Trevor Noah tells DJ Fresh about his battle with depression

2017-08-07 16:35


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Johannesburg – He may have it all now, but SA comedian Trevor Noah says there was a time when everything was not all sunshine and rainbows.

Chatting to DJ Fresh on Metro FM’s breakfast show on Monday, The Daily Show host spoke about struggling with depression in the early stages of his career. 

"I think we have a misconception of what it is. So when they say you suffer from depression people think you’re saying you’re just sad all the time. You’re not sad. You know what depression is? Essentially, it will be a chemical thing in your brain where you perceive what is happening to you now to be happening to you forever," Trevor explained. 

He continued: "So if you’re having a bad day now or you’re having a bad moment, in your mind you go, ‘it’s forever’. And then you don’t want to wake up, you don’t want to work, you don’t want to live, you don’t want to do anything. It’s like its one of those things where you just deal with it."

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According to Trevor the best cure for depression is finding purpose: "Funny enough, one of the best things that helps depression is work, and socialising with other people and connecting. Because when you work you find purpose."

This is not the first time the comedian has openly spoken about suffering from depression. Trevor credited Jim Carrey for helping him with his battle with depressing during his Just for Laughs acceptance speech in July. 

Watch the interview here: