Beverley Callard wanted death

'Coronation Street' actress Beverley Callard has revealed she ''wanted to die'' last year because she didn't know how to cope with her clinical depression

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Beverley Callard

Beverley Callard wanted death

Beverley Callard "wanted to die" because she didn't know how to cope with her clinical depression.

The 'Coronation Street' actress - who plays feisty landlady Liz McDonald - has spoken out about how she became so unwell with the mental illness, her friends thought she looked like a "100-year-old woman" who was days from death.

She explained in her autobiography 'Unbroken': "I wanted to die because that seemed the only way it would stop.

"There was a time when I couldn't walk, I didn't clean my teeth, wash my hair. A friend came to see me and said I was just curled up in a ball on the bed and looked like a 100-year-old woman. He just came out and cried and thought, 'She's going to die.' "

The 53-year-old actress was admitted to the Priory rehabilitation centre in February last year, where she started to recover following electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) - where electrodes were attached to her head and she was shocked from the current.

Discussing her course of 12 treatments, she said: "It's a really controversial treatment.

"I'm an actress so I have a vivid imagination, but I thought I could smell burning flesh.

"It's difficult to say without sounding full of self pity, but I was so very ill that I didn't care what they tried. I just thought, 'Well, nothing can hurt me more than I'm hurting now.' "

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