'Tell them everything. They can have a better understanding of what you are going through,' he said.

• For more from the EDP's mental health takeover special edition, click here.

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